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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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.

Claire - posted on 11/05/2009

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not sure if this helps, I'm figuring tylenol is a paracetamol based drug? You can also give them ibuprofren, stagger the different medications every two hours, that way they don't get a high fever as each drug is wearing out. The hospital told us this when my son Oliver was poorly at 18 months. A warm shower also helps. get in with them, cuddling them while cooling down and just wrap them in a vest or naked if the house is warm enough.

Rayme - posted on 11/05/2009

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its possible that his molars are coming in. they are the most painful of all teeth to break threw. it could be gas as well. there is a homopathic quick dissolving tablet you can give and within a few minutes youll see a difference. it works for teething and gas. i cant' remember the name of it but its by the baby oral gel at the grocery store. good luck.

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First of all you should be swithing him to Advil or Motrin. They are saying that Tylenol should not be given to kids.... As long as he stay's under 104, it will work it's course and will settle. If it goes above, go straight to the hospital with him. If he likes it and is willing to eat it, try buying yogurt tubes and putting them in the freezer. They usually love it and keeps them happy, Helps to put something in his stomach also. Works great when they are teething also. Good luck with your son.

Danielle - posted on 11/05/2009

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It coudl also be He molars if she hasnt got them yet. My daughter woudl get HORRIBLE fevers everytime her molar was about to pop through. if she hasnt got a molar yet she is due for one. you could try rubbing tylnol or Motrin inher gum instead of having her swallow it. it helped my little one.

Danielle - posted on 11/05/2009

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You should take him back to the doctor now. it coudl be soemthing else. There is obvisoulsy a infection the body somewhere. My Daughter did this as well aboutthe same age. we thought it was a UTI but never did find out. but as soon as see got the medicne for it she did get better.

Ekta - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hi Jessie: Children's Motrin or Infants motrin works better than Tylenol. It also works for 8 hours and you can still give him tylenol every 4 if the temprature goes up. You will have to check with your pedatrician for dosage as that varies by weight. Keep him cool and hydrated. My daughter had over a 106 one time....its not fun! Good luck.

Maria - posted on 11/05/2009

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Urinary tract infection. my daughter had a fever with no other symptoms and it was a urinary tract infection. get him to a dr. asap for a second opinion. uti's are worse for children than adults.

Angie - posted on 11/05/2009

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to help control the fever better, you can alternate motrin and tylenol, both are good for 6-8 hours, but you can give him one every 3. Its hard to say what it is, my son had a fever like that for a few days when he was about 9 months old, it ended up being fifths disease (a normal childhood illness) but you don't know it until the rash shows up. the best thing you can do it watch closely and control his fever. If you aren't sure about what yoru doctor says, it never hurts to have him seen somewhere else.

Joanna - posted on 11/05/2009

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Try tepid baths and calpol. Sounds though like you ought to take him to the GP as he has had a temperature for a couple of days. There may be an underlying cause that needs treating.

April - posted on 11/05/2009

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With one that age I would check to see if he is teething, also, check for any type of rash, if he has a rash anywhere it is probably a viral infection. I would give him Motrin and Tylenol. You can alternate every 3 - 4 hrs and it should help keep the fever down. Hope this helps.



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?





 

Nashreen - posted on 11/04/2009

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i think u should take him to another doctor for a second opinion. usually babies with such high fever is admitted to hospital.

Jessica - posted on 11/04/2009

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The exact same thing happened to my little girl when she was 13 months just a month ago, I thought it was a bug too but it turned out to be 5 teeth pushing their way thru at once! the fevers lasted about 4 days and the grumpiness lasted a week and a bit. I used baby nurofen (australian?)which helped with fever and i just tried to keep her comfortable. But i did get a little overwhelmed by her mood at times becuase I didnt know it was teeth she never had trouble before or was ever sick before. Best to keep them away from other children while they are teething as they do pick up bugs straight away as their immune system is down coping with the teeth.

Brandi - posted on 11/04/2009

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Motrin is better than tylenol for bringing fevers down...at least that is what my doctor told me, and lots and lots of fluids!

Amy - posted on 11/04/2009

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I work in pediatrics and we have been seeing alot of this. It sounds like a virus but you do worry about the H1N1. I would just make sure he is hydrated, no dry chapped lips, moist mouth and urinating daily-that is more important than eating for a short period. I would just keep a close eye, alternate tylenol and motrin. Everything is based on weight to determine dose. Even if he does have a virus you do worry about secondary illness like ear infection etc. And we have seen secondary illness of the H1N1 like pneumonia. For babies things change quickly over night. If the high fever lingers on too many days or more symptoms develop than I would bring him back in for a re-check. :)

Veronica - posted on 11/04/2009

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Take him to the doc, my babies had the same thing last week, only fever and turned out we all had the swine flu... the doc will just give you tamiflu and send you on your way! :) Good luck... better safe than sorry w/ this flu going around!

Justis - posted on 11/04/2009

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NO MEDICINE!

Ask your pediatrician. There isn't any need to treat a temperature until it reaches over 103.5... and at that point is when you would need to be seen anyway.

A temperature is the way a body fights off the illness, if you continuously suppress the temperature you are just causing the bodies fight to be longer.

Push liquids, that is the biggest concern...other than that, get it out of your head that a temperature is a bad thing. Yeah, being ill stinks, but the temperature means the body is fighting!

Brandi - posted on 11/04/2009

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My daughter had the same problem about a year ago. She only ran her fever at night though. I waited a couple of days because she was fine during the day. Then I took her to the doctor. After several tests they determined it may have been a bladder infection because all they could find wrong was a very small detection of a bladder infection which can cause a fever. When you took him to the doctor the first day his illness may not have been detectable such as an ear infection. I would wait 1 or 2 more days and take him again. I was told once by an ER doctor that you don't run a fever for no reason. A fever is the body's way of fighting against illnesses.

Tifani - posted on 11/04/2009

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Oh no, well if there are no other symptoms then it may be he is getting his 1 yr old molars in. I suggest you get infant motrin, and that lasts for a good 6 to 8 hrs. If there are other symptoms cough, runny nose, sore throat, head ache, some or all of these I say see your pediatrician. But if it's just a runny nose and fever it could still be the molars and go with motrin for now and see if that helps.

Alisa - posted on 11/04/2009

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I can almost guarantee you that he has roseola, he probably broke out in a rash starting on his chest and then in other places, and by now his fever has subsided. This is a contagious rash, you can look it up on web.MD to find out more info. There's really not much you can do at this point, except maybe bathe in aveeno for possible itching. You can call doc and see if he can have some benedryl/ generic if itching is really bad. Next time he runs a high fever like that you can use children's liquid IB Profin and alternate between that and tylenol, it does better. Be aware that the IB Profin might last 6-8 hrs. instead of 4 like tylenol. Let me know if I was right.

Vanya - posted on 11/04/2009

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You might want to try to alternating the tylenol with motrin that will usually bring down a fever that won't go away and keep your baby comfortable.

User - posted on 11/04/2009

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Motrin is a God send. Wipes the fever right out. Put cool wash rags on her head and chest and plenty of fluids. If they don't want to drink, spoon feed a couple of spoonfuls every 10 mins or so. If teething, try the Teething Tablets along with everythings else. We just took my 4 yr old to the ER with a 102.6 fever. Nothing else wrong with her either. Just a temp. Doctors there said the H1N1 is nothing to be alarmed about (because I was). That's just a new flu that has a bunch of hipe from the media and the regular flu that people get every year is more dangerous than the swine flu. They said to not even trust that vaccine, not enough testing done on it. So please be aware.

Dawn - posted on 11/04/2009

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At about 10 months, my son had a similar experience, only his temp spiked to 104; at which point we took him to the ER. They did bloodwork and said he had a virus. As with your son he had no other symptoms. Check with your doctor about giving motrin along with the tylenol. With a fever that high, we were advised to give motrin every 6 hours with tylenol in between doses. Verify with your pediatrician regarding dosing as it is based on a weight scale. Good luck and I hope he feels better.

Kate CP - posted on 11/04/2009

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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.

Rebecca - posted on 11/04/2009

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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!

Karla - posted on 11/04/2009

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Lots of good advice from some of the comments I have read. I also say you have to sometimes be more forceful with doctors. My daughter always seems to get a fever when she is teething.
However, if he is running a temperature that high and it is still continuing after a few days, I say call the doctor and get him in. I would rather be on the safe side. I have had the "let it run its course" and I see that to a point and I go with my gut feeling.

I was also told then about giving the tylenol and motrin every 4-5 hours and that helped BUT we also had some medication the doctor had prescribed.

I hope your little one gets better.

Steffi - posted on 11/04/2009

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Not to worry you or be paranoid, you better get him to the doc asap. . . I have heard that one of the symptoms of swine flu is uncontrollable fever. On another note, I either had Swine Flu via this or there is just another something going around. I had a flu that just spiked w/o a warning. . I was fine, no belly, no head, no tired, no nothing. . . just hangin out watching tv and all of a sudden I felt a tiny achy and a big huge headache. . . I would say almost like a migraine, then I had a really high fever.. . . didn't seem to want to break. . . went on solid for like 24 hours, but then just went away. No nothing else with it, very wierd. If he has this bug, then I would say it would be gone by day 3 or ck it out. . . .if he has the bad headache, that could be why he's fussy. . . maybe try a cold or warm compress and help him hold his head snuggled in the crook of your arm. . .the only relief I got was from pressing my head into the pillow and holding it still. GOOD LUCK AND MUCH PRAYERS!!!!

Veronica - posted on 11/04/2009

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if fever lasts a day or two more, then call your doctor..sometimes a nurse can help you if the doctor can't get to you right away....dress your baby lightly putting cool rags on the back of his neck and forhead..giving him tylenol every 4-6 hours...write down the temp every time you check it!!

KI-KI - posted on 11/04/2009

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TRY MOTRIN THAT SOME TIMES HELPS WAY BETTER THAN TYLENOL.... BUT THE THING WITH MOTRIN ITS GOOD TO USE BUT YOU HAVE TO USE EVERY 6 HOURS. CANMT GIVE TO YOUR CHILD NO MORE THAN 3TIMES A DAY. IF YOU DO THEN BECAREFUL IT CAN AFFECT THE CHILD KIDNEYS. AND RUBBING THE CHILD DOWN WITH RUBBING ALCOHOL HELPS TOO.

Rebecca - posted on 11/04/2009

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a high (100+ up) fever should never go more than 5 days before you take them to the hospital. My kids always have a fever when they are teething, I strip my son down to a onesie, and give him a luke-warm bath.
There are great homeopathic teething tablets by "Hyland" brand,and a great gum numbing gel called "little teethers"
Some kids like to have those frozen water-filled teething toys-mine hate them-so a great idea is to give them a damp wash cloth that's been in the fridge or freezer.

Jackie - posted on 11/04/2009

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My baby just recently got over a fever. It is the worst possible thing they can go through. My son would not sleep unless he was in my arms. It was really difficult. I completely feel for you. Tylenol did not work well for me so I used baby motrin. It worked really well and my son would sleep right after having it. I also left him in his onsie and a light pair of socks. Don't over clothe him. My son's fever lasted for two days and finally went away. Keep giving him the motrin and tylenol every four hours. I really hope things get better soon.

Nancy - posted on 11/04/2009

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Get a wash cloth put some rubbing alcohol on it and put on the back of his neck. I always did this with my son and it worked.

Vesteen - posted on 11/04/2009

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Did he recently have his shots? (1 yesr shots). I would watch closely for seizures or other symptoms. My son, when he got either his 4 month or 6 month shots, got a fever and acted listless. Keep on your doctor, or switch and get a second opinion. If fever hasn't subsided by now, you proabably have already taken him in. I heard vitamin D3 is a better fever reducer/antibiotic than the pharmaceutical stuff. But haven't researched it fuly yet. Parenting is tough when your little one is sick. Hope he feels better soon!

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Make sure he is drinking cold water and urinating and watch the baby closely. When my son had a fever this is what I did and monitored his temperature every hour if it went down I kept giving fluids if it went up more then I call the doctor at his home and be advised to take him to the ER.

Debbie - posted on 11/04/2009

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My granddaughter was like that for 1 1/2 always a cold and fever. They found her immune system very low. I know it's hard to get young children to eat right to build the immune system. We changed her vitamin and she has been doing great since. I believe in a good vitamin today it really helps build there immune system....

Rits - posted on 11/04/2009

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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?



I think you should see a pediatrician if your baby has more than 2 days with fever.



Hope he gets well soon.



Marianne

Jessie - posted on 11/04/2009

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yeah no rash yet all we can do is just wait it out and make sure hes getting fluids,other then that all the doctor will do is just send us right back home :(

Jen - posted on 11/04/2009

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My son had roseola too - 3-4 days of high fever w/no other symptoms, and then the rash appeared. His eyes were swollen too. Once the rash appeared his fever dropped and a few days later he was good as new. It's scary when they only have a fever and nothing else. I hope he's better soon!

Jessie - posted on 11/04/2009

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ty all so much it seems to be his teeth still no other symptoms today, just lots of slobbering hehe motrin is helping tons! ty ty ty!

Amber - posted on 11/04/2009

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Motrin works for my kids. You'll have to check with your doc to find out how much to give him but that seems to help with the fever better than Tylenol.

Emily - posted on 11/04/2009

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You need to take him back to the doctor if the fever persists.  He could have the flu, your baby can't tell you if he feels nauseous or headachy or tired.  My doc said bring him in with any fever over 102.  In the meantime, lots of rest, fluids, etc...   Hope he feels well soon, Emily RN  PS  Teething can also cause fever.

Kristina - posted on 11/04/2009

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From what you are explaining, I wouldn't be concerned about H1N1. Just alternate between motrin and tylenol. Also make sure that he is getting lots of fluids, so that he doesn't become dehydrated. If he starts having difficulty breathing or you are unable to control the fever by alternating Tylenol and Motrin, I would contact your doctor again.

Marlene - posted on 11/04/2009

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I was wondering if he is teething? I know that used to be with my son when he was sick with a fever. Sometimes it goes into their ears. He was always teething. check his teeth. otherwise I would put a cool wash cloth on him and light clothing. Dont over dress him. It seems like thats the only time my son would get sick is when he was teething. If that doesnt help or you alreadyl haven't done that then check with another dr.

Jill - posted on 11/04/2009

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our kids dr advised us to give motrin and tylenol at the same time. They are 2 different types of pain meds so it is safe to do so. Tylenol is given every 4 hours and motrin every 6 hrs. So only the 1st dose is given at the same time. We've had good luck with this. Your little one may be getting teeth or flu like symptoms. Good luck

Debbie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Take him back to the doctor if it has been more than 2 days. No reason to take chances...

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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.

User - 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.

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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