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Child had cold, cough, flu. Pale with purple around eyes, diarrhoea, lethargic. Reason?

My son ( almost 4 years old) has been sick sick new years - he s had a cold that came and went, a bit of the stomach flu about 3 weeks ago. He s had a very minimal appetite since new years, his cough came and went. He was experiencing on again off again fevers since new years too, but has gone 4 days without a fever. He is lethargic in that he doesn t want to play, always claims he s tired. He s pale with purple around his eyes (he gets 11 hours sleep at night and will occasionally nap 2 hrs during the day). Diarrhea lasted for 6-7 days a couple weeks ago, and last night he had another bout of it. Doc ran his blood (CBC and Creatinine ) and his urine and all came back normal. I m at my wits end - he us a usually energenic boy and lately even getting him to talk sometimes is difficult. I m considering taking him to the children s hospital, but I don t know how to tell them He s just not right . Help?
Asked On : Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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After the respiratory and diarrheal episode- how has been his food and fluid intake?

Usually after severe viral illnesses- such weakness is seen for a couple of weeks.
You have to be sure that he drinks well.

Give him plenty of fluids- fresh fruit juices, vegetable soups, milk, porridge, curd etc.
Be sure he passes urine at least 4 to 5 times in a day.
Give him food items which he likes.

Since you say his blood tests were all normal- I guess there is nothing much to worry.
Give him bed rest for a week and give him nutritious diet- he should be okay with this.

However for your reassurance, you may visit the Pediatric Hospital and get him examined thoroughly.

Hope my answer helps you.
Wish your son good health.
Answered: Tue, 5 Feb 2013
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