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he is nursing and drinking a lot, but hasn't eaten in the last 2 days, aside from a few grapes.<br><br>
about 4 days ago he had several looser than normal stools, but not diarhea, and was having cold symptoms, runny nose, a bit of sneezing, threw up twice (more like spitting breastmilk) and just feeling a bit off. now he has an occasional cough, has periods when he is rather lethargic and just lies and nurses, but then he rests and is more back to normal, and has low grade fever that seems to come and go. and is complaining of sore tummy and keeps telling me that he needs to poop, but he doesn't. yesterday he had one very small poop of normal consistency, maybe a bit of the harder side.<br><br>
i palpated his stomach several times, he is not gasy, and the stomach is soft.<br><br>
he's never complained about stomach ache, and neither has my 4.5 dd, so it is new to me, and frankly i am a bit freaking out.<br><br>
dh is out of town, and i am worried that i will need to take him to our hospital where we'd need to wait for hours and hours (we don't have a family doc right now). dd is sick too, has a rather bad cough, and i'm coming down with something myself.<br><br>
does this sound serious? warrants a visit? or we can still wait and see?
 

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It sounds like the evil virus that was running around our family this last 2 or 3 weeks. This was the course of the disease (you can see if it's similar):<br><br>
1. 3-4 days of terminal crankiness, followed by<br>
2. Fever (100-102) and extreme exhaustion -- lasting 3-5 days, with the last couple of days with a fever that would come an go (worst in the late afternoon, evening), accompanied by<br>
3. Reduced appetite (and at least for dh, stomach aches and loose bms). I just didn't want to eat.<br>
4. Mild running nose.<br>
5. Major chest cough that arrived as the fever was going down.<br><br>
Is he drinking? I would ply him with lots and lots of fluids. Water, breastmilk, more breastmilk. Maybe an occasional treat like a home made popsicle -- but beware of too much sugar if he's got diarrhea.<br><br>
Do you not have a family doc because you don't have insurance or because you haven't gotten around to getting one? If it's the latter, call your insurance company for recommendations.<br><br>
There are also urgent care clinics where you have to wait, but are cheaper and faster than the hospital. The last 2 times I've had strep throat (my kids have NEVER had it), I've had to go to one of these because it always happens on a weekend when my doc is out of town.<br><br>
But for now, I'd sit tight and see how he's doing. If he's taking liquids, I think you'll be fine. If his fever spikes and stays up, if he's lethargic and doesn't get up after he's rested, or if he can't keep liquids down in the next 24 hours, then get to the doctor ASAP.
 

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Lynn,<br>
thanks, sounds similar.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Is he drinking? I would ply him with lots and lots of fluids. Water, breastmilk, more breastmilk. Maybe an occasional treat like a home made popsicle -- but beware of too much sugar if he's got diarrhea.</td>
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drinking okay, water, breastmilk, some tea with honey. we do very little sugar, if at all.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Do you not have a family doc because you don't have insurance or because you haven't gotten around to getting one? If it's the latter, call your insurance company for recommendations.</td>
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we are in canada, isolated northern community, recently moved, so no family doc for this reason. the only place to go here is the hospital. there are no other clinics. very small town. i think that even if we had a family doc we would still need to go to the hospital if we needed to be seen urgently (but i might be wrong on this)<br><br>
he just came over to tell me he pooped, and made a big deal out of it, saying it was a big one, and it was just a wet toot. so something is bothering him on that end <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
but he is interested in life now -- a huge snowremoval tractor in front of our house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
thanks for the reassurance. i really want to avoid the hospital unless absolutely necessary, so we will sit tight and wait it out. i was worried it could be something like obstruction or appendix, but it doesn't seem to be, right?
 
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