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    Default Ds has fever and won't eat!

    Ds is having fever since yesterday and he refuses to eat. For example today he ate less than half wheatbix and half of a plum, thats it. He is drinking milk and water though. I kept offering him a variety of food and made soups and his favorites, nothing worked. His temp isn't that high at the moment, around 39. My husband thinks we should let his body fight the fever at this stage instead of giving him panadol. Not sure what to do. He is very sleepy but just won't eat. Won't he get hungry? How is he going to fight the disease if he doesn't have energy ?

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    My daughter was really sick last week and my doctor said to fight with panadol, keep up with fluids but don't push food if not hungry, as they're more likely to vomit which would make them miserable.

    Dr told me to alternate panadol and nurofen every 3 hours. Took 24 hours for us until DD was back to normal and started picking at food again.

    Hope your little one feels better soon! x

    ETA at a temp of 39° I would definitely be giving panadol, that's really high

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    Panadol and plenty of fluids...offer him a dry biscuit or toast but he may just not feel like eating. Plenty of rest and see how he is tomorrow. He won't starve hope he feels better asap

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    If you are concerned take him to a Dr, but it is quite normal for kids not to eat when they are feeling poorly. As long as he's drinking and not dehydrated than it doesn't really matter if he goes off his food. I don't give panadol unless the kids are uncomfortable and in pain, but if he is uncomfortable then just give him some panadol - it won't hurt.

    Hopefully he will be back to normal soon!

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    As long as they have plenty of fluids it should be ok for a little while. Fingers crossed he few better soon x

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    I don't often give panadol, the fever is fighting the infection. I'm not fussed when they don't eat, I don't feel like eating when I have a fever either. It's important he keeps drinking though. Fluids and sleep, he should feel better soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    I don't often give panadol, the fever is fighting the infection. I'm not fussed when they don't eat, I don't feel like eating when I have a fever either. It's important he keeps drinking though. Fluids and sleep, he should feel better soon.
    ^^^^^ this. Unless he cracks a 40 degree or becomes symptomatic with the fever, I'd be inclined just to keep up fluids.

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    Thanks everyone, he has just gone to sleep, still not eating. I took his temperature before sleep , it was 38'5, so didn't give panadol. He was drinking plenty of milk and water, so that is a good thing. I will definitely keep an eye on his temperature overnight and give him panadol if necessary. Fingers crossed he will get better tomorrow

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    As others have said, don't be too concerned that he's off his food, as long as he is well hydrated and continues to keep having water, that is the main thing when they're sick and not eating and getting plenty of rest. I am sure as soon as he starts to feel better, he will be back to eating as he'll no doubt be hungry.

    Good to hear his temps falling, hopefully whatever is causing it will be short lived and if in doubt and you're still worried, I would see your GP.

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    I offer Panadol if my girls temp is over 38.5 just for their own comfort. I also always have powerade in handy so they can keep the fluids up if they won't eat anything else.


 

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