Okay, so this is the deal.....
My son is 5 years old and just started kindergarten last week. On Friday morning when I was taking him to school he said he had a headache, but he didnt really make a big deal of it so we went about our day and I dropped him at school. When I picked him up I saw that he was kinda glassy eyed and a little subdued and I felt his head and noted he had a fever. I checked his fever and it was around 101. That night it got up to around 103 and broke. In the morning when he woke up he was achy, said he had a headache, and the snot was running out of him ( its clear colored). So Saturday he didnt have much of an appetite, I didnt want to force him to eat anything. He nibbled a little bit. He said his throat hurt. I checked in his throat and he had red inflamed tonsils and some white patches on them. I have been desperately trying to get him to stay hydrated but he refuses. I get creative and make him take sips every 5-10 min. So, Sunday his fever got up to 104.5 axillary and I started to get nervous. I gave him some tylenol when he was completely miserable and achey. I dont like to give him tylenol and most that I have researched about it said that parents over react about fevers and that a fever will usually not get over 105.. and supressing fevers can be unwise. ect. Sunday night his fever broke and he was cool as a cucumber the next morning until the afternoon when he started running a low grade fever again. Still having all the symptoms of the flu... I forgot to mention he also got diahrea. I thought that he most likely had tonsillitus, as most of his symtoms matched, including the high fever. Monday morning I called the dr. and asked her if we should come in for a strep test just incase. I was at work, so DH brought him in to the dr... it was a last minute apt so he was shuffled to a dr. that we have never seen. Apparently my son would not cooperate with her when she was doing the strep test and she was really flustered and rude to my DH and my son. So, basically she told DH that i was crazy for letting his temperature get that high and I could give him brain damage. She said we should give tylenol for anything over 102. Basically that means I would be giving him tylenol at the max does for the last 3+ days if I followed her recomendation. So, she said "well do you just want to take some antibiotics? because its probably strep and he will not cooperate with the exam". Also she said she was very worried about his airway and prescribes prednazone.
Is this not bad practice? Is it a good idea to give antibiotics for something when you dont even know if its bacterial? Anyway, at this point DH called me and I am freaking out. I have given him his first dose of amoxicillian but I have not given him the prednazone, I am scared of that stuff, it has awful side effects from what I have seen and he seems to be breathing okay.
He is still acting playful most of the time, he is sick and tired and miserable. He still plays blocks and legos and drives his little bcar around the house. He is laying down taking it easy most of the time. But he does still try to push his boundries... and that to me is a good indication that he can't be too sick? right?
I dont know. This is the first time he has been this sick, or run such a high temp. It has been scary and the dr. giving us a hard time made me lose confidence a bit.
Whats your opinion? Does this seem like the flu? How long does it last? We are going on day 4 and its been rough on everyone :) especially my poor little guy.