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I have a 5 year old son who c/o tummy ache starting on Friday

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I have a 5 year old son who c/o "tummy" ache starting on Friday afternoon. His temp. was 102. that night. Tylenol with some relief. Occasional moist cough observed. Continues to complain of stomach pain. Fluids taken well, but solids taken less. Has had regular bowel movements. Up all day today low grade fever this morning. More active today. Complained once of a headache. Bedtime routing per usual (story and drink, etc.) A little more difficult to arouse and felt unusually cool to touch. Tempurature 95.5. Seemed a little confused when he awoke. Is he overly tired. Should Inot be concerned about this subnormal tempurature? I'm very anxious and am wondering what to do?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Lisa, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN replied 7 years ago.
At this point, given his age, I would recommend calling his pediatrician. I would also recommend rechecking his temperature before calling, so the provider will have the most up to date information. Also, you may want to check to see if your son feels clammy (in addition to cold) and if his heart rate seems rapid. In this case, anytime a child has a lower than normal temperature, feels cold to touch, and is more difficult to arouse, particularly when the child has been acutely ill, it is important to have the child's primary pediatric provider involved. I would recommend calling the provider's office. There should be a provider on call. The provider will be able to instruct you further. They may recommend some monitoring; however, they may recommend immediate evaluation. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the internet, we can't substitute for a primary provider, so I can't provide you with specific instruction, but I do feel that calling his primary provider is warranted. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please let me know. Lisa
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