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What Causes Fever With Heart Murmurs?

Hi, i have a son who is 7 months old. He was having fever today and my family doctor got his blood report done in which WBC is showing close to 11500. He also shown a sign of my son having a heart murmur. Can you please share the criticality of this 2 points.
Mon, 27 Apr 2020
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Hi,

If he do not have any other symptoms apart from fever, this is probably a viral fever and we need not worry.

A total count of 11500 is also expected here, and of no concern. Just give him paracetamol three tomes daily. He will be alright in 2-3 days.

Get back to doctor if fever not subsiding in 3 days, he becomes lethargic or not taking feeds.

It is quite common to have minor heart murmurs in children with anemia or during fever.

This is because of hyperdynamic state(physiological increase in blood flow during fever).

Let your pediatrician recheck the same after fever has subsided. Only if it is persisting and significant, you may be asked for an ECHO test.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Muhammed Aslam TK
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What Causes Fever With Heart Murmurs?

Hi, If he do not have any other symptoms apart from fever, this is probably a viral fever and we need not worry. A total count of 11500 is also expected here, and of no concern. Just give him paracetamol three tomes daily. He will be alright in 2-3 days. Get back to doctor if fever not subsiding in 3 days, he becomes lethargic or not taking feeds. It is quite common to have minor heart murmurs in children with anemia or during fever. This is because of hyperdynamic state(physiological increase in blood flow during fever). Let your pediatrician recheck the same after fever has subsided. Only if it is persisting and significant, you may be asked for an ECHO test. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr. Muhammed Aslam TK