fever of 104 teething??

Shelly - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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hey everyone,



I was wondering what you all think. Hunter was 10 months yesterday and has one tooth on the bottom and is just getting his second (top front). The first tooth made him a little grumpy but this one he is miserable. Last night he had a fever of 104. (with baby motrin in him for 3 hours) and screemed till 3:30 in the morning.



my questions is do you think it is something else for that high of a fever? or do you think it could just be the tooth coming in giving him that high of a fever?



to me I though a fever of 104 was too high for teething.



thanks for your help, Shelly

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Just so you are aware, babies often spike fevers of 103 or higher when they are ill. They are scary, but they are rarely serious. They are the body fighting off infection, so they are in fact good. It is when the body loses its ability to control fever that it can get dangerous. Some children are prone to what are called febrile seizures. That is when a fever spikes extremely high (in the 106 to 107 range). When a fever gets that high, it can cause brain and organ damage. Thankfully, fevers rarely get that high. My older child, Anna, has been sick very often with pneumonia. She often gets fevers in the 104 range. And they last for days. She hasn't had any damage from the fevers. It is often frustrating when you go to the doctor and they seem so passe about a high fever, but with my daughter's illnesses, I have done a lot of reading about them. As scary as they are, most doctors simply don't worry too much about them. They are much more concerned about they way your child is acting or the other symptoms that are involved with the fever. Yes, an unexplained fever that lasts longer than three days is cause for alarm. But, in general, if there is no ear infection or sinus infection, there isn't much the doctor can do save tell you to give tylenol and motrin. If you want to combine the meds to help bring down the fever, the way they did it for Anna in the hospital was to start with Tylenol. In two hours, give her a dose of Motrin. She will be ready for another dose of Tylenol four hours after she first got the Tylenol. She will be ready for another dose of Motrin six hours after she got her first dose of Motrin. Because they have different amounts of time that the drug stays in the system, they work very well in combination to keep fevers down. Also, be aware that these fever reducers will only lower the temp by about two degrees. So if your child is spiking a fever of 104, don't expect tylenol to bring it down to 99. It'll only come down to 101 or 102. And, if there is an infection there that may be a good thing because the fever will help to kill the infection. Good luck.

Shelly - posted on 08/27/2009

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I took him to some dr. at the after hours clinic and he just checked his ears and throat and sent him home. he said he is fine. To me when I walk in saying my child has a fever of 104 for 2 days you would think he may actually take his temp to varify??!! but no not him! He also said we dont always find out what it is on the first visit. My thought was "well maybe if you actually took your time and actually looked at him you might actaully find it!" I was a little upset with the dr. seeing we were out of there in less than 5 minutes. Sorry I was venting! But thanks for all the tips for everyone!

Lisa Crawford - posted on 12/08/2013

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Correct me please if I am wrong, because I may be mixed up on how to alternate giving Tylenol and Advil (Motrin) since it has been a Long time since I had to do it, so I could have forgotten or like I said mixed up on the right way to do it. But, I thought when alternating them (Tylenol every four hours and Advil every six hours) you give Tylenol first, wait two hours, then give Advil, wait two hours its time for Tylenol, (since it was given four hours ago) then wait two hours and give Advil (last dose was given six hours ago) Is this wrong?

Cari - posted on 08/27/2009

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Defiantley agree with Jennifer. Our ped. said anything over 101 somehting else is happening in there, not teething

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Shelly, teething can cause fevers, but never higher than about 100 (or maybe 101 if there are several teeth coming in at once). 104 is definately not teething. especially if he had Motrin in him for some time. Motrin will reduce a fever up to 2 degrees. So that means that his fever could have been nearing 106. Call the doctor. Don't take teething for an answer. I hope he's ok. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Nikia - posted on 05/01/2014

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did you try moutrin and Tynelol. There are natural teeting tablets that you can give.

Crystal - posted on 07/19/2011

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i also use ear thermometers and they work fine to me with a temp that high i would go to the dr A.S.A.P thats not teething although teething can cause temps it wouldn't cause one that high he could have a virus or an ear infection my oldest use to get an ear infection when cutting teeth sometimes that happend to me once when my oldest was little i left and went to the er turns out she had a virus and a double ear infection good luck to you

Zojoho - posted on 08/28/2009

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Hi Shelly,

I agree with what Jennifer has written. If your DS has had a fever THAT high over the course of a couple of days, it generally indicates that your DS's body is fighting an infection some where.
Perhaps get your baby's Dr to check his ears, throat, urine (he might have a UTI if he isn't circ'd) ..it could be a number of things, Roseola is a common illness around this age group too.
Good luck, and I hope that you get some thing sorted for your gorgeous Boy. xx

Shelly - posted on 08/27/2009

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Thanks everyone. His fever is down to 100 today and still crabby. My dr. office is open tomorrow so I am going to call and see if she thinks he needs to be seen. She is really good unlike the one I saw last night.



thanks

Deanna - posted on 08/27/2009

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I'm assuming the Dr. you saw wasn't your babies pediatrician. Did they prick her finger for bloodwork? To rule out an infection. Your baby will need plenty of fluids,and rest is what we did for Maddie. Mortin and Tylenol every other dose. 4 days is about how long hers lasted.

Deanna - posted on 08/27/2009

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My daughter recently had a fever of 103.4F with tylenol in her system. She had been with a sitter all day who told me she was a little warm and cranky so she gave her tylenol for teething. (I freaked). It turned out to be a harmless virus that went away in a few days, but my doctor wanted to see Maddie in the office that day. Fevers can be serious. You should call your pedi if you haven't already. Hope your little one feels better quick.

Ashlee - posted on 08/27/2009

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I would have had my son at the doctor or at least phoned triage that night once the motrin didn't work 103 is too high never mind 2 days too high for a couple hours. I wouldn't have left the office without him taking his temperature either. When it comes to my son and his health and safety I would/will not stop until I am satisfied that ever thing is/has been done to help him. A high fever for too long can cause real damage! I would at least get a second opinion

Erin - posted on 08/26/2009

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Yes, my son had a high fever for 3 days..right around 103ish...turned out to be Roseola.

Shelly - posted on 08/26/2009

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my dr is on holidays of course! I am calling the afterhours clinic at 5 when it opens

Sara - posted on 08/26/2009

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Take him to the doc for sure. My daughter had a high fever last month (103) that lasted for about 3 days...she had no other symptoms, but we took her to the doc and he said it must be a virus since her blood work came back ok. After her fever broke, she got a rash. Turned out she had Roseola, which is pretty common.

Jackie - posted on 08/26/2009

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Sounds like maybe he has something else going on. I don't think teething fevers go above 100. When my daughter was teething it was very low like 99 something. If he doesn't get better i would call the doctor.

Shelly - posted on 08/26/2009

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I used an ear thermometer. i did both ears and got the same reading. thanks for the help!

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Oh, just thought of something else. How did you take the temperature? Ear thermometers are notoriously innaccurate. If you want the most accurate temperature, take it rectally. That way you will know down to a tenth of a degree what the temperature is.

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