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Advice please

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:29 am
by Cjn
At the end of October my 10 year old son was very sick, but it went in stages so I wasn’t too alarmed. He was lethargic, had a sandpaper rash everywhere, vomited once, and had stomach and joint pains. He did not complain of a sore throat. After two weeks, all of his skin started to peel off and he started to have bloodshot eyes. I took him to our pediatrician and she diagnosed him with scarlet fever but did not do a strep test. Fast forward to the beginning of December and he still has bloodshot eyes (even after she put him on drops) and complains of joint pain. Now I am worrying this was not scarlet fever, but Kawasaki disease. My pediatrician poo pooed this idea as my son is older -10 - and didn’t have a high fever. If he did have scarlet fever the strep test may be negative as so much time has passed? Any thoughts on this? My gut says I should question a little harder, but I don’t even really know what to ask for or what tests he should have? Any advice would be welcomed!

Re: Advice please

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:26 am
by mcoss7
My opinion as a mother and the research I have done on Kawasaki (since my son of 17 months had it) is PUSH HARDER, it is mentioned in several articles that far too many pediatricians miss it due to it being so rare. I would demand bloodwork, have them test his CRP (C Reactive Protein) his SED Rate and a complete CBC, those are the blood draws they did with my son, if it's Kawasaki his White Blood cell count will be elevated, his Platelet Count elevated and so will his CRP and SED rate. Just because yoiur son is 10 years old doesn't mean he can't have Kawasaki, it's rare for them to get it when older but not impossible. I hope this helps.