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What causes chills and vomiting along with high fever?

My 12 year-old son began shaking, like chills without feeling cold. Then projectile vomited mostly water at 4am. A fever developed, high-almost 104. Ibuprofen didn t help, so an hour later I gave him an Aleve, an alcohol wipe-down, and am keeping a cool washcloth in rotation on his head. (He s 5 and about 120#) He vomited water a few times during the day, and after the Aleve his temp lowered to about 101. He s been sipping water and mint ginger ale. He ate some graham crackers and later a chicken wrap (said he was starving and his temp had lowered) and kept those down, but his temp has risen again. I gave him another Aleve (6 hours after the first dose). No other symptoms so it s not the flu,and he did not get the flu vaccine this year. What could it be and what else should I do for him? We have no insurance and no cash for an emergency doctor visit.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Fever with chills and vomiting in children may be due to pneumonia, malaria, or urinary infection, or meningitis etcetera. Until examination, it is difficult to say what it is. Continue paracetamol every six hourly according to body weight, continue tepid sponging. Give a soft diet. Don't give a nonvegetarian diet. If symptoms not improved, please consult your doctor he will investigate, examine and treat him accordingly.

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Dr. Penchila Prasad Kandikattu
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