Toddler with pale skin, discolored stool, no appetite. What should I do?

Patient

Q:
My toddler is 20 months, and he is quite a big boy with a very good general health. He is 86 cm tall and has 15kg. He is still breastfed. Now he is not feeling weel.

All started 11 days ago. For 2 days he had a runny nose and a cough once in a while. I used saline nasal spray - what is usually works great - to clean his nose. After

two days, in the morning when he woke up he started coughing and he vomited (more like spit up), I thought it was because of the stuffy nose. During that day he seemed

fine, he played like usual. In the evening he started to get low fever (37,7-37,8 C), but didn't seem to bother him, so it was OK. I tought it is just a cold that

will pass in a few days. During that night the fever raised at 38,5 C. He started to feel very sick, he kept asking for wather and breast milk. I made sure that he is

well hydrated for not having any complication. I gave him a acetaminophen suppository and in almost 30 min the fever was all gone. But the vomiting not. He woke up

coughing and vomiting (still more like spit ups, not projective ones). This kind of vomiting repetead for almost 3 days, for about 5-8 times per day. The afternoon nap

was way shorter and he seemed sleepy most of the time. He didn't had diarrhea, but he had some loose, discolored stool once a day. The on/off mild fever lasted for 2

and a half days. I tried to give him Pediatric Electrolyte, but he didn't like it and spit it up. I managed to convince him to drink 5ml at 10-15 min but that didn't

last long and he refused it again. I tried the flavoured electrolyte, the freeze pops but he still refused it. Just one taste and that's all. Only wanted water and

breast milk. He drank a lot of water and more breast milk than usual. So, after 5 days of cold like symptoms he seemed to be a lot better, but still pale. He is

resting better in the afternoon nap (like usual) and sleeps peacefully through the night. Now he is still refusing to eat. I tried everything that he adored to eat

before. Yesterday he had a few spoons of smashed potatoes, 2-3 bites of a banana, 5-6 bunches of grapes, a few spoones of simple yoghurt and that's all. Still wants to

drink a lot of water and breast milk. He seems that he lost weight, his skin looks pale, his eyes look like he is tired. Until yesterday evening, he didn't had a stool

for 3 days. And the stool from yesterday was pretty hard and still discolored. I don't know if it has any relevance, but he started daycare (2hours/day) one week

before all these started - no kid at daycare had anything like this. What do you think he might have? What should I do? We don't have a family doctor here(we moved in Montreal 2 months ago) and I want to know if it is necessary and where I should take him to be seen by someone. Thank you!

Symptoms:  coughing, discolored stool, pale skin, no appetite, the need to drink a lot of water
Doctor

A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: Hi I brought a plastic plate with food on it to a party and covered the whole thing with foil to keep it warm. The ...

Q: Hi how are u. is it OK to ride my excersixe bike 60 min a day .5 hrs a week. I'm trying to loose weight.

Q: 16 year old son sick 3 months low white blood count, atypical cells, high lymphocytes, low iGa and Igm, swollen nodes...

Q: Hello I have some peeling skin on my penis right beneath the glans. it itches and may have an odor to it. its been th...

Q: I get a tingling feeling all over my body ive had that for nearly 2 years like electricity through my body when i fee...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews