They sent him home with 104.5 temperature!

United States
May 1, 2007 3:58pm CST
My disabled child developed a fever very quickly which soon reached 104.5 with no other symptoms. So I took him to the doctor, they checked him out, could not find the problem, and said he's very close to being dehydrated, take him home and try to get his temperature down and give us a call later and update us. They have to be crazy, I don't understand why they would send him home without knowing what the problem is.. If they knew what was causing this and it was okay then that would be different. Especially given my child has so many disabilities. What do you think?
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@cyntrow (8527)
• United States
4 May 07
How is he doing????
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• United States
4 May 07
The fever has finally left, thank God, and if i could only get him to eat more we would be okay. He's still pretty fussy. Thanks:)
@cyntrow (8527)
• United States
4 May 07
I'm so glad to hear that. Now that the illness is subsiding, you should be able to concentrate of finding him a new doctor?? Take care
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• United States
4 May 07
yeah, I'm researching, so next time I won't be in this position. Thanks for your concern:)
@hiveenu (521)
• India
2 May 07
Hi, a fever without any other symptoms or signs in the doctor's office or hospital casualty is usually benign, commonly viral. The doctors are perfectly correct in sending you home, BUT before that the fever should have been reduced in the hospital or pediatrician's office by a dose of Tylenol at 15 mg/kg body weight of your baby and cold compressions. It is particularly essential for your baby, who you say has other problems as well. In fact even in developing third world countries like India where I practice pediatrics, the standing instruction given to all mothers bringing their children with fever to my clinic is to remove the shirt of the baby and start giving cold compressions even when they are waiting to meet me. I've seen some bad febrile convulsions and it literally terrorize the parents more than anything else. I am surprised that a developed country like US is treating it's budding citizens this way. True, viral fever has no treatment, but atleast the baby should be given Tylenol at 10 to 15mg/kg body weight 6th hourly till the fever subsides and cold compression is to be continuously given to prevent febrile seizures, which approximately doubles the risk of getting seizures without fever later in life. Thanks.
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@hiveenu (521)
• India
2 May 07
And I've seen in certain comments here that routine doses of fever reducing medicines is not needed unless the baby has problems. You see, fever itself, especially in an epileptic child is a problem. So, no harm is done by giving tylenol. It cannot mask the fever for say more than 4 to 6 hours so if the fever is troublesome, it always comes again for you to note and call your doctor. And yes, keep your baby well aerated, hydrated, dressed preferably in thin cotton loose fitting clothes. Don't use woollen blankets, caps, mufflers or collars if he is shivering. Just cover him with a thin cotton cloth folded in layers as needed. Continue cold compressions and tylenol. I pray for his rapid recovery. Thanks.
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• United States
2 May 07
Thanks, you have been extremely helpful. I'm unclear what doubles the risk of seizures later in life?
@hiveenu (521)
• India
3 May 07
Hi, it means if a normal population has 0.1% risk of developing epilepsy, then the risk becomes 0.2% in people with febrile seizures during childhood. In other words, 1 in 1000 normal people have epilepsy whereas in people who had childhood febrile seizures it is 2 in 1000. Thanks.
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@KissThis (3008)
• United States
3 May 07
I personally would be checking into finding my child another doctor. There should have been more concern shown towards such a high fever. I agree with you that if they had known what was causing the problem and were able to treat him at home then I wouldn't have such an issue. They should never have sent him home without knowing what was causing the fever. I they had sent me home then I would have taken my child over to the emergency room where they can't just release a child in that kind of condition.
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• United States
3 May 07
Yeah, at the end of the fever he did develop a rash. He has rosiola
@KissThis (3008)
• United States
4 May 07
I am glad that you were able to finally find out what was wrong with him. How is he doing now?
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• United States
4 May 07
The fever is finally over, but now we have the rash of course. I'll take that over a fever though. Yesterday he was extremely fussy and wouldn't eat but today he seems to be in better spirits. He did take a full bottle this morning. He's getting better. Thanks for your concern.
@cyntrow (8527)
• United States
2 May 07
IT was probably just a virus which has to run it's course, but they still should have gotten the fever down and got some liquids into him. How is he now??
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• United States
2 May 07
Not much better, he still has 103.4 even with meds., I called the doctor last night and she still insisted try and stick it out through the night, she thought he was getting rosiola and to watch for the rash to appear.. but she said this over the telephone and wasn't the doctor who looked at him yesterday, it was one of the other participating doctors in her practice. I love how they try to diagnose over the phone. Thanks:)
@cyntrow (8527)
• United States
2 May 07
If it doesn't go down, take him to the hospital again and make them admit him. He could severely dehydrate and they should be considering IV treatment. This is really ridiculous. I'll be thinking about you. Keep us posted.
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• United States
2 May 07
Hey, I am not sure where you live, BUT.. I think thats too high.. I would take your child to the hospital and get another opinion. Keep pumping him with liquids but get him checked out by someone else. A fever is a sign of infection somewhere. Keep us posted on how he is doing. Be really careful. I Have a boss that his sons fever got so bad that it started to "fry" his brain is what the hospital told him. Not to scare you but it can be bad. You are the mommy and you know your baby better than ANYONE else in the world. IF you are uncomfy please take them to see someone else.. The hospital another Emergency place just have him seen to get another opinion if you are not feeling 150% about it. I had my little boy to the ER a couple of mo. ago and they were like theres nothing wrong. I took him to another place the next day as it seemed wrong. he had a double ear infection and bronchitis.. doctors are NOT always right.. In fact a lot of times they are off. Take care and hope he is better soon
• United States
2 May 07
I thinks it's too high, but apparently the doctors think that it's okay as long as I can get it to come down at some point. With advil, tylenol and suppositories we still are only getting down to 103.4 which is not normal. But what do I know I'm only the mother right. Don't you just hate that. Thanks
• United States
2 May 07
If it is still high today. TAKE him to someone else.. you are the mother and you know him.
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@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
4 May 07
Sorry to hear, some doctors are really careless. Let`s hope that your child is better now.
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• United States
4 May 07
Yeah he is doing much better now.Thanks:P
• Canada
2 May 07
Quite frankly, that they let a child with disabilities home with a temperature as high as his, is just downright shocking. If I were you, I would be calling and writing letters to the hospital demanding an explanation for sure. If nothing is forthcoming from that, I would sue them. To take chances with a life is wrong, to take chances with a child's life, is downright dangerous! I hope your son is feeling better soon.
• United States
2 May 07
Thanks, I'm now learning what makes people want to blow things up. LOL
• United States
2 May 07
I feel for you. My son had this last year, came down sick all of a sudden. I took him to the sitters and he was just fine, half way through the day, he started throwing up and didn't stop. So I left work and picked him up, took him to urgent care because he's rarely ever sick.... Well they gave us some ear infection medicine and sent us home. 6 hours later he was still throwing up and I realized he hadn't had a diaper in all the time he'd been home and was throwing up everything, even water. No matter the amount. So I took him to the hospital and they acted like I was the worst mom because when I explained about taking him to daycare and getting called at work, and that I waited so long to get him into the hospital. I told them he was fine this morning and being a first time mom, it didn't occur to me about him not having a diaper in all that time. He was extremely dehydrated. 10 hours worth of fluids.... So NEVER hesitate to take them into the hospital, even if it means overriding the doc....
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• United States
2 May 07
Thanks:)
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
2 May 07
That is crazy I would have thrown a hissy fit. I can't believe that just sent you home with your child running a fever that high. I think I would have to take my child to the ER.
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• United States
2 May 07
They seem to be worried about him catching something at the hospital due to a weakened immune system. Thanks:)
@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
2 May 07
I agree with you. I think they should have told you to take him to the hospital with such a high fever....he should have been monitored...that is ridiculous....You should have taken him to the hospital...although sometimes they tell you the same things...
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• United States
2 May 07
They tend to clinically diagnose as well without running any testing, so i found out. thanks:)
@mama4kids (690)
• United States
2 May 07
i would take him to the hospital, especially given that the dr says he is close to being dehydrated. that in itself will cause undo problems for him if he does in fact become dehydrated. fist off...how old is he? if he is under 2, i would go straight to the hospital without looking back. if he is over 2, given the situation of high fever, other disabilities, and the fact that he has no other symptoms, i would still go straight to the hospital. he probably just has a virus. they tend to start off with fevers and no other known symptoms. but they can develop into something else such as an ear infection or sinus infection. just to ease your nerves and to make sure that the fever doesnt go up anymore, i would just go to your local e.r. and have him checked out. good luck and i hope he feels better!!!
• United States
2 May 07
Thanks:)
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
2 May 07
such instances are quite common nowadays. In most hospitals ,rather than diagnosing properly the patients are sent with a few cumbersome health tips.
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• United States
2 May 07
Yeah, it's just a sickening way for them to make money. They know you'll be back and have to pay for a second visit. Thanks
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@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
2 May 07
well ..i dont know what to react!, basing on my kids they do have fever and sent also home but first of course the school nurse have given them some first aid for the relief of the symptoms and its our resposibility to go to the doctor for a check up...and thats what i do..
• United States
2 May 07
Thanks:)
• United States
2 May 07
thats just unreal,I hope your child feels better soon :-)
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• United States
2 May 07
Thanks:)
@kumar27 (129)
• India
2 May 07
fever itself is not a disease but symptom.doctors were crazy when do not explain anything to the attendant of a patient. in your case they must have seen it innocuous so send him with a saying "dehydrated". just give him ample water with lime,little sugar,salt & feed him boiled sago with milk.
• United States
2 May 07
They must be crazy, thanks.
@_hope_ (3917)
• Australia
2 May 07
That does not sound real good if it was my child and considering the problems he already has i think hospital would of been the best place for him .Sounds as though he already has an infection .I would take him to he hospital if his temp didn`t come down and just see what they think they can then get in contact with your pead dr but the danger to your child is more of a concern now than if he MIGHT contract an infection in hospital Hope he improves for you
• United States
2 May 07
Thanks, I think he must have some sort of infection also, there's no other reason why he should be maintaining such a high temp. with all the meds. The last time he had such a high temp, he had double pneumonia.
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
2 May 07
I don't know what that doctor was thinking but you should take him right to the emergency room if it's still that high. That is a dangerously high fever and should not be taken lightly. If I was in your position I wouldn't hesitate to take to the hospital. That is not something you want to mess with especially since you said your child already has some difficulties.
• United States
2 May 07
Per my child's insurance and hospital rules only his pediatrician can refer him to the hospital. Stupidity! Thanks:)
• United States
2 May 07
First of all I can not believe that they would send such a small child home with a temperature like that.If I were you I would had got a second option..Oh My Gosh,I would be so mad..They should of kept him until his temperature broke.Him been dehydated they should had gave him and IV or something.
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• United States
2 May 07
For sure, thanks:)
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
1 May 07
I would have been furious. And frankly I would probably have refused to leave. It is fine if they could not find the cause, but they should not release him/her before knowing the temperate was down. And the leaving you instructions to call and update them later. That is unacceptable and I would consider reporting them so that it goes on file somewhere.
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• United States
2 May 07
Yeah, I've been researching for new doctors. Thanks..
• United States
1 May 07
OMG! that is horrible, you sure you still can't do a lawsuit on the hospital just for the fact they neglected to take in your son, i would have thrown a huge fit in that hospital and had the head of the hospital there and made them look like a fool
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• United States
2 May 07
That's sure what I felt like doing. Thanks.