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Small child, fever, head pain. Test for meningitis negative. Treatment options?

hi, my son is 3 years old and has a fever and is saying that his head is hurting, to the point that he is crying in pain. i have taken him to the hospital and they tested him for meningitis and they did not find anything but it has been 4 days of him acting like this and i have now taken him in twice to the hospital. what should i do?
Asked On : Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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Thank you for your query.

Fever and headache can be due to a number of reasons and meningitis is only one of them. Kindly provide the following details so that a proper guidance can be provided:
1. What is the pattern of fever?
2. How is the fever now on day 4?
3. Any cough or running nose?
4. Any vomitings?
An upper respiratory tract infection seems to be most common cause of headache and fever for which appropriate decongestant syrup can be given for relief.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your son an early recovery.


Rajiv K Khandelwal
Answered: Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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