This is sort-of-but-not-really a Dr. Eljay post, because I've already sought medical attention, but I'm wondering if your kids ever have problems with inflamed gums?
My two-year-old has been sick for a few days with what seems like a virus. He got sick really fast with a very sore throat and a fairly high fever (up to 102.9 under the arm), and a bit of a runny nose. We're out of town (at my folks' house) so I took him to a drugstore minute clinic to rule out strep throat, and kept in touch with the pediatrician on call back home, who wasn't overly worried.
I was giving him ibuprofen for the pain for the first day and a half, then I switched to acetaminophen which seemed to keep up with the pain better.
On the second day of his illness, his gums started to look swollen and sore. I stupidly forgot to mention this detail to the pediatrician, I was so preoccupied with throat cultures and swine flu and the fever. Today (day 3 of illness) his fever finally came down, and his throat seems to be getting better, but his gums seem even worse (they look like one of those dentist's scary posters about gingivitis) and are painful enough to keep him from eating. I'm not sure if the swollen gums are associated with the original illness or if they are a reaction to the liquid medicine (children's ibuprofen and children's tylenol), which seems to hurt his gums. I have now dropped the medicine altogether as I'm afraid it's actually aggravating the sore mouth. Is that possible? Do any of your kids get sore mouths when they get sick, and/or have you ever been able to trace this to an allergy in an OTC medicine? He's never reacted like that to children's medicine before, but I've also never had to give him so much of it.
I thought of hand-foot-mouth disease, but I think he already had it last summer.
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