Unexplanable Fever

Stephanie - posted on 04/27/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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I've taken my 11 1/2 month old son to the doctor twice now, yesterday and today, for the same reason. He has had a fever for four days now and he has no other symptoms, at least that the doctor can sense. He's thinking that it has to do with his kidneys...so now I'm waiting for him to pee into a little baggie that is stuck to his skin around his...ya know. Then I have to pour it into a cup and take it back to the doctor so they can test his urine for abnormalities.

I'm just so nervous for my little guy. He acts normal as can be, but just has a fever. The average temp is 102. If anyone else has experienced this or know someone who has, please let me know what the outcome was. Thank you.

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Arman - posted on 09/07/2012

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hi i am 34 years old and have been suffering from unexpected fever last 6 years that happens every 2/3 months.i checked up like stool,blood,pee everything but normal as per lab report . i would be thankfull if u suggest the better option...........

Christina - posted on 05/11/2010

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My son had really bad fever like that. The doctor did not know what it was but it turned out to be really bad teething. You have to control that fever. What I did was. Tylenol and motrin every 6 hours. So if I gave him tylenol at 12 then motrin at 3 then tylenol at 6 then mortin at 9. I did it for to days till it was gone. Also baths of warm water. Its really bad he has that high of a fever. Now with the recall you have to get a generic brand

Angela - posted on 05/11/2010

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Hi Stephanie;
what happened to your son leading up to the 4 day fever?
Did anything change, was something new introduced?
How is your son, what is his overall mood and disposition etc. Is he cranky, is he teething
Did he play with other kids in the past 4 days.
I'm hoping your doctor asked these kinds of questions.
Feel free to skype me if you wish: heatlhyinitiatives

Normally a fever indicates the body is fighting an infection and if that's the case, a simple homeopathic remedy can help. Of course that depends on where you are Canada or US.
Good luck and don't let people tell you it's all in your head. Try not to drug the baby either with prescription meds especially if we don't know what's going on with him just yet.
The worst thing you can do is panic because that clouds the mind and then you can't make the best decision. Just relax, get to a Homeopath and try to retrace the last 4 days.
I'm not just saying that; my son is just about to turn a year and had a fever a while back so I can relate to the fear of not knowing; just don't be ruled by your fear.
Lots of love to you and your family Stephanie!
Angela

Kristel - posted on 05/08/2010

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My son too had a fever, not even a month ago, spiking to 103. No other symptoms, just the temp. I took him to the doctor, got checked out, ran some blood work and no infection. Just a virus that went away within a couple of day! Weirdest thing! I just gave him Motrin/Tylenol for the fever and he was fine!

Mandi - posted on 05/05/2010

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My son had the same thing about a month ago..his fever got up to 104.5..I freaked out. I took him to the doctor after the third day and the said if he gets a rash to come back its probably Roseolla..I looked it up online and read about it. after the forth day he started feeling better and it just went away. The doctor said that happens with viral infections..just make sure to keep the fever down. My daughter got influenza a couple of years ago and had a siezer in my arms and stopped breathing so if any of my kids get a high fever I give them tylenol and Ib prophen and alternate it to get the fever down..that was probably the scarriest thing I have ever been through. hope my info helps..I will keep your little guy in my prayers.

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Ehmz - posted on 05/08/2010

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Hey, when my baby was 11mos old, the same thing happened to her. She has always been healthy and when she turned 11mos old, she started getting fevers, it so happened it's with her urine, there was a mild infection. It'll go away with continuous medication.

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The same thing happened with my son - his fever peaked at 104.5, but it turned out to be a viral infection. Scariest few days of my life.

I'll be wishing for a speedy recovery for your little one.

Delia - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son had that when he was about six months old or so... The fever lasted seven days. I took him to the doctors for many times too, and they did the same thing... but they decides no to do the testing. Later we found out it was an ear infection, or he not the ear infection because of the fever... but the doc. told us that if doesn't go over 103.0 then if was okay. They gave us antibotics.

Usually, they say if it last more then four days it could be a staff infection but if you take the test to soon then it may not show up.

My sons fever went up and down for seven days and tapered down for the last three days not going over 100.2 and he was just fine. My parents told me it happens when they growing fast sometimes, and it's funny cause he did grow quite a bit that week, you could tell by pix and measurements.

Hopefully thats all it is, just baby growing. Good luck.

Jen - posted on 05/04/2010

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My daughter, 11 months, has had a low-grade fever for 3 days (temps now in the high 90s). Doctor says its a hand/foot/mouth virus that's common this time of year. They get it from touching something contaminated from someone who had diahrrea!?! Gross I know but that's what he said. They also checked her throat for strep and her urine for urinary tract, both negative. You might want to consult another doctor if his temp is 102.

Jessica - posted on 05/04/2010

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yeah the doctors had to do a urin test on my son as well because he lost weight it turns out it was just his body getting ready for his cold, my son has recently had a fever as well and we were told it was because he had an ear infection in his left ear.
i wish your son all the best of luck, and hope he begins to feel better soon though.

Bwatyum - posted on 05/04/2010

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just around that time mine had the same problem.i tepid sponged him for 72 hours.all tests came out normal.the fever lasted almost one week.a few days later i saw 2 tiny teeth.

Stephanie - posted on 05/03/2010

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didn't see your other comment. I'm glad your son is feeling better :)

Stephanie - posted on 05/03/2010

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Don't worry! My son just went through the exact same thing that you are describing. It took a week before anyone could figure it out. He had the urine test done as well, the baggie.. his white blood cell count came back high so they did the catheter, that test came back high as well. So they thought he may have a kidney infection. Turns out it was an infection called "Roseola" which starts out as a high fever, and the fever can last a week, depending on the child. During this time he may have swollen glands (lack of appetite), diarrhea, and vomiting. When the fever finally ends, a rash may appear and might last a week depending on the child!

I was quite terrified when I couldn't figure out what was wrong with my son, but in the end I realised that we just have to stay calm for them! hope you son is feeling much better!! :)

Brooke - posted on 05/03/2010

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A few weeks ago my little girl had what the doctors called a "fever virus". I got a call from day care saying she had a fever of 101.7, and by the time I got there it was 102.5 and by the time I got home it was 103.2. This was all in about a 30 min time span. She is 11 months old, and had never had fever before so of course I was freaking out a little. I sponged her off, gave her motrin, and the fever broke in about 15 min, BUT the fever came back ever 3-3 1/2 hours for 3 days straight no matter whether I gave her tylenol or motrin. I took her to the doctor, but there were no signs of infection. All they could do was assume it was a "virus". It got up to 104.1 one time, and this was 3 hours after the full dose of motrin. It was really scary for me since I am a first time mom. They tested MacKenzie's kidney's too, but all the test came back negative. So awkward as it may seem, this is probably just a fever virus.

Loretta - posted on 05/03/2010

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It is completely normal and HEALTHY to get fevers from time to time, especially during the crawling stages. This is what helps build up their immune systems. They come into contact with different germs, bacteria, ect. and when they get so much they start to run a fever to kill it off and strengthen their immune system. It is important to keep an eye on them and to not let their temperatures go over 106. When it comes to low/med fevers DO NOT give them meds, antibiotics, or anything to make the fever go away unless it is due to something serious. Getting rid of their fevers, instead of letting the immune system run its course, can suppress the immune system, which can lead to more problems down the road.

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It's good that they are checking, but don't worry too much, my daughter who is now 4 had several unexplained fevers when younger. Hers were always pretty high, but she acted fine and we never did find out what it was from. Sometimes babies just get fevers.

Karli - posted on 05/01/2010

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My daughter was spiking fevers of 104 for a week and I spent a lot of time at the doctor and the hospital with no outcome... Finally about a week ago I took her back to the doctor and it was determined that she had strep throat. All in all it took about 2 weeks to finally find anything wrong

Kandice - posted on 05/01/2010

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My 4 year old has a fever disorder. It showed up around 8-9 months the first time. For the first 4 REALLY high ones, we were at the hospital for hours waiting for them to tell us it was NOTHING! We've had her tested for everything in the book. Sh just gets high fevers, but never shows any other symptoms. Each time she has a fever, we give her ibuprofen to keep it at a decent level. As long as she doesn't have any other symptoms, we don't take her in, but I keep a log. We record the time the fever is noticed, when meds are given, and a temp every hour until it breaks. This is in case one of the times it turns into something worse later on. Pediatrician says she will grow out of it. She used to get one every two months or so, but has only had one this year so far (YAY).

Also, is he teething? That can go along with it.

Stephanie - posted on 04/30/2010

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It turns out, he had a high white blood cell count (18000). The normal range is between 4000-10000. They also found bacteria in his urine. He was given two antibiotic shots (24 hours apart) and full teaspoons of Motrin every 4 hours and his fever is gone and he seems to be back to normal. So, whatever bacteria was detected must have been killed by the antibiotics. But, the docs are suspecting Roseola because he had "slapped cheeks" - only because he looked like he was slapped. That's a symptom of Roseola. My understanding is that the normal course of that is a high fever 103+ for 4-5 days and then the fever is gone but within 2-3 days of that a bumpy spotty rash all over the mid-section of the baby appears. So, if Jackson doesn't have a rash after tomorrow, then I'm going to rule out Roseola.

Thank you for all your comments and suggestions and support. It's nice to know that you can go to a place and there are people willing to share experiences and thoughts with no judgement but with the utmost sincerity.

To Milena: I don't think it has anything to do with teething...at least that wasn't the issue for Jackson. He's a late teether though, he only popped his bottom two so far. He'll be a year old on the 10th. You still might want to take your daughter to the doc just to be sure.

Fevers always indicate there is something going on.

Milena - posted on 04/30/2010

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my daughter,also 11.5 months has same fever issue, but i suspect its teething,could it be the same issue?

Malinda - posted on 04/29/2010

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i've only had one problem with one of my kids having a high temperature for no apparent reason. it spiked at supper and went down the next day tho. his was 104.2 for almost 24 hours. come to find out tho his was due to teething (5 teeth at once) and the day the fever went down all five cut the surface. i would definitely have another doctor check it out. don't stop taking him to different doctors until every possibility is exhausted. i would check into neurologists also, because a fever that high could cause a febrile seizure (which would then have to be diagnosed by a neurologist and tests ran). hope everything works out. i'll pray for your little guy.

Tara - posted on 04/29/2010

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My 11 month old had a fever of 103 for four days...no other symptoms, then after the fever went away he broke out into a rash, baby measels they call it...look it up online, it isnt contagious and has no adverse effects, as long as u keep the fever down with tylenol or advil he should be okay

A - posted on 04/29/2010

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My baby is a bad teether, and this last go around (he's getting his molars coming up- he's 11 months today, this was about 3 weeks ago) he got a fever of 102. At the same time, he was showing other signs of bad teething. He's never gotten a fever before, but I hear molars are worse on them than their other front teeth. Its even in my "what to expect the first year" book that its common to get a low grade fever with teething. That could be whats happening with your son, if he's showing other signs. Anything over 102 wouldn't be considered low grade, FYI. Fortunately I had a check up a few days later, and my doc checked out my son and nothing else was wrong with him, so I'm 99% sure it was teething and nothing else. As long as your doctor can't see anything else wrong with him, I wouldn't be concerned. Check those kidneys and rule anything else out. Other than that just keep a close eye on it, give him tylenol/motrin, luke warm baths, etc. He'll be fine...let his little body work out it...make sure he's getting enough milk and sleep.

Emma - posted on 04/29/2010

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my son also had a fever last week for 3 days but then came out in a rash a couple of days later took him the docs and he said he was comin to the end of a viral infection,2 days after the docs he temp was bk to normal and rash gone!! hope this helps

Courtney - posted on 04/28/2010

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both of my babies have had fevers just like no other symptoms that went away in a week or less i just gave them medicine to bring the fevers down i think my youngest her temp was 105 it is scary but he should be fine they say fevers are good for the little ones helps build up there immune systems.........hope this helps

Victoria - posted on 04/28/2010

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I dont want to scare you and I hope this isnt the case for your son....but when I was a child, I kept getting high temps. of 104 to the highest of 106, for what seem to be no reason... My mom took me to several doctors who never had a real answer....Finally when I was 4, a doctor discovered that I was born with 3 kidneys, except 2 of them were about half the size of a normal one and the 2 stuck together, the problem was that one of those 2 kidneys didnt let the urine pass into the bladder, which caused an infection in that kidney and that gave me the high temps. Eventually I had surgery, they put artificial tubes from that kidney to the bladder so it would drain. I've never had any problems since.. =) Again, I hope this isnt the case for your son! Good luck finding out whats wrong with the little guy, hope he feels better soon! =)

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2010

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My oldest daughter would run a fever and never show any symptoms quite often when she was a baby. It was basically her bodies response to a virus and her immune system fighting it off. Definetly keep an eye on it but don't worry too much if he is still eating and acting normall is not lethargic or any other way out of the ordinary it is probably just a virus that his body is fighting off.

Stephanie - posted on 04/27/2010

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To Angie: I don't think this is a 'teething fever' this time. Those are usually under 100 degrees, at least for my son. But you could be right. Hey, I'm open to anything at this point.

Stephanie - posted on 04/27/2010

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He does have a rash that was determined to be a yeast infection. Lamisil was prescribed. So, he's had that for a day and a half but they've never suspected Roseola. I'll mention it when I go back with the urine sample. Thank you Rebekah.

Angie - posted on 04/27/2010

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I have gone through it too, my daughter is the same age and she had a fever 2 weeks ago for 4 nights straight of 103 +. again this week it came back for 2 nights. the doctor thought she has been fighting off a virus, she is also pushing out a few teeth, so could be both together

Rebekah - posted on 04/27/2010

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My son (now 3) has had several unexplained fevers. They usually last about a week and the doctor's only explanation is a "virus." The first two times (when he was under 1 yr) I took him to the doctor and had all the tests run on him. They could not find anything wrong with him and in a matter of days (usually the next day) his fever broke and he was back to normal. So, it could very well just be a virus and will be over in the next day or so. I wonder why they didn't just do a catheter to get a urine sample? That's what they've always done for my son... and it's over with in a few seconds and they have their sample.

Anyway, another thing you might research or ask about is Roseola. It's a rash that follows several days of fever (without any other symptoms). This fall my son had another unexplained fever for about 5 days and then a rash appeared... it was Roseola.

Sara - posted on 04/27/2010

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Stephanie, my daughter is now 2 years old and at 11months old she had a very high fever of 103.5 so we rushed her to the ER and it turned out that she had some type of viral infection. I don't want to scare you just watch your son carefully and any changes I wouldn't heasitate to go to the ER and not your doctor.

Cledia - posted on 04/27/2010

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I would hate to scare you. But you need to be careful. I had a friend her little girl ran a fever for about a week, higher than 102, and it affected her ear. She now (14yrs later) has a slight hearing problem. Have another doctor check it out.

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