- A mother and an ER doctor whose 7-year-old daughter recently started listening and hearing voices.
- The pediatrician was not afraid, because she recognized her daughter’s anxiety as a well-known sign of infection.
- A fever, the body’s effort to fight off viruses such as influenza, can take a short period of trickery.
At 7 a.m. one recent morning, Kathryn McKinley realized that her sick daughter, Marissa, was bursting with ideas.
“Mom, mom, stop!” Marissa said. She described hearing people screaming uncontrollably.
McKinley tried to calm the 7-year-old’s fears: “Honey, nobody’s screaming.”
The pediatrician knew exactly what was happening to her child, so she was able to calm down. Marissa got sick, with other flu symptoms. Her little boy’s nightmares filled her hospital in recent weeks like a brief spell. It is a sign of the body’s fight against a common invading virus.
“such as Emergency physician“These young patients are all influenza positive,” McKinley said in a recent blog post.
Why nightmares can be a symptom of the flu.
At the Canadian hospital where McKinlay works, several sick children have been complaining recently, she said.
- Hearing loud noises
- Seeing objects that are too big or too far away
- And the fear that someone or something is trying to hurt them
These are all symptoms of delirium accompanied by a fever, which the body uses to fight infection.
Our brain is sensitive to temperature changes, so fever can disrupt normal activity and lead to hallucinations. Episodes are generally brief, lasting only a few minutes and do not require medical attention.
If a child’s fever is above 104 degrees F, does not respond to treatments such as Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen), or if a patient has prolonged confusion (more than a few minutes), it’s time to seek help. Help.
But in most cases, “your little one will be fine,” McKinley said. Simply “offer a hug” and wait for the feverish confusion to pass. The doctor recommends “alternating Advil and Tylenol every three hours” to reduce the patient’s fever, which, in turn, should ease the insomnia.
Mom and the ER doctor are happy to say that we are now “back to playing in the snow and hearing nothing but the squeals of healthy children.”