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First of all my son turns 2 tomorrow but will be to sick to do anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
It started in September of last year. He got the swine flu or something like it. After that he got a couple different illnesses. Bad colds and once the stomach flu. He was good for a while and then this winter the illness thing blew up.<br><br>
Starting in January he has gotten sick every other week pretty consistently. Nine times in a little over 5 months. He is of course sick right now. He has a fever of about 104 and has had it since late last night.<br><br>
I took him to the doctor and the guy made me feel kinda stupid. Like me not giving him Tylenol was a bad thing. He actually told me that a fever over 101 is not doing any good for him. He looked at him for five or so seconds and told me that he has an ear infection and prescribed an antibiotic.<br><br>
I don't think he is right. All the reading I have done is telling me that fevers are a good thing. My son is not showing any pain besides the normal fever misery. He is eating and talking and a bit listless but I would be too if I were in his shoes.<br><br>
Do I do the antibiotics? Do I use the Tylenol?<br><br>
I do plan on making an apt with a pediatrician but I am afraid he will do the same thing, make me feel a bit silly about not vaxing and about not wanting to use Tylenol unless the fever is really bad or my baby boy is really in misery.<br><br>
This is not right. I even took him out of daycare because he was getting sick so often. He got the stomach flu twice in April! He probably puked over 40 times last month. How could he have gotten another virus, he hasn't been around another kid in a month. How can he get sick EVERY 2 WEEKS?!? Not just the sniffles but a fever for three or more days that leads to cold like symptoms or puking.<br><br>
I am getting more and more worried that something is wrong. Am I just worrying to much? I was laid back but when it just keeps happening I start getting more and more stressed and more and more worried and a little scared.<br><br>
Thanks for reading this. Any ideas of what to do? How do I find a ped that is more in line with my way of thinking?
 

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It sounds like he could use some Vitamin D in his life. I would get some Carlson's drops (the 2,000 IUs) and start him on a drop a day... stat! My kids went from being constantly sick to less than a cold a year thanks to vitamin D (and eating traditionally).<br><br>
As far as doctors go, have you considered taking him to a chiro. Spine health is important to overall health. I would not take him back to a ped for sure. Probably not even a GP. I would try to find a ND or a DO instead. Someone that is more in your line of thinking.
 

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He gets outside quite a bit, well, when he is not to sick but I will look into vit D.<br><br>
We are on state insurance and I am not sure what all is covered for him but I imagine we have pretty limited choices for health care. Today I visited a GP and we have never been to a pediatrician. Will things be any different with a ped or just the same idea that antibiotics and Tylenol will cure anything?
 

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Wow, just what I was going to suggest - Vit D supplementation and a trip to the chiro!<br><br>
I was also going to mention elderberry as another possible supplement. This winter we all took elderberry as a flu preventative and we all got sick MUCH less often than last winter (last winter was miserable with unending colds and flus and gastros - this year we had a couple of mild colds). We used New Chapter's Immunity Take Care - for the kids I cut them in half.
 

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Can i just say that you and your son are going through the same thing we are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Fevers, doctors, ugh. We are going in today to have both of the girls looked at. Our quality of life is suffering here. I'm at my wit's end with "WHAT IS CAUSING ALL OF THIS???" Since December, both of my girls (4yo and 1.5yo) have had ear infections, strep throat, mystery fevers... I just have this overwhelming feeling that there is <i>something wrong</i>... This is my last ditch effort with "regular medicine" today. All of the technological crap and they (2 small pediatric practices) refuse to do more than a rapid strep test... Seriously. I can't get them to do a urine screen, blood draw, nothing at all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><br><br>
I heard a conspiracy theory somewhere (ooh, credible, I know) that there is some smog cloud coming from somewhere (China?) that is making a lot of people sick, and the allergen counts are extremely high for this time (or any time) of year. Who knows? I could be poisoning them with the Benadryl they've taken. Or the milk they drink (we receive WIC, only regular milk)... Or or or... My kids are in pain and I can't stop it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I don't think you are overly worried-- I'm right there with you! I don't think it's "normal" for kids to be sick like that. (4yo has never really been sick- she just throws off sickness like it's nothing until this year) And I believe you have to follow your gut. If you think something is wrong with your kid, then there probably is...
 

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My son got sick a lot when he was little (he just turned 4) and it was a problem and it wasn't.<br><br>
It wasn't a serious, need-a-specialist type of problem, but yeah, kids aren't supposed to be sick constantly, it was indicative of things being off with my son, he was a lot more susceptible to this stuff than most kids. For us, lots of nutritional stuff was off. Removing our food intolerances, gluten and dairy, was important but didn't actually reduce illnesses in the short-term (for some people it does, we had to do that plus other stuff).<br><br>
Nutrients that have been big for us: zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D (I wouldn't rely on sunshine unless you have a really atypical lifestyle, spending hours outside every day for most of the year, and even then, you're pretty far north and even on a sunny winter day, you can't make much/any D that far north). The vitamin D council is a place to read about it (I ignore everything they say about vitamin A).<br><br>
For some kids, digestive health is a biggie, since there's a lot of interaction between the gut and the immune system. And with lots of stomach bugs, it's something to consider.<br><br>
Helpful thread, even if you just read the first two or three pages....<br><a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=406983" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...d.php?t=406983</a><br><br>
It's been a problem-solving exercise, worthwhile in the long-term though.
 
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