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2 year old, shivering, chills, drooling saliva. Malaria infection?

my two year old boy have high temperature since yesterday. in the evening he srart shivering and have chills. The doctor gave symtomatic medicines and songe wash when the temperture is high. The blood reprots are for possible malaria infection are awaited. Since yesterday he is also drooling sliva while awakening. This is quite unusual to us as he never had this problem. Can you please explain the reason of sliva drooling and what care or further steps we should take..thank you in advanec
Asked On : Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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good evening, the fever may be present for the next 2 or 3 days, till that time supportive care - sponging with warm water , nutrition and hydrations should be maintained. shivering can also be due to urinary tract infections, so kindly get it checked, also please look into his platelet counts- because this is the prime season for dengue fever, and now for his saliva drooling, he may have an infected throat, thats the reason may be he s not able to swallow saliva because of the pain. so kindly review with ur doctor.
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hello and thankyou for the query.
Drooling of saliva may be due to severe tonsillitis as the child cant swallow due to throat pain.It may be due to inflammation in the mouth mucous membranes.However, there are more serious causes like seizures. If your child is oriented and able to answer questions relevantly while he has it, then it may not be a seizure.Children less than 6 years are prone sometimes, for fever induced seizures and thats why i raised that doubt. If you are concerned about this and not sure of the cause, kindly take him to the doctor again.
Meanwhile,as you are waiting for the report, give plenty of liquids to drink, keep the fever down by giving paracetamol 125 mg every 5 hours to control the fever and continue sponging if the fever becomes very high. keep the child with you under observation at all times.If you feel the child's fever is worsening or that you are unable to manage, kindly take him to the hospital.
hope your child recovers soon.
Take care.
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