help 1 year old son has a fever

Cassandra - posted on 03/28/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi im a first time mom to a wonderful one year old cheerful boy. My son been sick for the past 2 days with only a fever. I took him to the hospital last night they said its cause of his teething but i see he doesnt feel well i try to keep him hydrated but he doesnt want water his fever stay down for a bit but later on it comes back high and he cant stand it please help. I hate to see my son like this. Any suggestions are fine. Thank you

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Sarah - posted on 03/29/2016

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To add to Dove's comment. It was common for parents and doctors to recommend alternating tylenol and ibuprofen for fever. In 2013 the AAP took the position of "one or the other not both" as kids were getting too much of both medications. I personally am a tylenol giver, my kids have sensitive bellies and they tolerate tylenol better. You can use either but don't alternate the two. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory, so for teething that may be better. Unless you are dealing with a temp of 102 or higher I'd let it ride.

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Dove - posted on 03/28/2016

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How high are you calling high? A fever in and of itself isn't, typically, concerning (past about 3-6 months). A fever is the body's natural defense against infection, so a bit of a fever is actually a good thing.

A cool, damp washcloth on the forehead and or neck can sometimes bring a bit of relief and cool the child down a bit. Pushing fluids is good. If he's refusing water you could add an ounce or two of juice to make it a bit more enticing... some kids will drink more if there is an ice cube in it...

If it really is high and/or the child is miserable... a dose of Tylenol or ibuprofen is fine. Some people will alternate the two, but that's something I've never done so I won't advise either way on it.

Sarah - posted on 03/28/2016

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Have you given him some infant tylenol or ibuprofen? That will keep his fever down. However, if he actually has a fever due to a virus or illness, fever serves a purpose by raising his body temp to kill off the bug. I know it isn't fun, but sometime it is best to just let it run its course. If he is vomiting or has diarrhea, that is another matter.

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