When is a fever too high???

Stacy - posted on 07/02/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My little has been running a fever of 104. and everyone including the dr's tell me it's not a big deal.

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Vanessa - posted on 09/08/2012

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my son is 2 1/2 yrs old and now twice has hada high temp and been saking uncontrollabl and not sure why.he is fine during day,bit of a runny nose but oherwise hapy.it happened in middle of nightboth nightsand i gave him panadol and cuddled him till i stopped and he fell asleep.curious of what it could be?

Melinda - posted on 07/03/2009

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Having been at the ER a few night ago with my 4 year olds fever that high, I can tell you that the Dr.'s don't seem to be as concerned as we are. I was given info from the nurse in the ER that says 106-108 is dangerous. However, my child's Dr said that at 104.5, children begin to become lethargic. I think that you have to use your own judgement on whether or not it is a big deal. I always dose Motrin and Tylenol together and then alternate to bring fevers down. (The ER papers said that by giving those meds, fevers will only come down 2 or 3 degrees, so don't expect it to be the normal 98.6)

Julia - posted on 07/04/2009

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Just be careful with cool baths, the latest advice says cool cloth to the forehead but not cool bath as it can cool them down too quick and make them start to shake uncontrollably (rigors) and they can be quite shocked with that. At least thats the advice we are giving at the nurse led telephone helpline where I work. And always try to give plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration with the fever.

Jessica - posted on 07/02/2009

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That's odd that a doctor would tell you a 104 temp is no big deal. My son is 3 and has had 2 different pediatricians both of them told me to give him a dose of tylenol and then 20 to 30 minutes later give him a dose of motrin. Problem is with my son is his temps don't come down as fast with just tylenol. They usually come down into a not so scary area once it's almost time to give him another dose of tylenol. And they told me if that didn't work to call them back. Is your child acting normal or your child out of sorts? And how old is your child?

Kelly - posted on 07/04/2009

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As the others have said, it depends on the age of the child - if a doctor isn't worried, then that would reassure me, but if you're still not happy then get a second opinion. Don't feel like you're being over-protective, at the end of the day you know your child better than any doctor and if you don't feel comfortable treating the fever by yourself then you're entitled to some help. How is your child in themselves? If they seem pretty much OK, then Ibuprofen or Paracetamol (dependent on age) are good at bringing temperatures down. Other than that, keep them in just their nappy and if they're up to it, a nice cool bath. If you breastfeed let them carry on as often as they want - if they have formula give them that or cool boiled water. A fever can come about from loads of things, so as long as your little one seems fine in themselves, then I wouldn't worry too much. Then again, I'm not a doctor so this is just my advice as a mother so like I said if you're still worried ask for more help hun! Good luck x

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April - posted on 07/03/2009

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I brought my son to the ER a couple of weeks ago with a 104 temp. I was terrified, as I have never seen the thermometer read that high! He got there and the Dr. told us the same thing... use motrin and come back in if he starts acting lethargic. Which I thought he was, until we got to the Dr. office and he began running around yelling "I WANT A SNACK!" Needless to say, I felt like an idiot. However, you never know... The Dr. said Better to get them check out, than to let something serious sneak up on you. If you're concerned, bring your child in if the meds aren't lowering it at all. But like Melinda said, it will not make the fever go away, just keep it down a little.

Jennifer - posted on 07/03/2009

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My pediatrician says it is more about how they are acting than how high the fever is. If they are acting like they feel bad and they have a fever give them motrin or tylenol. If they have a fever but are acting ok then let the fever do its job. FYI I have found that motrin works better for my two year old son

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How old is your child and how long has he had the fever? 104 really isn't a big deal depending on age and how he is acting. Unless they are totally miserable I don't usually even medicate unless it's over 102.

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