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My son is 4. On Friday, he came down with a stomach ache and

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My son is 4. On Friday, he came down with a stomach ache and temperature. The next day he had a fever and chills all day. Sunday, the temp was gone. If anything was very low like 99. He has a wet cough now. Today is Monday. He had no temp this morning. And went to school. Great energy. Are a big dinner. Then said he had a belly ache. Again diarreah and now a low grade temp of 99.4. Is this really weird? Scary? What's going on? Worried mom here.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 5 months ago.

Greetings,
Thank you for your question.
I am Dr. Su S.
I will try my best to help you.

Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 5 months ago.

How many times did he pass stool?

Is there any blood in it?

Does he have vomiting or any other symptom?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
He's only had diareah twice. He had a normal still today today. No blood. No vomit
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
But Friday and Saturday he had a fever and then got better and now today just at night it's back???? After the diarreah it came back??
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 5 months ago.

Please wait.
I am writing the answer.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I meant he had a normal stool today too. I meant to say. And no fever. Then...ate dinner. Ran to the bath room. Had the runs and then got a temp.
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 5 months ago.

Thank you for the input.
From his history, it is likely due to a viral infection.
Symptoms can vary.

Stool can be formed then get loose.
99-100 is not very high temperature.
You can wait & watch.
Viral infection usually subsides by 4-5 days, sometimes prolong though.
Usually supportive measures are needed.
Please give him plenty of fluid to keep good hydration.
Pedialyte can be given.
Tylenol is good to control fever.
Ibuprofen can be given as well.
However, I would recommend to get him examined if the symptoms continue or if the diarrhea gets worse.

A stool test, blood work can be needed.
I hope this information will be helpful.
If you have any query, please feel free to ask.
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Wish his healthy life.
Regards.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Could this be something serious??? He is acting fine. Energetic and eating.
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 5 months ago.

It does not look anything serious.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Could he have caught a different bug? Why would a fever leave and come back?
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 5 months ago.

Different virus can cause infection.

Virus infection is usually self limited.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
What does that mean? Could a fever go away and come back?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Friday/Saturday it was 102-103. Sunday it was gone or low..like 99. And today it wasn't there this morning and then after dinner came back. That's my concern.
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 5 months ago.

It can go away & come back for a while & then subside.

If the temperature gets high like 103 he will need an examination by doctor.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
It was only high for 2 days.
So it can be normal for it to return??? At a low temp? That isn't concerning?
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 5 months ago.

It is normal for the fever to wax & wane.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok. I believe this is viral but just confused on why it's lingering.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
why the temp came back. Just worried
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 5 months ago.

We have discussed those questions already.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I know I guess I'm trying to understand the virus. Gastro virus can linger this long?
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 5 months ago.

Yes, it can prolong.

Sometimes, bacterial infection can set in.