My 6yo DS had has a temperature of between 38.4 and 40.6 since last Tuesday. I manged to get it to a relatively normal 37.6 for about 2 hours on Saturday morning but it has not been in the normal range since. His temperature has averaged at about 39.3 and has been 40.5 or above on 7 separate occasions.
He is extremely fatigued and my very boisterous child has basically sat in a a chair for days. He is alert and aware of what his happening around him but is not himself at all. He is quite a big complainer if he has to shower or do homework or go to bed etc (typical stuff) but he hasn't put up a fuss over anything this week. He has just had his head down and does what he has to slowly and quietly - which is very much not like him.
He has lost nearly 2 kg in the 10 days.
He had complained of a sore throat on the first day he got a fever but has not complained of anything since (except a tummy ache at the hospital on Monday that I think was half exaggerated so the nurses wouldn't take so long). He says he hasn't got a sore head, throat, arm, leg, tummy, neck etc. He said he doesn't feel sick.
He went to a dr on Friday night last week (day 3 of fever) who requested we see him again on Saturday. On Saturday the dr basically gave instructions to keep fluids into him and watch him closely. He was very unwell over the weekend and basically just slept the whole time so on Monday I decided he needed the dr again. The dr asked us to visit the hospital because 6 days of temps is unusual and he wanted further testing done. The hospital tested his urine (one nurse said it had small traces of blood but the dr said tests were clear), gave him panadol, took his temp a couple of times and gave him water to drink. They didn't get his temp down but decided that it was an infection of some sort but not serious and told us to watch him.
Since then he has still been fatigued, pale and generally looks unwell. I've tested his temperature multiple times each day and each time the temp is between 38.4-40.5 degrees. I actually thought the thermometer was broken or inaccurate and tested it on DS2 who came back with a normal reading.
Today DS1 went back to the dr and has now had blood taken. I'm not sure what was tested because his dad took him and didn't think to ask. The dr has said it's a bit concerning having a temp for so long. The have said it can be up to Monday before results are in although the dr is open on Saturday so I'm hoping we will have an answer by then at least.
Has anybody's child had anything similar before? I'm beginning to get quite concerned. I know that I should just wait for the results before letting my imagination run away but I just can't think of any time that I've heard of a childs temperature being that high for so long. Surely it's getting past the 'infection fighting' stage and can't be good for him to have a temp like that?
Edited by amaza, 03 December 2012 - 07:07 AM.