Hi everyone, I wanted to talk to everyone about kids and getting sick. My granddaughter started running a low grade fever on Sunday (Oct 6th, 2019), by Monday morning it was 102.6. She was complaining of a headache and throat pain. Doctor swabbed for strep and it was negative. However the doctor sent off for a culture to see if there was anything underlying because she did not like the way her throat looked. Prescribed a strong antibiotic and ibuprofen for fever.
Wednesday we took her to after hour care, Dr said her throat looked red, no puss and that she could go back to school on Monday (today). Well, come Saturday, we brought her to children’s hospital because her fever was 102.6 and she had broken out into a rash all over (chest, back and part of her face (by her ears)).
When the ER doctor 1st saw her, he said he thought it was MONO. However he did run about 15 different tests to be sure it was nothing else. He also gave her a saline drip because she was a little dehydrated.
They kept us up to date with tests coming in and being negative and her blood count was good, etc. Almost 3 hours later, the Dr came in and said it was MONO! He said the only way to get it is through saliva, drinking or eating after someone, kissing, putting something in your mouth and putting it down and someone else picks it up, you can even get it through a WATER FOUNTAIN! She can’t run or rough house because MONO can attack the Spleen.
Mono is a viral infection. Especially, children less than 5 years old have mono. In the age of 5 to 15 years mono is rare. … In rare cases, the child becomes more ill with higher fever, strong pains in the throat and swollen lymph glands
In kids and teens Mono can cause flu-like symptoms such as:
- a fever
- muscle aches
- a sore throat
These go away on their own after a few weeks of rest and plenty of fluids.
Infectious mononucleosis is usually self-limited. Duration of illness varies; the acute phase lasts about 2 wk. Generally, 20% of patients can return to school or work within 1 wk, and 50% within 2 wk. Fatigue may persist for several more weeks or, in up to 10% of cases, for months.
Death occurs in < 1%, mostly resulting from complications (eg, encephalitis, splenic rupture, airway obstruction).
If your child is not feeling well, and the Dr has no clue what it could be as in this case, mention MONO! I would have NEVER thought it could be MONO, but it was.
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