1 year old has fever help!

Jessie - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 128 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 13 months and has been running a fever between 100-103.5 for the past couple of days, hes restless and fussy when his fever spikes.. Tylenol has been helping temporarily but seems to wear off quick and his temperature goes back up above 101.. We have taken him to the doctor the first day this happened and they said it might just be a bug he caught from someone, but the wierd thing is he has no other symptoms other than a fever. Any suggestions? This is the first time our little one has been sick and we are not sure what to do?

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Shawanna - posted on 11/09/2009

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Ladies! I know we don't like old remedies sometimes, but here is one of the best remedies on the planet. When that stubborn fever won't let up, rub your baby down with rubbing alcohol. It does the trick every time. Now, since we're dealing with babies a year and under, pour the rubbing alcohol onto a warm cloth and then rub the baby down. I prefer the green rubbling alcohol, but both will do. Happy Fever Busting! :)

Shawanna - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi Jessie,

Fevers, yuck! I know how you feel. My now 17 month daughter, twin to her brother, had a really weird fever just like your son. It lasted for two days. I took her to the doctor, they checked her for strep, and it was negative. The scary thing is it after all of the switching from tylenol to motrin in b/w hours, it didn't seem to make it go away either. So what do you do then? Just pray over your child, and let their bodies fight whatever is ailing them inside. That is the good thing about a fever. It's a sign that something is there, and their little bodies are fighting it away.

Shae - posted on 05/14/2012

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hi my son is 1 years old and he always gets a cold like all the time he will get rid of it then it comes back ...i feel sorry for hjim wat can i do he doesnt go to daycare so it carnt be that?

Michelle - posted on 11/10/2009

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dont second guess yourself if your not sure what to do when your 1 year old has a fever trust your motherly gut alternate tylonol and Motrin.lukewarm baths with a little splashing helps take the focus off while cooling down.. A lot of bad things can result with temps,keep him hydrated with plenty of fluids you can get a feel how much your baby takes in fluids by the wetness of the diaper if still wearing em or how many times to run to the bathroom if he dont want drink let him suck a damp corner of a clean washcloth and this helps him to bite all he wants if he's teething.keep checkin his ears and throat for reddness go back to the doc if no changes and dont apologize or feel bad for bugging the doc remember thats what they are there for, to help.

Chris - posted on 05/14/2012

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It could be allergies. If the mucus is clear, then allergies it is. Green or yellow could be a sign of infection or virus. you cam verify by looking up on the net or ask your doctor.

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Cynthia - posted on 02/19/2012

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Add Motrin to the meds it will help!!! Various reasons for fever so doctors can't really say why but ur the mom and u will know when to be worried. We are over worried at times but trust yourself.

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Tylenol didnt help my son much either but infant motrin ALWAYS drops his temp to normal. When your one year old has a fever you can give him motrin every 6 to 8 hours and if he still has a fever or seem in pain you can alternate with tylenol since its every 4 hours.

Kylie - posted on 11/09/2009

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don't panic, if bottle feeding, make 3 up, and take him to the local hospital, prob, is teething, but better to be safe!!!

since your 1 year old has a fever nurses will give him a needle which will help. my 28 mth old did the same at 6 months!!!

note the temps down in your sons blue book.

good luck, prayign for you both!!!!!!

Nobit2003 - posted on 11/09/2009

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maybe you can ask your Dr to check his throat or ear.. sometime infection can couse fever.. i wish your son in the good health now..

Nicole - posted on 11/09/2009

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If I was you I would take him to the hospital. It is not safe for your 1 year old to have a fever that high for so long. I would get him some pedialyte also to make sure he is hydrated as well. My daughter had this but it only lasted two days and she was fine. I havent heard anyone who had it last that long...better to be safe than sorry.

Shauna - posted on 11/08/2009

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You can alternate tylenol and motrin every 3 hours. I would say that it is not teething, but probably a bug of some kind. You should take him to the dr but just remember that the dr should only give an antibiotic if what your son has is bacterial, not viral like the flu. good luck.I'm a medical student.

Marsha - posted on 11/08/2009

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Hi, I have 2 little girls and this is the classic sign (the fever for 3 days with no other symptoms) that a cold or "bug" of some sort is about to rear it's ugly head. Not all the kids I know get this. My girls often get a rash 3 days after the fever when it is viral. Just seems to be the way our kids fight the invasion of a new bug.

Apparently the body's way of fighting against this is raising it's temperature so that the virus/bateria doesn't like it, although fevers are scary they have a purpose. I had one docter tell me at an after hrs clinic to focus more on the childs behaviour symptoms and only give paracetamol/iboprofen when the child gets ratty/drowsy/acting out of character. Although I know this I can't help but worry and give the medicine anyway.

Apparently they do grow out of it!! Just not sure when, my eldest is 3.5yrs old and touch wood seems to have lost the symptomless fever before getting sick.



Even though this is a frequent thing that seems to happen with us, I always take my girls to the dr if they have a high fever/rash. I just like to cross off the obvious of ear infections, throat infections etc.. and it also creates a history incase it does turn out to be something a little more serious, which in most cases never eventuates.

Brittany - posted on 11/08/2009

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My 17 month old has been doing the same thing, no other symtoms but a fever, if you want try motrin, it seem to last longer for my little one, I use that one at night since its a 6-8hour relief instead of tylonals 4 hour relief, im sure hes fine the doctor told us that it could be teething, so wait it out a couple more days if hes still spiking high temps go back to the doctor, hope that helped

Tina - posted on 11/08/2009

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First, I hope by now your son is doing much better, however in June our son had something very similar. We ended up having blood work drawn because his 103 fever lasted for more than 5 days. Everything came back ok other then his neutrophil count was high indicating a virus rather then a bacterial infection. Bottom line is continue alternating Tylenol with Motrin and keeping his temp under control best you can. If this persists, go to your pediatrician AGAIN and demand labs be drawn. Sometimes people and even babies can get staph infections in their blood or in other parts of their body and not have the "cold or flu" symptoms we associate with fever. Good luck!

Traci - posted on 11/08/2009

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my daughters docter told me never to put everything down to teething , my daughter recently had a fever for three days, i switched between calpal and volaren suppositaries and gave her cool baths, by day 4 i was desperate, on day 5 a rash appeared and turned out it was roseols (baby measles) i fever is the bodies was of fighting an infectio usually after 2 days you should take your child to the doc!!!!

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My daughter always had high fevers as a baby and I would also alternate between tylenol and Motrin. Another tip you could try is to put a little bit of rubbing alcohol in the bend of her knee and elbows. Then you lightly blow. I know that sounds crazy, but it cools them down. It sounds like your son is teething. My daughter never gave me problems teething, however, my son has ran fevers often while cutting new teeth.

Rhonda - posted on 11/07/2009

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May be Roseola, a virus which your child runs a high fever for 3 to 4 days, the fever breaks and a rash will appear. Once the rash appears your child is over the worst.

My son had it at 1, very common

Yvette - posted on 11/07/2009

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U need to call the dr back and explain how long your one year old has had the fever so u can take him back in it maybe his is teething and that is causing a fever try motrin and rubbing his gum with a cold teething ring but definitely call the dr to be on the safe side the first day is to soon to see if something is developing

Kelly - posted on 11/07/2009

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Quoting Kate:



Quoting Rebecca:

First thing to do...RELAX!!! I have three little ones very close to the age of your son. All of which have had fevers. those temperatures are perfectly safe to let them burn off all by themselves! Tylenol should only be used if it spikes WAY too high which I would say is anything above 104! Even still 104 is ok if they burn it for no longer than a couple hours then you can bring it down. But I'm personally not comfortable with it going above that. Or I would only use Tylenol if the child is REALLY uncomfortable. Otherwise, watch him close, keep the baby hydrated and cuddle with him a lot!!! He'll be back to normal in no time!





Actually a child with a fever of 103 F or higher should be given tylenol and rushed to the ER. At 104 F the brain starts to literally cook. I have a friend who is deaf because her mother didn't take her to the doctor soon enough.



 



Kate is correct I'm married to a paramedic and also a Medical assisted. any fever over 101, sure be given tylenol and or motrin , at 104 the brian starts the cook and can cuase live treating problems.





 

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Quoting Judy:

My experience and that of my daughter's with my 4 grandchildren is ear infection. They don't always exhibit any other signs but the fever and being fussy. Always best to check with doctor.


I agree.  My sons first ear infection was only detectable by the high fever.

Judy - posted on 11/07/2009

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My experience and that of my daughter's with my 4 grandchildren is ear infection. They don't always exhibit any other signs but the fever and being fussy. Always best to check with doctor.

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I am pretty sure I remember a nurse telling me to bring my 14 mo old in if he had a fever for more than 3 days.

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I am pretty sure I remember a nurse telling me to bring my 14 mo old in if he had a fever for more than 3 days.

Whittney - posted on 11/07/2009

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Since your 1 year old has a fever you can give popsicles, (low sugar or sugar free).....they help lower the fever and kids like them!!

Michaela - posted on 11/07/2009

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He may have a UTI or bladder infection. There really are no other symptoms until it gets really bad. My son was running a fever just like yours with no other symptons. After about a week I noticed that his diapers were really full everytime I changed him. Otherwise, when your one year old has a fever, just alternate between Tylonel and Motrin. Give him lukewarm baths. Push lots of fluids. Keep his room cool and let him get lots of sleep.

Gloria - posted on 11/06/2009

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Sorry to hear that your one year old has a fever, I know most doctors recomend tylenol, for my own experience I know it doesnt work, try motrin instead, and give him warm baths every two hours, don't cover him to much, dress him with light cloths, and give him a lot of fluids. Hope he can feel better.

Katie - posted on 11/06/2009

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Luke warm baths a few times a day, alternating Tylenol and Motrin every four hours will help this also. Keep him dressed cool but not to where he can get a chill and push fluids. Hope he feels bettter soon.

Amanda - posted on 11/06/2009

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i know how you feel my daughter was just sick with that fever. It's a virus and the fever is lasting from 5 to 7 days in children my daughter was the same way no other symptoms but the fever. all you can do is give your child a cool bath and give tylenol also you must keep cool clothing on your son like shorts and a t-shirt. my doctor told me that you are not supposed to bundle your child like they used to do. now they want them to be cool so that your body tempature comes down. when the child is snuggled up his body cannot release the heat were as the cool clothing his body can release the heat. i did it for my daughter and the next day she didn't have a fever anymore.

Lyn - posted on 11/06/2009

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When the fever goes up try a cool bath to help bring it down. Not a cold bath but more room temp. Also I agree with alternating Motrin and Tylenol, when my grandson was running a fever thats what the doctor had us do. Good luck and I hope you son is well and running around soon.

Donna - posted on 11/06/2009

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Try putting him in a tepid bath. Not too cool or he will scream. Dont dress him too warm and keep giving him the Tylenol or Motrin to keep him comfortable. If he doesnt seem better in a few days call your Dr back.

Lisa - posted on 11/06/2009

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Yes it is very common for children to run temps, but but I think anything over 101 should be treated with rotation between tylenol and motrin and if the fever continues for greater than 3-4 days take him in especially with the flu season here. It is better to be safe than sorry and your child's health is not something you should gamble with. It could just be he is teething, but like I said, better safe than sorry

Lyn - posted on 11/06/2009

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My little boy had the same thing 2 weeks ago and im sure your panicing as much as I was!! I was convinced he had swine flu!!! Turned out to be chicken pox which I found out a week later when the spots came out!! If your little one attends nursery or has been around other children it could be the same thing. My little ones temperature was up and down, and he had a vomiting episode once. Whatever it is plenty fluid and if you get at all concerned (mothers instinct is never wrong) then get professional advice. Hope everything is okay!! xx

Michelle - posted on 11/06/2009

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By now, has your son gotten any spots on his body? This happened to my daughter. She had a high fever for 3 days and then about 5 days after the fever started she got spots on her torso. It looked like baby measles (which is different from regular measles and harmless). There isn't much you can do but try and keep him comfortable. Cool cloths, tylenol (please don't mix medicines without a professionals advice), lots of liquids. Be careful with baths that he doesn't get chilled after, but a coolish one can help. Good luck

Francine - posted on 11/06/2009

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Quoting Jessie:

1 year old has fever help!

My son is almost 13 months and has been running a fever between100-103.5 for the past couple of days, hes restless and fussy when his fever spikes..tylenol has been helping temporarily but seems to wear off quick and his temperature goes back up above 101..we have taken him to the doctor the first day this happened and they said it might just be a bug he caught from someone, but the wierd thing is he has no other symptoms other than a fever. Any suggestions? this is the first time our little one has been sick and we are not sure what to do?



Have you tried giving him motrin?  It helps when you rotate from tylenol to motrin.  Give him lots of fluids.  Water and Juice.  Pedialite helps too.  I mix it with the juice because my little one doesn't like the taste of it.  Also you will probably need to take him back to the doctor to make sure he doesn't have an infection.

Susan - posted on 11/06/2009

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So, I haven't read all 91 replies, but I think I might have something NEW for you to do.

There is something called a "three day fever" for children under 2 years. It is simply a three day fever with no other symptoms and is normally followed by a rash on the body. However, if any other symptoms arise or it lasts more than three days then you NEED to seek help.

I personally do not agree with giving any fever reducing medicines unless the fever becomes very high or is causing him to not sleep at night. The fever is there for a reason: to help the body fight the problem. If you force the body to bring the fever down then you fool his system into thinking he is feeling better, this allows him to have more energy to run and play. Instead, he needs to have some fever to keep him down so his body can use all his energy to fight the infection in the body.

So, instead of giving him Tylenol and Motrin, try using alternative methods. The first one is to HEAT his HANDS and FEET. Use a blow dryer on warm and then massage his hand/foot with your other hand (you don't want to burn him by just blowing hot air on him). Believe it or not, this brings down fevers AND helps the immune system. It doesn't work for very long so you need to be persistant. But if you are interested in reducing the fever without pumping loads of meds into him then this really works. Note, this does not bring him back to normal temp, it only reduces and helps his body fight the infection.

If you have heated his hands and feet and his temp is still not going down at all then you can try cooling his forhead with a cold rag making sure to get both temples and middle of forhead. But please do not skip the warming of the hands and feet as this is vital.

Good luck!

Cathe - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hi Jessie! The first time is the worst! I promise, it gets easier over time. Remember, that a fever is the body's way of fighting infection. With that being said, the 103.5 end is a little high. When my little ones have fever, I alternate motrin and tylenol every 2 hours and that seems to really work well. It may very well be a bug...but if it keeps up more than 3 or 4 days...I'd be paying another visit to the doc. Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 11/05/2009

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he might have an ear infection. My daughter ran a fever for a few days. She had a cold so that is what i thought it was. Then the fever would not go away. Come to find out she had an ear infection

Adrianna - posted on 11/05/2009

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try a warm bath not hot and not to cold but lean more twords the cool side should bring his temp down when i was a kid my mother used to wipe me down with rubbing alcohol from the neck down and it always worked but they say thats not good to do any more causes dehydration but some times the old school stuff works good luck hope your little one feels better

Shannon - posted on 11/05/2009

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Both my daughters did that when they were teething....I found that Infant Motrin works better...also Pedalyte makes melt away strips that dissolve on their tongue to keep them hydrated....also try popcicles ...and maybe cool rags on the forehead

Bernadette - posted on 11/05/2009

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Take the child to a 2nd doctor for a proper examination, you will not be able to forgive yourself if something serious is wrong. some doctors don't get it right.

Suzanne - posted on 11/05/2009

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Try Infant Motrin which works better and longer than Tylenol. If it has been a few days and no improvement it is time to go back to your pediatrician to have him rechecked (ear/throat infection is very comman with fever and would require antibiotics).

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My son when he was little his fever would spike and Tylenol does wear off , When we took him to the hospitial the Nurse said we could alter with Advil (childrens ) we would give him the advil then in 4 hours give him the tyenol it help him get the sleep he needed , but ask your local phamacy it helped our son we still do this when he gets a high fever .... I hope this helps you the worse thing is when they are sick good luck

Snigdha - posted on 11/05/2009

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My son also had same problem earlier but with the temperature that used to go till 105.0 after every 5-6 hrs. That time my doctor told to him Tylenol and Motrin alternately after every 4 hrs. But that didn't helped. Giving something cold to drink caused cough. So i put a wet cloth dipped in iced water, changing it after every 10 second. I do this for 10 minutes after every 2 hrs. That reduced the fever with no other side effects.

Kerri - posted on 11/05/2009

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Any time you aren't sure what do you, the best thing is to take your child to their doctor. I hope he feels better, I know it's scary when the little ones get sick for the first time.

Renee - posted on 11/05/2009

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My son also would get fevers for no reason, and I would use the above mentioned remedies. Sometimes the doctors just don't know for sure why kids spike fevers. I know it was genetic because his father got them when he was little, and would go into convulsions. My son fortunatly wouldn't get that bad, but his highest temp was 103.8, and the baths, motrin, popsicles, ect really helped. Good Luck!

Renee - posted on 11/05/2009

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A bath in tepid water helps too, make sure the water isn't too cold, but not real hot either, just warm enough that he doesn't shiver-also popsicles work too, you can mash it in a bowl and spoon feed it to him, my son loved it when he was sick, along with a cool washcloth to the forehead.

Alison - posted on 11/05/2009

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my son who is 13 months too had a fever just about 2 weeks back...the fever was between 101.5 - 104...I was alternating between tylenol and motrin too...When i took him to the doctor they checked him for a ear infection/ urine infection and finally gave him an antibiotic cause they could not see too well into the ear because of the wax. Please keep your little one well hydrated and alternate between the meds....

Kimberly - posted on 11/05/2009

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Alternate Tylenol with Ibuprofen. My kids have spiked 106 fevers with no other symptoms. The only thing that works is alternating these two meds. They are different so you can give Tylenol then 2 or 3 hours later give Ibuprofen. Good luck.

Iysha - posted on 11/05/2009

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My daughter had a fever for 4 days after shots =[...I just kept giving her tylenol every 4 hours and not covering her tightly and gave her a luke warm bath. For a one year old, have him drink plenty of liquids and try not to dress him in clothing that is too warm. If he has a bug, he needs electrolytes which can be replaced by drinking pedialac and he also needs lots of rest.

Carol - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hi, not to panic you, but some children can fit with high temperatures, so alternating between paracetamol & ibuprofen(England, not sure what you would call them!) is the best thing to do, if these stop working, then def return to your dr/ER, makes sure he is still drinking & keep him cool, if you still feel he's not right then take him back, you are his mother & you know him best!

Debbie - posted on 11/05/2009

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My little guy is 18 months and he has been running fevor continuesy now for four days between 100.6 and 103.8. I alternate every two hours motrine and tylenole. It has not been working. Nothing take the fevor any lower. He is very lethargic and he has bags under his eyes. The other night he votmited four times bless hi heart. I am so scared.

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Tylenol didnt help my son much either but infant motrin ALWAYS drops his temp to normal. When your one year old has a fever you can give him motrin every 6 to 8 hours and if he still has a fever or seem in pain you can alternate with tylenol since its every 4 hours.

Kylie - posted on 11/09/2009

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don't panic, if bottle feeding, make 3 up, and take him to the local hospital, prob, is teething, but better to be safe!!!

since your 1 year old has a fever nurses will give him a needle which will help. my 28 mth old did the same at 6 months!!!

note the temps down in your sons blue book.

good luck, prayign for you both!!!!!!

Nicole - posted on 11/09/2009

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If I was you I would take him to the hospital. It is not safe for your 1 year old to have a fever that high for so long. I would get him some pedialyte also to make sure he is hydrated as well. My daughter had this but it only lasted two days and she was fine. I havent heard anyone who had it last that long...better to be safe than sorry.

Yvette - posted on 11/07/2009

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U need to call the dr back and explain how long your one year old has had the fever so u can take him back in it maybe his is teething and that is causing a fever try motrin and rubbing his gum with a cold teething ring but definitely call the dr to be on the safe side the first day is to soon to see if something is developing

Whittney - posted on 11/07/2009

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Since your 1 year old has a fever you can give popsicles, (low sugar or sugar free).....they help lower the fever and kids like them!!

Michaela - posted on 11/07/2009

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He may have a UTI or bladder infection. There really are no other symptoms until it gets really bad. My son was running a fever just like yours with no other symptons. After about a week I noticed that his diapers were really full everytime I changed him. Otherwise, when your one year old has a fever, just alternate between Tylonel and Motrin. Give him lukewarm baths. Push lots of fluids. Keep his room cool and let him get lots of sleep.

Gloria - posted on 11/06/2009

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Sorry to hear that your one year old has a fever, I know most doctors recomend tylenol, for my own experience I know it doesnt work, try motrin instead, and give him warm baths every two hours, don't cover him to much, dress him with light cloths, and give him a lot of fluids. Hope he can feel better.

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