“My son’s 40 deg fever lasted 6 days”

Mycoplasma, a bacterial infection, may seem like the flu, but can do so much more damage to your munchkin’s health…

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"In August this year, my usually healthy 5-year-old son Harry started complaining that he felt unwell. Except for a raised temperature, he had no symptoms. Since he was still pretty much his usual self, we didn’t worry too much but kept an eye on his temp.

The following day, his fever had risen to 39 deg C. Feeling concerned, my husband and I took Harry to our paediatrician at Mount Alvernia Hospital. The doctor didn’t seem too concerned as he didn’t have any other symptoms, so sent us home with general flu medication and antibiotics.

Though we gave Harry his meds religiously, his condition did not improve. In fact, things got worse over the next four days when his temperature fluctuated at between 39 and 40 deg C. No one in our household slept well that week. My hubby and I were up almost every hour checking Harry’s temperature, sponging him to try and bring down the fever and administering the medicine.

“Sleep-deprived and fully-aware that a prolonged high fever and cough are not good signs, we rushed Harry to our paedi again, hoping to get to the bottom of this problem.”

By day six, not only had his fever not subsided, Harry had also developed a nasty cough. It didn’t sound like the usual cough, much deeper, which worried us even more. Sleep-deprived and fully-aware that a prolonged high fever and cough are not good signs, we rushed Harry to our paedi again, hoping to get to the bottom of this problem.

This time, our equally concerned doctor listened to Harry’s lungs and noticed that he was having difficulty breathing. After sending him for a chest X-ray, which showed patches on his left lung, his paediatrician suspected that it could be pneumonia. A physiotherapist then came in to help Harry cough out enough phlegm, which was then sent to the lab for tests.

Click to find out the results of the lab test…