what should you do to break a fever?

Meagen - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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my 4 months old son has a fever of 101.5 i gave him baby tylenol but is only down to 100.5 when should i be worried and how do i break his fever? please help i am desperete with worry!

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Wilethia - posted on 10/25/2009

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It may sound crazy but it works...rub a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the bottom of his feet.

Eloise - posted on 10/26/2009

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try a bowl of cold water add vinigar and dunk a towl in the mixture and ut it on his head and body.good luck hope he feels better soon

Cindy - posted on 10/25/2009

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First I would talk to your doct since that baby is so young, but growing up when we had fevers my mom did not run us to doctors that much unless it was something really bad. I know this is going to sound crazy, but it works and it is something that our grandma done with her kids...My mom would take a onion and a potatoe and cut them up and put them in our socks and make us lay down and wear them...most of the time she would put it on us at bed time and keep a check on us during the night,but the next morning our fever would be gone and the onions and potatoes would be cooked from the fever. BUT like I said I'd talk to your doc first about if you need to bring them in first.

Lisa - posted on 10/24/2009

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We put the kids in a bath with lukewarm (NOT COLD) water. Then we give them icecubes as "boats" to play with. This helps lower their feaver and entertains them at the same time. A baby bath with lukewarm water should help too. You don't want him to get to cold but to lower the bosy temp.

Holly - posted on 10/26/2009

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Tylenol every 4 hrs but make sure no more then 5 times in 24 hrs. then bathing also works and just making sure they arent to warm. when we are in the house i try and make sure to keep my son comfortable but not to warm because ive been told over bundling and over dressing is just the same as under dressing but always make sure the room is at a decent temp.. I also would call the dr and see what they tell you to so but as long as hes at 100 your still ok thats still normal for a baby.

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Emilia - posted on 10/26/2009

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well you should wait at least 45 min to see if fever breaks if not keep your baby in just his
onesis and warm water compresses on his forehead and underarms that should help if not rush to your pediatric and.hope your baby feels better

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First...dress him in light clothes..onesie or something. Then the right dosage for his age of Tylenol...after the 4 hours or the directions for the next dose..give Motrin..for infants of course....cool wash rags to cool under his armpits, under his knees and forehead...and check him about every four hours to see if it goes down...if it doesn't call the doctor and tell them all the symptoms and they will lead you to the next step.

Corey - posted on 10/25/2009

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My ped has told me many times as long as u can get the temp under 101 to not worry so much, cause at 101 it is still fighting whatever bug they have, a luke warm bath is helpful and strip him down to his diaper, I just spent 3 days with my 4 year old having a high fever, I did the tylenol, he wore nothing but his undies, and his doc said I was doing all that I could.

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Lukewarm bath, tylenol and motrin, mix water and apple cider vinegar and rub it on him.... fevers are scary but you got to go down that's the main thing so then just keep an eye on it. You'll both be fine. If nothing works and you're concerned contacting your doctor will give you peace of mind.

Meagen - posted on 10/24/2009

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thank you so much guys i think we were able to break his fever!!! you guys are so ausome , thank you soooooooo much!!!!!

Leasa - posted on 10/24/2009

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The tylenol and motrin is right , unless baby is vomitting DO NOT give motrin, But yes Motrin works best on bringing down fever. And the bathing also helps along with keeping baby comfortable and not bundling them. 100.5 is not too bad , no need to worry , if it gets to 104 for longer then 24 hrs with no break then you need to get him to a doctor.

Patti - posted on 10/24/2009

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Just want to add a note please. A bath is a wonderful thing to help break fevers too. Make sure it is in a draft free area first of all. Then, from what I was told from medical personnel is that it doesn't need to be cold at all, it just needs to be comfortable to the touch. Not hot, not cold. The way it works is that when the moisture is on the skin when you have a fever it will evaporate and as the water evaporates, that is what brings the fever down, not actually being in the water.

Jackie - posted on 10/24/2009

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You son may be like my niece and my daughter... Tylenol just doesn't do its job. Try alternating between Motrin and Tylenol always starting with the Motrin. My daughter would literally need a double dose of Tylenol to start and then would need her next dose every 3 hours not every 4. We of course were under close supervision with a doctor for this all because she had seizures from fevers. Another thing I learned during those long 5 years is that Tylenol isn't the proper doses on the bottles since its given by weight. So sometimes you actually might not be giving enough. If you know your boys recent weight you can call the doctor and find out the proper dose he should be getting.

Anna - posted on 10/24/2009

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I'd see a doctor for a baby that young - they can get a lot sicker really quickly.

Gini - posted on 10/23/2009

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nothing beats a cool bath (for older babies). I use to stand in the shower (cool as I could stand it) holding them, when they were younger babies, brought the fever down quick.

Marie - posted on 10/23/2009

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Fevers are scary things. My daughter had one of 103.1 today, so I know. Since he is only 4 months old, you really want to be careful. Yes a lukewarm bath is good. Make sure if he sweats in his close that you take them off immediately, so that he doesn't catch pneumonia. You also should try rubbing him down with some baby lotion. Not cold, because he might go into shock, but warm it up a little. I use to put some in a baby bottle and place it in a bottle warmer. Anyways, the rubbing will help soothe the baby and the cool temp of the lotion will bring down the temp. My pediatrician told me that you can bundle him in blankets and take him outside for about 4 minutes. Enough to bring it down, but not enough to chill him. Lastly, I know you want to cuddle him, but remember that you are sharing your body heat with him when you do, so limit it as much as possible. I hope this helped. :)

Tara - posted on 10/23/2009

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Id say any babies under 6 months need to see a doctor for a high temp, its a big worry at that young of an age.

Valerie - posted on 10/23/2009

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That ones not bad really it is just at a point to burn up the germs. A fever of 100 I leave, at that young age you could even leave 101 keeping a close eye on it. If it is bad give a lukewarm bath to bring the temp down right away, and if tylenol isn't bringing it down, alternate it with advil.

Laura - posted on 10/23/2009

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I dont know about 4 month olds but I do know with my 2 kids I rotate tylenol and motrin every 4-6 hours...and cools baths.

Cassandra - posted on 10/23/2009

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I know that some moms don't like medicating for some things but when it is necessary you should do it, that's up to you in that decision. My son ran a fever of 103.5 for 24 hours straight, I took him to the ER and the dr said the craziest thing "give him tylenol and motrin together", I looked at him like 'are you crazy!' and about 4 hours later his fever broke. you can to confirm this at your local pharmacy but, when you give tylenol and motrin together they don't clash, they work in two different aspects, but you should only do this if you are directed to (most of the time, you have to be in dire need of a resolution before the dr suggests it but, it doesn't hurt to ask if you really think the fever will not circum to the au natural methods).

Ashley - posted on 10/23/2009

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Yep, try the bath. Not really warm, and certainly not cold, but luke warm. 100.5 is still lower than 101.5, so you are on the right track! If you give him another dose in the due time and after a while it doesn't go down, call his pediatrician. If you are really worried, do not be afraid to call their office to speak to the on-call physician! As a first time mom I have done this for a fever!
Good luck mama, and I hope your poor bubs feels better soon!

Kelly - posted on 10/23/2009

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My doctor always told me to make sure they are not bundled up or dressed too warm. It holds the heat in. Try a bath so baby can cool off a little and the dress in a onsie or a diaper alone,just be sure to have the room temp comfortable for less clothing. This lets the heat escape and not raise temp further.Hope your little one feels better soon.

Melody - posted on 10/23/2009

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I would not worry until it is 103 or higher. You are doing good if you give him tylenol. You can also try giving him a luke warm bath. When one of mine was around that age, she had a 104 temp. and I ran to the ER and they told me to do the same thing your doing. But I did the bath and it helped a lot.

Becky - posted on 10/23/2009

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Try giving your son a bath, making sure to wet his head. Wait the allotted time with the Tylenol and then give another dose. If it does not come down, you might want to give your doctor a call.



Hope this helps.



Becky

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