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User - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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3 year old son: 102.6 degree fever. Gave him Tylenol. He is resting. Is the fever still too high? Doctor, hospital?

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Megan - posted on 01/21/2009

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Try Motrin alternating with tylenol every two hours. ( Motrin, the two hours later tylenol, then two hours later motrin.) This should work really well and break the fever. If the fever persists or nears 104.0 then go to the hospital. But, you should really let the doctor know about the temp. Also, cool bath's work well to break a fever.

Demetria - posted on 01/21/2009

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I am in nursing and 102 is high but its watchable meaning he have to keep fluids in his body and wake him up every time on time for his meds to be giving usually they tell you to come in if its 103 and above so just keep a close eye on him especially through the night so you may put him in your room for montoring or sleep in his. I hope I help you hit me up if you need any more advice.

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Vaughn_kimberly - posted on 12/15/2013

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Right , I think some fever is OK to fight off illness. I feel 101 or 102 is enough or...all I can stand as a mom. Rotate Tylenol and ibuprofen. Google dose charts. Thank s Kim

Amanda - posted on 01/21/2009

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Home Management of Fevers



Do give your child lots to drink. Fever increases fluid loss, and dehydration can drive up your child's temperature. Kids with fever often do not feel thirsty, or by the time they do, they're already dehydrated. So keep offering fluids.



Small, frequent sips are often best, especially if the child feels nauseated. If necessary, use a plastic medicine dropper to gently insert water into your child's mouth. The type that holds several ounces is best to use.



Dress lightly or bundle? The answer depends on your children's perception of temperature - follow her cues. If your child looks pale, shivers, or complains of feeling chilled (things that tend to happen in the early stages of fever), bundle her in breathable fabrics so that sweat will evaporate, but make sure she can easily remove the layers. If she is comfortable and her fever is low, dress her snuggly and give warm liquids to assist the body's fever production. If she sweats and complains of heat, dress her lightly and let her throw off the covers. Older kids will take care of these needs themselves.



Don't push food. People with fevers generally don't have much appetite. Let your child determine when and what she eats. Just bear in mind that consumption of sugary foods could delay the natural immune response.



Herbal Remedies for Fevers



A rule of thumb that herbalists like to use during minor illness with fever is: "First, do nothing," meaning that a short period of observation ought to precede any action against the illness. Follow our guidelines above for seeking medical assistance for feverish children under the age of two, and encourage fluids. For older children, give liquids, make them comfortable, and observe closely.



Is your child drinking fluids well? Urinating at least once every eight hours (ideally, every three to four hours, or wetting eight to ten diapers per day)? Does your touch console her? Is she playing normally? If the answer to these questions is yes, she is probably not seriously ill.

Stasha - posted on 01/21/2009

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ive been told that a temp close to 103, if it lasts for than a couple hours can effect their brain, my son as an infant had a fever like that, I called the emergency nurse line and they had me take him to the ER

Stasha - posted on 01/21/2009

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ive been told that a temp close to 103, if it lasts for than a couple hours can effect their brain, my son as an infant had a fever like that, I called the emergency nurse line and they had me take him to the ER

User - posted on 01/21/2009

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I know that my pediatrician is usually more concerned with how he's acting also. If he's still playing and acting o.k. they're usually not too concerned with the number. If he's very lethargic and not acting himself, I'd definitely call.



 

User - posted on 01/21/2009

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Thank you, ladies for your advice.  His temp shot up to 103.5!  Called the dr and she said everything you already told me!  Alternate Tylenol and Motrin, lukewarm bath, push fluids.  She said to keep checking on him, if the fever persists tomorrow we should go in to see the dr.  You gals are awesome!  Thank you for your help and well wishes!!

Amanda - posted on 01/21/2009

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A fever is a backup defense mechanism when our primary ones fail. Good food, adequate rest and the ability to handle stresses are the primary ones.



Please read one of the most comprehensive to date that I have reviewed on this important topic. Many families with young children will want to print this article out or bookmark it so you can have it to refer to in the future. It has all the necessary information you need to know on how to address this common problem that is typically mismanaged.



However, it is absolutely amazing how infrequently your children will get sick when they are following the diet program. We all know that it is far easier to prevent an illness than to treat it.



I would also advise avoiding most all of the anti-fever medications unless your child is absolutely miserable or the fever is over 105.





from mercola.com

Megan - posted on 01/21/2009

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Try Motrin alternating with tylenol every two hours. ( Motrin, the two hours later tylenol, then two hours later motrin.) This should work really well and break the fever. If the fever persists or nears 104.0 then go to the hospital. But, you should really let the doctor know about the temp. Also, cool bath's work well to break a fever.

Connie - posted on 01/21/2009

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My doctor told me to give my little guy childrens motrin (dose according to his age), and four hours later I give him a dose of childrens tylenol.. this way rotating the meds will keep him comfortable and help keep the fever down. Doctors say that a fever is a good thing because it is fighting whatever is going on.. even though we mothers worry ourselves sick over our kids and want to make them feel better immediately.. Drinking is important when there are fevers too.. my kids like to drink gatorade when they are sick. If the fever doesnt go away after a couple of days, you should call your doctor. Hope this helps and hope your little one gets to feeling better soon.

Sheila - posted on 01/21/2009

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ooohhh.. don't agree with that pediatrician.  103 is VERY BAD....105 MAJOR EMERGENCY!

Sheila - posted on 01/21/2009

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ooohhh.. don't agree with that pediatrician.  103 is VERY BAD....105 MAJOR EMERGENCY!

Sheila - posted on 01/21/2009

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ooohhh.. don't agree with that pediatrician.  103 is VERY BAD....105 MAJOR EMERGENCY!

Beret - posted on 01/21/2009

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104 is dangerous, but 102 isn't exactly safe. try cool (not cold) compresses under the armpits and around the groin area. if this doesn't help you should definently call your dr.

Alanna - posted on 01/21/2009

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a topic near and dear to my heart... my daughter has febrile seizures, so we have gone through this a lot. Tylenol can be given every 4 hours and Motrin every six. You should alternate them until the fever goes down. If the fever doesn't come down within 30-45 minutes, put them in a room temp bath and give a dosage of whatever med you did NOT give originally (if you gave Tylenol, give Motrin and vice versa). If it still doesn't go down, or he is super lethargic or not acting like himself, then i would call your ped or advice line... we have also called our local children's ER (Lucille Packard at Stanford) and gotten advice. I would make an appointment to see your ped as well. Fevers are usually signs of infection and he may have an ear, sinus or bladder infection (do boys get bladder infections?). Have him rest and give lots of clear cold fluids (broths, water, juice, ice pops).



Good luck!

Jolene - posted on 01/21/2009

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I've been told by a pediatrician that you don't need to go to the hospital untill the fever is 105. Cooler milk and lukewarm baths way help as well.

Idalma - posted on 01/21/2009

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i forgot.. make sure you are giving him the right dosage too! You may have to call the pharmacy if its not clear on the bottle! I've made the mistake of not giving enough and of course, it did nothing for me!

Idalma - posted on 01/21/2009

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My daughter gets fevers very typically when she gets sick, and the doctor has always told me to give her tylenol and motrin switching back and forth between the 2 every 4 hours. A cool bath also helps keep the fever down, and never bundle them up as they used to do with us when we were little (sweat a fever away.. NOT). After a few hours if you see the fever does not go away or keeps coming back, you must take her in to see the doctor or go to the ER. 103 fever is very serious and a persistent one can present other complications and even be fatal. I have had to take my daughter into the ER after doing the back and forth between the tylenol and the motrin and she has gotten better but then gotten worse again, and at that point they have given her a rectal suppository and kept her there for a few hours for observation and that usually does the job. But this is worse case scenario. If he's resting and not whiny, just keep checking his temp. to make sure it stays down. Keep him cool. You can get a cool damp cloth and place it on his forehead. I have always also used some rubbing alcohol, but thats up to you. It stays cool on their skin.. I put some on my hands and lightly rub on the forehead, chest and arms.. wherever it feels real hot. I hope this helps.. good luck!

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Call the doctor. At least you can talk to a medical assistant or physician assistant. If for no other reason than piece of mind. See if there is anything else you can do, or any other steps to take. It cannot hurt - and you are obviously worried, right? :-) (HUGS)

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009

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So, it's 102.6 AFTER the Tylenol???  Either way, usually at 102 you should call the doctor about it.  Not sure where in the country you are, but if it is after doctor's office hours and the temp is still that high, you should at the very least call the on-call at the doctor to see what they think.  If there is no on-call, personally, I'd go to the ER to see what they think. 

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Call the doctor. At least you can talk to a medical assistant or physician assistant. If for no other reason than piece of mind. See if there is anything else you can do, or any other steps to take. It cannot hurt - and you are obviously worried, right? :-) (HUGS)

Keri - posted on 01/21/2009

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HI I have a four year old son..My pedetrician always tells me ( when I ask repeatedly lol) what is too high...."It is not the number to worry about , it is how your c hild is acting"  I always say follow your Mother's instinct if you are really worried and feel like something  is REALLY wrong then take him to be seen I would go DR first and then hospital if your Dr is not open..Hope I have helped

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