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Old 06-11-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
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my baby is sick - rash, fever, and cranky

I don't trust the cheapo thermometers I have here at the house, so we got one while we were out today - a temporal scanner. I've never used one, but it says its comparable to a rectal temp. I consistently got 105...when I used my right hand anyway, I tried with my left and I'm pretty sure I messed it up because I got all kinds of numbers.

He's also got a rash - little red dots (couldn't tell if they were rasied or not). It was on his feet and face the most, but a few dots here and there all over his body. Does this sound like anything in particular?

His cousin (that I babysit) had a similar rash last week, but no fever. Her rash was darker and all over though....mostly on her face. Her doc said "its viral" (her doc is a quack IMO...for other reasons than this).
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Old 06-11-2006, 07:57 PM   #2
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Old 06-11-2006, 08:08 PM   #3
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Re: my baby is sick - rash, fever, and cranky

If you're getting a 105 temp, I would go see the Ped or ER. That's a really high temp IMO.

I do overreact & take my boys to be checked out at the drop of a hat though LOL We have had a couple bad scares the two times I didn't go in (ended up in hospitalization & serious problems) so now I go for anything. Let them think I'm nuts - they still get paid!
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Old 06-11-2006, 08:21 PM   #4
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Re: my baby is sick - rash, fever, and cranky

that is a high fever. My ped advised that a fever is dangerous when baby is lethargic or you give tylenol and it doesn't go down. Good luck! keep us posted.
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Old 06-11-2006, 08:58 PM   #5
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Wow, thats a high fever....have you done all the fever reducing remedies and it's still that high?

I would say it was probebly just an allergic reaction if his cousin hadn't had the same rash just before. How did cousin heal? Was it just a day or two? For me, I'd at least call the ped's office and run them down with what he was doing...at least for some medical advice even if you don't want to acually take him in. They may give you some idea's of what it is. Sometimes certain bugs are running around the community and they can ease your fears. ((HUGS))
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Old 06-11-2006, 09:29 PM   #6
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High fevers don't really worry me - they're the most beneficial part of an illness. So I usually let them work their magic. I usually only give motrin when its about 101.5 - 102 under the arm...which is about 103.5 to 104 rectally. I also help bring the fever down if he's feeling really uncomfortable. He definately wasn't lethargic today, quite active I'd say

What does concern me is why he has a fever.....I bet this is the same thing my niece had and that its just showing up differently in him. I may give the family doc (we don't use a ped) a call tomorrow just to see if anything is going around.

At any rate, I felt his forehead a few minutes ago - the motrin I gave him before bed broke the fever. Or at least brought it down....his forehead is definately cooler. I didn't want to risk waking him with the beeping thermometer.
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I don't always treat even a high fever, its a body's work to get rid of the invaders. We were told that the body won't let an internal fever go above 106.7 only heat stroke does that, so we were told it was ok to leave a fever alone. We treat the child not the thermometer. So if he's acting fine he probably is fine. My son has had so many scary germs and weird symptoms and we've had to learn to FIRST look at the child. If Lochlan still likes his favorite things, is soothed (even momentarily) by me, and will still get up to play, even if its "slow play" and just a little- then its not time to panic.
It could be heat rash- but that rash IME fades REALLY fast with cooling. It could be hand-foot-mouth disease and maybe you were spared orally with one or just a few mouth sores. Rocky Mountain Spotted fever also affects hands and feet though so I'd like you to google that and see if it sounds like what he has at all. Otherwise my ped says rashes are the bane of a DRs office. MOST are "just a virus" and theres nothing to do for them and they get the parents all "in a wad" LOL We had a rash that lasted almost 3 weeks with one of my kids. The fever should be gone by today though right? Its been 3 days and thats typically the burnout length on a fever, so hopefully he'll be symptom free in a minute
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His fever is definately down, I haven't even checked it. Just a guess, I'd say its around 100 - 101 maybe.

The rash is still there, getting darker and more spread...still concerns me. I have seen a lot of rashes, but I don't think I've ever seen them start out at the ankles/soles and hands. This Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever things REALLY has me freaked out. Last Fall we had a tick problem - I bought something (plant stuff) from CT or NY (somewhere around there) and it was infested with ticks. Although, I had no clue what they were at that point - they looked freshly hatched, I did find the mama bug though - positive it was a tick. Fastforward a few months and my dds room is infested with ticks too. I thought we had it all taken care of, I haven't seen anything in months. The room has been sprayed twice and a treatment put in the carpet. BUT we have been in there a LOT recently in the last week getting the room put back together (dd has been in our bed).

The really freaky part, a couple days ago I woke up in the AM from a bad dream....all it was was picking up one of the plastic bins in my dds room (thats been holding toys for months now) and finding a big nasty tick on the side of it

I called the docs office, the nurse took my info to give to the doc - just waiting for a cal back. I think I'll call them and just make an appt though. This rash seems to be getting angrier whatever it is.
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Well, the doc says it sound like it could be either Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Hand Foot Mouth - either one, to tell for sure he has to have blood drawn. So we're going to the hosp. The doc said go to the ER but I'm hoping we can just go to the lab and skip the ER waiting room....

Now I'm off to bathe my stinky little boy I tend to let baths slide when he's running a high fever....
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