Griffin is sick w/ a 99.8 fever what should I do?

Lauren - posted on 10/04/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son Griffin has a fever of 99.8 though he feels much warmer than this. We gave him Tylenol last night and he threw it up, so far this morning he hasn't thrown up his Tylenol yet. He did just start part time preschool last Tues. should I call hi pediatrician at home or is this just a cold and I should let it pass? Help I'm a first time Mom and this is the first time my 10 1/2 month old has been sick and it's scary. What do o?

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Christine - posted on 10/05/2009

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I hope by now your little one is feeling better! It is never crazy to call a pediatrician if you are concerned...no matter what hour! I am a mother of three and it is definitely scary when they get sick! If his fever doesn't change (for future reference) within an hour after giving it to him, you can alternate meds every 2 hours. It works for my kids and was recommended by my pediatrician, I didn't just make that up. We do motrin and then two hours later tylenol and continue that cycle for 24 hrs. Congrats on baby number one and good luck!

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My almost 11 month old just got over having a fever that was 101.4 at the highest time. I called this really great toll free line that lets you connect with a nurse. I was told that if the fever is 105.8 or higher on two consecutive readings the baby needs to be seen within 4 hours. As well if your son was the shakes, for more than 30 minutes non-stop to take them to the doctor within 4 hours. Another thing to look for is dehydration, no wet diaper in 6+ hours, a lack of tears or sticky feeling saliva. We took my son to the doctor on day 3 of the fever and were told to give him lots of clear fluids, not to worry if he wasn't eating great, and use Tylenol to keep the fever down. A few days later and he was doing fine. It's a very common first time mom thing to worry a lot!

Joanne - posted on 10/05/2009

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I've been told if Tylenol (I'm guessing it's paracetamol based) doesn't work to try ibiprofen. Apparently you can administer both without causing an overdoes (that said I'm not quite sure I'd do it without giving the doc a call first). Also I've heard if one doesn't bring the temperature down the other will.

Anna - posted on 10/04/2009

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call your doctor, once he gets to 101.1 you have to take him to the hospital. just last month i was in the hospital with my son because he had a temp of 99 for 2 nights but was fine during the day. so once it hit 101 i took him to the hospital and at that temp they had to do a rectal reading, and it was 104.3. that was by far the scariest thing that i had to see, and it was just a fever, no ear ache, he wasnt teething at the time and had no other symptoms of a fever or even a cold. so be on the safe side and call your doctor or go to the hospital once the temp hits 99. i'm sure you've done something by now, but hopefully other will read this and take in some info for the future. god bless

Cathy - posted on 10/04/2009

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I would keep monitoring his temperature and if it goes above 100.5 then call the doctor. That is what our pediatrician told us. Sometimes teething causes a low grade fever it did with my daughter once. Make sure he gets plenty of rest and fluids. If he is refusing his bottles and has a fever it could be a sign of an ear infection. Kids in daycare get sick a lot at first. My daughter has a runny nose and cough again. The first time my daughter was sick we were taking her temperature often and even took her to the ER as her fever was 101 plus and she had the chills and threw up. Turned out to be an ear infection but we are new parents and it was after 10pm at night and we didn't know what to do. Hang in there and keep checking his temperature and if it gets worse do call his doctor.

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