My 17-month-old son has had a low grade fever going on almost a week now. He had been to the doctor after day 2 and he was fine, lungs, throat, eyes and ears all clear. He (and I) both woke up with stuffy noses 2 days ago and his fever is still there. It is very mild but has been there for a good week and a bit for sure and I am getting rather concerned at this point - anyone having similar experience that turned out to be more than a common cold?

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Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son did the same when teething, and then again when his 2 year molars recently came in. It is not actually the teething that causes the temp though, it's the fact that teething causes things like excess drool, thinned mucus, etc. which signals the immune system to work overtime. A low fever is just that, the immune system fighting to keep the body healthy. Therefor if this is what is going on, they are more susceptle to catching something. So keep an eye on it, and if it continues or symptoms worsen go back to your pedi, and go back again after that if you need to. Also if the temperature stops for 12 hours or more and then comes back, it can indicate an infection rather then a virus. Virus stink, but infections that are not caught are even less fun!!! Good luck.

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My son is just turned 2 in November and he just got over a fever he had for 2 weeks. Most of the time it was low grade one night is spiked to 105. I took him to the doctor after 4 days and again at almost 2 weeks and they said that it was just a virus. I did go away but he had it for a long time.

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thanks for the posts, I hadn't thought about his teeth being a cause since he's got 16 and never had a fever with any of those - I will have to check his mouth maybe his last molars are coming through - thanks again.

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Amanda - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son had this problem around that same age and when I took him to the dr. the told he he had a sinus  infection. I never knew kids that age could have a sinus infection but they gave me antibiotics and it helped. Did the dr. check for that???

Kathie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Maybe he is getting his molars....my 18th month old had a similar thing & it was just more teeth :)...

Jess - posted on 02/25/2009

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My daughter is 20 months old and keeps gettin fevers too had a 103 fever yesterday. Doc says its a gastro intestinal infection going around and she hasn't been eating. keep em hydrated and keep givin children's motrin or tylenol to keep the fevers down. if they don't eat anything at all after a week or so get them hospitalized they'll have to be fed intravenously. hopefully it doesn't go that far.

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2009

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I agree with Haley. Cutting teeth can produce off and on fevers. My son had one for about 2 weeks off and on, while he got his back molars. Check out your sons teeth, and if you are still super concerned, go to your doctor again.

Morgen - posted on 02/25/2009

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Also--be aware that RSV is making the rounds this time of year. Maybe ask your Pedi about it. 
And, even though his ears were clear at day 2 doesn't mean they still are. Ask your pedi to check them again.



Hope your little guy feels better!

Morgen - posted on 02/25/2009

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Also--be aware that RSV is making the rounds this time of year. Maybe ask your Pedi about it. 
And, even though his ears were clear at day 2 doesn't mean they still are. Ask your pedi to check them again.



Hope your little guy feels better!

Andrea-Jayne [AJay Jimajay] - posted on 02/25/2009

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my daughter has had the same thing for over a week now, she even has diorreah and a terrible chesty cough, not been eating much either, but according to the doctor everything is fine and its just a cold. theres nothing much i can do for her but give her calpol if she gets too hot, cough medicine and to keep her fluid intake up.
as long as theres nothing else alarming, ie a rash, hes being vacantm etc then there should be nothing to worry about. he should be fine in a couple of days.

Haley - posted on 02/25/2009

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When my son was around that same age he would have a runny nose and low grade fever and after a few days of the tyenol he was eating on night and I just happened to glance into his mouth and he was cutting two teeth. So you 11month old may be doing that same thing if everything is clear on the Dr's side of things.

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