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Question: 15 month old, fever for over two weeks


 newdaddy26 - Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:37 pm

My 15 month old has had a fever for two weeks, it goes down when we give him medicine but comes right back afterwards. He has tonsilitis at the same time, mild bronchitis we think, and is sneezing, caughing and has a ton of mucus. The doctors don't' know what is wrong, and we had blood drawn on Friday to see if there was something more.
TOnight my wife says that his stomach is swollen and is bigger then ever, and this is strange as he is refusing to eat, he is drinking a ton of water, but prior to this event he was eating really well.
So does any one have any inkling as to what might be going on, to recap: fever for over two weeks, mucus, caughing, sneezing, swollen belly, refusing to eat, only drinking water, having major sleeping.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:52 pm

User avatar Hello Newdaddy26,

The most common reason for children of this age to have a prolonged fever is because just as they were getting over the first cold they got a second one. The tip off for this is that the fever actually did go away for a day or two in the middle of the illness then returned.

If your son has had a fever every day of the 14 days it is time to see his pediatrician again. A daily fever for 14 days without a known cause meets the criteria of fever of unknown origin and should be evaluated further to determine the cause of this illness.

With the respiratory component, it may be that initially your son had a viral illness and now has a superimposed bacterial pneumonia. Sinusitis is less likely since most of the sinuses are not developed yet but 15 month olds do have some sinus areas that can become infected as well.

The stomach issue is a bit concerning so if this is persisting I would recommend your child be evaluated by a doctor to see what is going on.

Best wishes.

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