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Posted on Wed, 25 Nov 2015
Question: my 3 year old daughter has recurring high fevers of 103°F and up. usually there is no other symptom and cultures are negative. yesterday her throat culture was positive for strep however this doesnt negate that her fevers are recurring. she has had severe leg pains daily at all times of day and night since birth. so far no answer to that besides "growing pains" which i highly doubt seeing as how the pains do not cease. today she has been very inactive and practically slept all day and into the night. she was sweating profusely without fever, i took her temp because the sweating usually indicates her fever has returned. it was 96.3°F oral. tonight when i woke her up for her amox she, again, was sweating to the point of soaking her bed and her temp was 96.7°F oral. i have since cleaned her up, dressed her warmly and placed her against me in the bed under a heavy blanket. she had slept all day under a heavy blanket. she does not usually present with night sweats or temp drops while using the same blanket or heavier. please, if you could give me some insight into what could possibly be he cause and how to bring her temp up. there has been no change after changing her dressing and adding my body heat. thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (41 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
She seems to have a bad infection

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on Health care magic.

I have carefully gone through the information and understand your concerns. There are two parts of the problem.

The first part is regarding the low temperatures. In case of severe infections the peripheral blood vessel get constricted and the temperature seems to be low. However, it needs to be managed with priority and antibiotics need to be administered. I would insist you to visit a doctor without delay so that proper assessment and intervention can be done.

About the next part pertaining to leg pain, I do not suppose that it denotes growing pain. It is possible that due to certain complications around the time of birth, some nerve cells have been damaged and the otherwise inhibitory effect of the brain on muscle contractions has been lost. In such a case the muscle tone of the lower limbs might have been increased and since certain muscles are remaining contracted, they are getting fatigued and hence the pain. All I can do is to speculate. Get the muscle tone evaluated by a physical therapist or a neurologist.

Let me know if I could be of further assistance.

Regards
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Suggest remedy for sudden fever in a child

Brief Answer: She seems to have a bad infection Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on Health care magic. I have carefully gone through the information and understand your concerns. There are two parts of the problem. The first part is regarding the low temperatures. In case of severe infections the peripheral blood vessel get constricted and the temperature seems to be low. However, it needs to be managed with priority and antibiotics need to be administered. I would insist you to visit a doctor without delay so that proper assessment and intervention can be done. About the next part pertaining to leg pain, I do not suppose that it denotes growing pain. It is possible that due to certain complications around the time of birth, some nerve cells have been damaged and the otherwise inhibitory effect of the brain on muscle contractions has been lost. In such a case the muscle tone of the lower limbs might have been increased and since certain muscles are remaining contracted, they are getting fatigued and hence the pain. All I can do is to speculate. Get the muscle tone evaluated by a physical therapist or a neurologist. Let me know if I could be of further assistance. Regards