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Child having persistent low grade fever. Strep negative. Itching on backs, arms, legs. Gave Benadryl, no help. Suggestions?

Hi, My 3 year old son has had a low grade fever 99.9- 100.5 for the past two months. The pediatrician tested for strep , which was negative. The fever continues but now in the past 3 days he is extremely itchy, particularly at night. It seems to start on his back and spread to arms and legs. He is absolutely miserable. We have tried Benadryl topical, Benadryl oral and Aveeno baths, to no avail. Any suggestions? Thanks. Jen
Asked On : Tue, 18 Dec 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Prolonged fever for more than 2 months is a concerning thing and should be evaluated for the cause of the fever. So consult your Pediatrician for the investigations. For itching you can give antihistamine drugs like hydroxyzine or cetrizine in prescribed dosage after consulting your doctor and you can apply calamine lotion thrice daily externally on skin to decrease the itching.
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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Pediatrician Dr. Samik Basu's  Response
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It is very important to mention the place where you have taken this temperature.It is a fact that during some periods of the day the temp of the body is elevated bu 1F due to diurnal release of indigenous steroid hormones in our body. If you child has fever for one month he should be sick too. But if your child is doin well and gaining weight there is no reason to worry. For the itching apply some calamine lotion over the area and give him some cetrizine syrup.If the itching persists consult a dermatologist.Hope this answers your query.Bye
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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