Fever

Nikkole - posted on 03/17/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My daughters 8 months and she woke up this morning with a fever of 102 and shes teething should i take her to the Dr tomorrow or wait it out?

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Kate CP - posted on 03/17/2011

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What?? A fever over 104 F can lead to brain damage. A 100 F fever is normal for kids.

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Under 6 months (and especially under 3) is when you really have to watch the fever. Over 100 CAN be dangerous in a child under 3 months. At 8 months.... 102 doesn't sound fun, but really isn't dangerous and I agree w/ waiting it out.



All 3 of my kids have been up to 103 at or a bit under a year. One of my girls has even spiked a 105 on two seperate occasions (at 5 years though). NO brain damage in our home.



IF the child has a history of seizures or something else associated w/ fevers then, of course, you would be a LOT more cautious, but for just your average every day kid.... 102-103 (and even 104) is nothing to freak out over. Now, if it doesn't come down w/ meds, cool washcloth, etc... that is, again, a different story.



I hope she feels better soon!!

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April - posted on 03/19/2011

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The highest fever I have ever had was very close to 107. I am profoundly deaf in my right ear and almost profound (90% loss) in my left ear. I am lucky to be here, I almost died. I was 3 years old. I always took my son in if he had a fever of 102. It's too late for me, but if my son ever gets a severe infection like I had, he will have a chance to get help right away. I'd rather look like the crazy overprotective parent, than be the parent that wasn't cautious enough.

Audrey - posted on 03/19/2011

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take her to the doctor! even though she is teething, a temp of 102 is still too high. you dont want to mess around with a fever. give her some baby tylenol and call the doctor.

Bonnie - posted on 03/18/2011

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A fever of 100 is like nothing. 102 is getting there. If it keeps going up, you should take her to be checked out. My 2 year old has had fevers of 40C and after being at the hospital for 5 hours, all they did was give him more children's Advil to see if the fever would come down at all and then sent us home. It's the kind of virus going around. He had a fever for 2 weeks. I thought I was going to lose it.

Rosie - posted on 03/18/2011

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if she has other signs of illness yes, take her to the doctor. if she just has a fever, and seems fine otherwise i wouldn't. i wouldn't even give her tylenol (unless she acts like she's in pain), but the feverf is there for a reason. if it gets to be 103 then i would give some tylenol then to drop it. like carol and erin have said, keep an eye on her though. febrile seizures can happen, i've known 2 people IRL and 2 people on line that have had this happen, so just check in on her more often! :)
hope she gets over it soon!!

Ez - posted on 03/17/2011

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My daughter had a febrile convulsion in November. Similar situation to Carol. No other signs of illness other than she'd felt a bit warm that morning. I decided it was nothing to worry about, because she has a long history of high fevers (40C+). In this case, she was with my mother as I was at work. I got the phone call that they were on their way to hospital in an ambulance. Her temp was only 39.6. It's not so much how high the fever goes, but how quickly it spikes (which is why they can seem fine one minute and then seize the next).

Milla spent 4 days in hospital on an IV to fight the infection that had ravaged her tonsils and lymph nodes in her neck. The seizure was the first indication that she was sick.

Not trying to scare you, but it is something you need to be aware of. If you can bring the fever down with meds (and it stays down for 4hrs) I would probably wait til morning. You can give a combination of Tylenol and ibuprofen as a more effective way to combat a high temp. But if keep a good eye on her, keep her hydrated, and keep her in minimal clothes. If you can't get the temp back within normal range, take her in. Take it from the mother of the Queen of Fevers :-/

Johnny - posted on 03/17/2011

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Two weeks ago my 2 1/2 year old suffered a febrile seizure with no other symptoms or signs of illness with only a 39 C (102.2 F) fever. She was resuscitated by the paramedics and taken to hospital. She had total paralysis of the right side for about 4 or 5 hours after.

I had taken her temperature, thought it wasn't too high, she'd had higher, and decided to wait it out. I woke up to her seizing less than an hour later.

She's fine now, like it never happened. She was with us so we noticed the seizure immediately and were able to call 911. So just keep her right close to you would be my only advice. Febrile seizures are surprisingly common, but not normally harmful as long as they are dealt with in about a 10 minute time window. My daughter had never had a seizure before nor had anyone in either side of our family.

Carolyn - posted on 03/17/2011

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personally, i wouldnt worry too much, especially if her only other symptom is drool ;) but that is just me ! do what you feel comfortable with !

My mom raised 4 of us and when i called her freaking out about a 101 ( first time mom, first time fever haha) she said she never worried till 103 or more.

Babies get low grade fevers all the time to fight of small little viruses etc, that often the only other evidence is in their poop ( from what i have read ) and quite often with teeth !

Im willing to bet your instincts are right ! just keep her cool, control the fever, and trust your gut. You will know when something is off .

Nikkole - posted on 03/17/2011

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@Carolyn yea she has been crawling around all day and eating like normal its just the fever and her drooling EVERYWHERE (she has 2 teeth now) so im sure shes trying to get more teeth in! But yea the Tylenol is bringing it down for a while.

Carolyn - posted on 03/17/2011

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you can do a luke warm bath, cool wash clothes on the head, loose and light clothing ( maybe a onsie and socks) some cold water to drink

Carolyn - posted on 03/17/2011

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my son had a virus which caused high fevers. I pulled him out of bed one afternoon and he was 104.8 ! now that scared the crap out of me. We brought him to the clinic that night.

anywho, what the doc said to me ( before determining it was infact a virus) was that if tylenol/ibuprofen is bringing the fever down, baby is happy and eating, they usually make you ride it out and come back if : the fever persists through the medication, your baby has a shift in mood ( lethargy), and/or loss of appetite, or x number of days has passed and the fever is still present. I was also told to give some pedialyte to prevent dehydration from the body using up all the water trying to cool itself as i noticed he was having fewer wet diapers during the fever.

considering a babies normal rectal temperature is 100.2 or less, a 100 degree fever is not going to cause brain damage

Normal axillary (under the arm) temperature ranges from 97.5 to 99.3 degrees Fahrenheit (36.5 to 37.4 degrees Celsius)*.

Measured in the ear, normal temperature ranges from 96.4 to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Kate CP - posted on 03/17/2011

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Just keep an eye on her fever. If it starts spiking (they usually do at night) then try a cool (NOT COLD) bath and cool compresses on her forehead. If that and the Tylenol aren't bringing down the fever for at least 4 hours at a time then take her to the ER or urgent care.

Nikkole - posted on 03/17/2011

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@Kate thats what i thought i used to get 104 temps every time i got a fever still do shes never had one that high but close yea i took it about an hour ago it was 102.1 so gave her some fever reducer and her bottle and now shes asleep and when she sleeps she sweats and feels cooler, im thinking she has an ear infection maybe it could be anything.

Nikkole - posted on 03/17/2011

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well ive been giving her Tylenol and it brings it down for a while then goes back and shes been playing and eating all day i called the nurse line at her Dr.s office and they told me to wait three days because they wont really do anything unless its like 103 or so, but i may take her when hubby gets home

Karissa - posted on 03/17/2011

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You should take her immediately. A fever over 100 degrees can lead to brain damage. It is better to be safe than sorry. You should bring her tonight, because if it is not just teething then there may be something to worry about. They may just say to give her some infant tylonol, but I think she might be too young for that. You can call the hospital before you bring her and they will tell you for sure if you need to go. If she has had a fever all day then yes, for sure bring her.

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