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Child having difficulty in adjusting to new state, school. Gets stomachache, fever. Suggestions?

My daughter is 9 and having a hard time at school. We just relocated to a new state and she has had problems adjusting. She gets herself so worked up at school (crying, stomach ache) that the nurse sent her home two times last week with a fever . As soon as she is comfortable on the couch, the fever magically disappears. My question is, can a child get themselves so upset that they raise their body temp enough to make it seem like they have a fever? Thanks
Asked On : Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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It can be both ways. She may actually have fever which subsides by the time she reaches home. And also her agitated state can cause minor elevation in temperature. We can not rule out both possibilities. But step is to rule out all causes of fever. In her age it can be a viral fever, malaria (especially if you belong to an endemic zone like India), urinary tract infection, chest infections etc. You should consult a pediatrician for the same. If rest all is ruled out you can consult a child psychologist. Til that time you can accompany her to the school for a while. Arrange her to be brought back after half the school for a few days and gradually increase her exposure to the school rather than a sudden thing. Get more involved with her, play, make her draw or paint, some music, her hobbies, all should help. Divert her attention from the fact that she is in a new school. Make her meet her school friends outside of school like in a park or restaurant so that she familiarizes faster.
Hope all this helps
God bless you
Answered: Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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