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Child had cough, pale, shaking legs. Given advil. Need of hospitalization?

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My 9 year old daughter has had cough for about a week. she felt fine this morning and went to school. The school called and said she was sick and needed to be picked up. When she was picked up she was very pale and shaking, she said her legs hurt. She had a fever of 39.9 C. I gave her advil and it has gone down to 38.6 C. She is still shaking. I am trying to keep her hydrated. I am worried about the leg pain, fever and shaking. Should I take her to the hospital? My Family doctor is on vacation.
Posted Wed, 15 May 2013 in Child Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty 30 minutes later
Hi,

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

What are the other associated complaints your daughter is having.

Does she have any burning urination or increased frequency of urination?

Does she complain of sore throat?

Does she have a running nose?


The answers to the above questions and any other associated complaints she is having could lead us to a diagnosis.

First control her temperature with paracetamol. Tepid sponging may also help.

Waiting for your reply.
Take care.

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Follow-up: Child had cough, pale, shaking legs. Given advil. Need of hospitalization? 7 minutes later
she has a headache.
no burning or increased bathroom trips. no sore throat or runny nose.
Her temperature is 36.4 C now and she has stopped shaking and says her legs do not hurt anymore.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty 5 minutes later
Hi,

It is common for children to have leg pain during episodes of fever.

High grade fever may be associated with chills and rigors.

Some times chills may be associated with malaria.

A physical examination by your doctor may help in arriving at diagnosis.

Hope this helps.
Take care.
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Follow-up: Child had cough, pale, shaking legs. Given advil. Need of hospitalization? 1 minute later
Thank you,
My Family doctor should be back tomorrow. If she is not better I will call in the morning and get her in.
Thank you again!
 
 
Answered by Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty 2 minutes later
Hi,

You are welcome.

Please feel free to ask any query any time.
I will be more than happy to answer them.

Take care.

Dr Y V Siva Sankara Murty,
M.D. (Pediatrics)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics.
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