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Medical advice on dengue in child - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hello
User :   Hi.
Doctor :   i am Dr xxx here
Doctor :   tell me your query
User :   my daughter has just been tested postive for Dengue (NS1 antigent)
Doctor :   ok
User :   her platelet count is 150k as per report from her blood sample taken at 9am
Doctor :   may i know her age please ?
User :   yes she will turn six in Jan11
Doctor :   how is she feeling now ?
Doctor :   are you giving her any medications ?
User :   yes...paracetamol for temperature and an antibiotic
Doctor :   ok
User :   she is telling me that dad i am feeling as if mosquitoes are biting me..while none exists right now in the it normal
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   how much is the fever ?
User :   none as of now for last 12 hours
Doctor :   well dengue fever is caused by a virus, there is no specific medicine or antibiotic to treat it. For typical dengue, the treatment is purely concerned with relief of the symptoms (symptomatic).
Doctor :   Rest and fluid intake for adequate hydration is importan
User :   ok
Doctor :   you need to control the fever thru paracetamol
Doctor :   i a stressing hard on consumption of fluids
User :   pl advise if the platelet count decreases rapidly in dengue patient or is it in a continuos reglar manner
Doctor :   so make sure your daughter is well hydrated
User :   yes..that is very important
Doctor :   it can decrease
User :   But what level can be dangerous?
Doctor :   in her case its normal
Doctor :   its a variation level
Doctor :   150k is within the range
User :   how often should i check her count
Doctor :   you can check once in 2 weeks
Doctor :   rest is critical
Doctor :   dont let her exert
User :   my daughter is over sleepy for last two days
Doctor :   thats fine
Doctor :   it happens
Doctor :   body fights by taking rest
User :   ok
Doctor :   it will take time but she will be fine dont worry
User :   can i give her cold drink like Pepsi?
Doctor :   yes sure you can but prefer juice if she likes
User :   ok
User :   what can be a danger sign for me to push emergency button, in general
Doctor :   high continuous fever and headache.
Doctor :   cough, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
Doctor :   thats when you need to take her to the hospital
User :   ok
User :   her solid meal diet is minimal
Doctor :   she should eat healthy
Doctor :   fruits and vegetables
Doctor :   to built up body immunity
Doctor :   dengue is very very RARELY fatal
Doctor :   .01%
User :   very difficult to make her eat that..can i give some tonic to increase her immunity or to top up her platelets
User :   ok
Doctor :   with proper rest she will be fine \
Doctor :   give her home made food
User :   ok, thank you doc
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   i wish your daughter a speedy recovery
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