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5 year old with a cough and fever. Reddish eyes. Viral infection?

I have a 5 year old with a temp ranging from 99 - 104 since Friday. He has a cough that was dry initially & now is productive. He hasn t eaten hardly anything in 4 days and is pale. His eyes are mildly red and glassy. Should I take him to Dr. They usually just say it s a virus & send me on our way. He did have flu mist in Nov 2012. Thanks.
Asked On : Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thank you for opting to post your query and giving us this opportunity to clarify your doubts.
Well, I would advise you to take your son to the pediatrician especially because 104 deg F is too high to sit on it. Besides he has other systemic features like refusal to eat, pallor, eye changes and productive cough. I would also like you to check if he has some sort of a rash or any swelling in the neck. They could indicate a viral infection too, but you should still see your pediatrician. Besides its gonna be almost a week since the fever, right!!! So, its better you get him evaluated. He might need to undergo some blood tests also if his fever is persistent.
I hope I have answered your question and clarified your doubts. I will be always available in case of further queries. Take care and stay healthy.
Answered: Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query,
Your child is having fever,cough,congestion in eyes and is lethargic,which can be viral or bacterial in nature.
I suggest you to get him examined by pediatrician ,he may need some tests like CBC,Xray chest.
and in case of infection treated accordingly.
In the meantime give him paracetamol every 6 hourly till fever comes below 100F.give plenty of fluids,fruit juice,light bland diet so as to maintain hydration and built up his immunity.

Wishing your child good health.
God bless.
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Pediatrician, Surgery Dr. Anand Sinha's  Response
Thank you for your query
I believe that you should take your child to a doctor. He might need a course of antibiotics from what you have said. And you should definitely not neglect it. 104 is a very high temperature. Give your child sponging whenever fever rises so high. Such temperatures can produce fits in small children. So my suggestion is that you s how your child to a pediatrician right away.
Hope that helps
God bless you
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