is the body's response to an infection. It is the body trying to cook the virus or bacteria and make the cells of the immune system more efficient. Fevers require energy so we feel tired and often get muscle aches with them. I typically do not have patients intervene with a fever until it hits 105 degrees F/40.6 C.
Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections. If your son has a viral infection causing his cough
the antibiotics did not kill the virus and he is still fighting it. Viruses have week long cycles typically, so if the symptoms last more than 1 week it will take another week to clear the infection. To help him do this he should rest, drink plenty of water, eat broth with garlic (anti-viral), and if you can some form of hydrotherapy
to increase is immune system function. After a hot bath have him put on a t shirt run under cold
water and wrung out so it is damp but not dripping, then wrap him in a blanket until the shirt is dry. The same can be done with socks.
If the pains and fevers last more than 2 weeks he should have a CBC with differential and Complete metabolic panel lab tests done to make sure there is not something more serious going on.
In good health,