Eight year old with 104 temperature

Raminder - posted on 02/06/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My eight year old daughter's been having a temperature of 101-104 all day. I been giving her Motrin every four hours and put cold compresses on her head, but its not going away. What should i do? Do i take her to the ER or wait till tomorrow?

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Kelly - posted on 02/07/2011

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Tylenol and Motrin together, no big blankets, light clothing, this should work within an hour... ER... waste of time unless over 104....

Laura - posted on 02/08/2011

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hOPE ALL IS WELL TODAY. REMEMBER YOU CANNOT REALLY GO BY A SET DEGREE FOR EVERYONE. ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN IT DEPENDS WHAT THERE NORMAL TEMP IS.BY THE WAY 98.6 IS NO LONGER CONSIDERED THE NORMAL TEMP.HIGH FEVERS CAN BE DANGEROUS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY HAVE HIGHS AND LOWS.AND SPIKE TO A HIGH AGAIN.YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CALL A DR OR HOSPITAL FOR ADVICE. NURSING SERVICES ARE NOT RELIABLE.CHILDREN ARE NOT LIKE US .THEY DO NOT HAVE THE IMMUNITY TO FIGHT INFECTION .SERIOUS THINGS CAN BE GOING ON WITH FEVER (LIKE MENINGITIS)AND THE FEVER MAY BE THE ONLY SYMPTOM.ALWAYS ER ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION.HOPE ALL IS WELL.

Suraiya - posted on 02/08/2011

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both my boys 6 and 5 have had very high temperatures for 4 days, they were not given anything except panadol , we tried to cool them don with wet cloth. i live in Denmark btw

Raminder - posted on 02/07/2011

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Thank you so much for all your help everyone.

Simi's (my daughter) temp was going down every time i gave her a med, but after 1 1/2 or 2 it would come back up to 103-104.

After i posted my question here for you all wonderful ladies; i end up calling the advice nurse to ask if i should take her to ER, but the advice nurse told me not to do that unless her temp goes to 105 or more. Plus, there were no other symptoms; so the advice nurse wasn't too worried.

I was advice to give her a lukewarm bath for 20-30 minutes, 2 tsp Tylenol every four hours, keep putting cold compresses and just one layer clothes with a light blanket.
Plus, if her temp stays like this for 3 days; then i should take her to the doc or ER.

I have been doing all the above, but its still the same. Her temp goes down every time i give her the Tylenol, but it comes back after couple hours.

I'm still a little worried; since none of us never had a that high of temp, but hoping she gets better soon. I even sent my little one (10 months old) to my mother's house because i don't want him to catch whatever Simi has.

Thank you guys. You all are great.
Xoxo

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Leticia - posted on 11/30/2012

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Try a cold compress behind the neck, arm pits and inner thighs. If you are still worried, you should take her in, even if the advice nurse said not to. I hope your little girl gets better.

Bonnie - posted on 02/07/2011

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Her body could just be trying to recover from the high fever. As long as she is responsive to you and you are able to at least wake her even if she does go back to sleep, I don't think that you need to worry. My boys are both going through fevers that are high and then drop then go up again for the past few days.

Raminder - posted on 02/07/2011

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Okay now I'm getting little more worried. Her temp is 100-101, but she's been sleeping almost the whole day. I woke her up couple time and asked if she was feeling sick or worse and she said no, but goes back to sleep right away. Should i try waking her up or let her sleep?

Jennifer - posted on 02/07/2011

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My daughter has always gotten high temps. One time she was running around playing, laughing, and brushed up against me, and I could feel the heat comming from her. Her temp was 106.7! I took her to the er, but she just had an ear infection. Tylenol never helps her temps much, but alternating between tylenol and motrin works wonders. Give tylenol, wait three hours, then give motrin, wait three hours, then give tylenol again... you get the idea. That way you are only giving each drug every 6 hours, but there is always something in her system to keep it down. There is a virus that goes around, that causes a high temp for a day or 2 with no other symptoms, then three days later they break out in a rash. I can't remember what it is called, but I know it is very contagious and very common.

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Sorry. I assumed that the 101-104 was meaning that WITH meds it was dropping to 101 and when they were wearing off it was going back up to 104. If the meds aren't touching it... DEFINITELY go in, but if the meds are dropping it to 101.... then my original comments still stand.

Of course, my kids 'normal' fever temp is 103 when they are actually sick, so I'm used to high temps and don't even treat the fever if it's 102 or less (I may treat the OTHER symptoms, but not just the fever).

Kate CP - posted on 02/07/2011

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Teresa: Yea, but she's been treating it at home all day and it hasn't gone away.

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Damage doesn't start until the temp is over 106.... according to several doctors that I've heard from, at least.



Unless there is a history of febrile seizures or some other issue. The fever itself isn't damaging to a child of that age at 104.

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My kids have been up to 105 before, so I wouldn't bring her in for a 104 temp. As long as it goes down w/ meds.... I'd just wait it out.

Louise - posted on 02/07/2011

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Such a high temperature is a sign of infection and should be looked at. My daughter had a high temperature like this that dipped up and down and it turned out that she had an ear infection. Always best to get things checked out but for future reference you can give paracetamol and ibrubrophen as well as they can work together quicker to bring down a high temperature faster. Any thing over 103 can cause a child to fit so always always play safe and get to the bottom of what is causing it.

Sneaky - posted on 02/06/2011

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I should add for future reference - my doctor told me that if a temperature has not come down within about half an hour of giving the drugs then you take them to the doctor/hospital. I hope your daughter is alright.

Sneaky - posted on 02/06/2011

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I will assume I don't have to answer this because you are at the hospital . . . .

Tyrae - posted on 02/06/2011

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You can cook an egg at 104 degrees, so you can just imagine what is happening to her right now. Get her to the ER as soon as possible.

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