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Low grade fever, Advil, coughing, anxiety, obsession

My 8 year ols son has had a low grade fever all day (100-101). I gave him Advil this morning to make him comfortable, but a little while ago he suddenly began coughing very deeply, his fever rose and he began to cry and panic saying he could not breathe . He became VERY anxious asking if he was going to die (extremely unusal for this laid back kid). I put him in the bathroom to let the steam settle his breathing down (which helped) and have an appointment with the doctor in about 2 hours. My biggest concern is the change in his personality, he seems extrmemly anxious and obbsessive-he won t let me leave the room. What are your thoughts?
Asked On : Sun, 8 Apr 2012
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Hi there,
Your son could be having a lower respiratory tract infection like pneumonia. His rise in temperature and cough could be symptoms of pneumonia or bronchitis. Any wheezing, productive/bloody sputum, rapid/ fast breathing? Probably he had experienced wheezing for the first time along with this cough which made him feel he cannot breathe and caused him to panic. Sometimes, infections and high temperature can cause an altered behaviour in children.
Good thing that you are taking him to the paediatrician.
Hope your son gets well soon :)
Answered: Sun, 8 Apr 2012
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