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Child has fever, congestion, cough, vomiting, stomach pain. Ultrasound inconclusive. What to do?

My 5 year old started off last week with a high fever and some congestion. Then the fever was gone a cough started with him vomiting once with stomach pains. The pediatrician sent him to hospital to check for appendicitis . The ultrasound was inconclusive because they couldn t really see the appendix. The doctor observed him while he drank some juice, which he kept down. They think it was the virus causing the glands to swell and stomach irritation. He seems weak and pale and doesn t eat as much, but has gone to school without any problems. It has been a week since this started and he still feels sick when he eats but only vomited once and had diarrhea once. Should I monitor him for another day and send him back to the pediatrician/hospital?
Asked On : Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Hi ,
Thank you for your query.
It seems that your child has viral gastritis.
Give him some rest and antiacid medications for 10 days.
Give him plenty of fluids and nutritious food.
If you have any further queries you are free to consult me.Hope this answers your query.Wishing your child a speedy recovery.Have a nice day.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Nsah Bernard's  Response
Dec 2012
Hello Jeanine,

Welcome to our forum
My answer is yes, you should give it a day or two of observation as it is possible that your child might be on a recovery phase of a viral infection which started as an URTI then gradually caused acute bronchitis and associated stomach irritation. If diarrhea, give him much water to drink say 500 to 1000ml daily together with ORS. If the cough still persist, then its time to see the pediatrician within the next two days before it gets further complicated. He should normally be completely recovered within the few days that follow if not, then we are probably dealing with bacteria infection that will require a course of antibiotics.

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