My daughter has been coughing for over a week now (wet and productive, clear mucous) but was otherwise active and energetic so we've just been "meh it'll pass."
2 nights ago, after going to bed she spiked a fever. Then puked all over her bed. Her temp was 39.6 or so, which is about 103F. She slept well most of the night, though her breathing was quicker than normal.
I'm very much of the 'fever is good, ride it out' camp. I was also raised by a mom who was an RN, so we always just dealt with stuff at home and I don't panic about most things. DH is more of a worrier. He understands about the fever thing, but he also hates to see his darling little girl suffering.
Yesterday she spent most of the day in bed, temp ranging 39 to 39.7. It never crossed 40, which would be 104. She would drink a little water or juice, but usually threw it back up. She tried some apple later in the day, which seemed to stay down. Her fever also went down to 38 or so -- hovering around 100F. She walked around a bit, sat on the couch to watch tv for awhile. When she's awake, she's quite chatty and cheery, though obviously tired.
During the night she threw up again -- just a little orange juice. Her breathing was better than the night before but still not 'normal'.
Today her fever has gone back up to 39. She's been a little more lethargic. She still is accepting water and a little bit of orange juice or smoothies, though we'd like to see her take more. Sleeping a lot. In other words, what to ME is a normal progression of a bad sickness -- 'bad' meaning 'not just a little cold' but also not as bad as *serious*.
But hubby is starting to say that so many days of high fever should mean it's time for the doctor. And of course it's easter weekend, so all the regular offices will be closed and we're stuck with the ER.
Frankly, I'm more concerned about the cough than the fever, though still not concerned *enough* to warrant dragging her out to the hospital. I know that pertussis is having a bit of an 'outbreak' but she's not 'whooping' at all. The coughs don't seem out of control, they're just very frequent and productive.
But I've been known to be wrong before. ;) So I'm open to advice. With *backup* -- not just personal opinions but with supporting info.
DD is unvaccinated so far, usually very healthy, no known allergies.