My 13-month-old is getting her eye-teeth and molars in and she has had high fevers (103-104) for the past few days. I brought her to the ER and am following their regiman (tylenol and motrin) but she won't drink ANYTHING except for a little bit of water. Any suggestions on getting her to get fluids? She's only had 2 wet diapers per day for the past few days . . .

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Consuelo - posted on 01/07/2009

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Hello everyone. Again, thanks for the feedback. This morning, Baby Jaxon awoke with no fever and is mysteriously drinking milk like nothing was ever wrong . . . I appreciate your good thoughts and suggestions.

Judy - posted on 01/07/2009

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popsicles.  I know it may be cold outside and this seems rather odd, but when my kids are sick and they won't eat or drink anything, I give them popsicles.  You can buy natural ones at Whole foods, Trader Joe's and various other natural food stores.  Also, I think there are pops you can buy in the baby section of your grocery that you give babies that are dehydrated.that contain electrytes.

Bobbi - posted on 01/06/2009

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When my son had a fever that high and wouldn't drink it took several trips to emergency before they looked in his mouth to find blisters.  I can't remember what it is called, but it's common in children.  He wouldn't drink juice because it stung his mouth.  I would check the inside of her mouth just to rule this out.  It's nothing serious, but that seems like a high fever for just teething to me.

Jaimie - posted on 01/06/2009

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Wow, that is scary. I've been there myself several times. See if you can get her to suck on a popsicle. They have elctrolytes in them, plus they are sweet so she might like it. Also there's Pedialyte, but popsicles are basically the same thing and alot cheeper.

Jasmine - posted on 01/06/2009

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if she holds stuff down try apple sauce, thats what they told me to give my son.

Bailey - posted on 01/06/2009

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have you tried giving her any pediasure or pedialite? IF she'll drink some it'll at least keep her hydrated.

Amy - posted on 01/06/2009

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Have you tried making it more fun? How about a straw, have a race drinking it, give her ice cubes to hold and suck on, just watch her close. Freeze pops are great -if it is too cold to hold have a paper towel around it. best of luck!! hope something works/

Stacey - posted on 01/06/2009

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The best way to go is to let her sip any liquid you can get down her, even if it's Sprite. If she won't willingly drink, a dropper will help. If she is still running the high fever, I would take her back in to the ER for blood work, she more than likely has a bad infection somewhere, most common for girls is a bladder infection. She will probably need an IV and some fluids. I've been there myself and it is horrible to have done to your child, but not to do it will ultimately lead to something worse.



Hope this helps,

Mom of four and RN

Christi - posted on 01/06/2009

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if you put a child in a warm bath they will absorb the fluid through their skin, which will help prevent dehydration. good luck.

Mimi - posted on 01/06/2009

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yes i do have a reply for u... there is something called electrolytes its a juice for kids that are 2 years old.. DO NOT GIVE HER THE WHOLE THING.. take a small syringe and fill it to half every 10 min give her a sp.. it will make her feel better and it will get her to drink more later.. DO NOT FORCE HER TO DRINK... shell get more sick.. hope that answers your question..

Melissa - posted on 01/06/2009

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Holy crap...I just started a conversation about my kiddo with a fever who won't drink any liquids...maybe he's getting his molars, too! Crazy...I hadn't even thought of this. Thanks for posting.

Beth - posted on 01/06/2009

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When mine wouldn't drink I would give them lots of their favorite flavored popsicles.  The cold also helped numb the gums.

Carol - posted on 01/06/2009

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Have you taken your daughter to the pediatrician already?  Sometimes their resistancy to other illnesses is lowered because of cutting new teeth.  If this is all it is, than try sugar free popsicles, Pedialite, and other liquids which aren't too loaded with any corn syrups, etc.  Juices which are sugar free or low sugar aren't bad, maybe just dilute them with some purified water.  Hope she feels better soon, and gets those molars cut through soon.

Consuelo - posted on 01/06/2009

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Wow! Thanks for all the help :) When I brought her in, they weren't sure that it was associated with teething and they really didn't know what it was - even her pediatrician! But, I'll try the pops and the fruit juices, maybe even using a dropper. It's kind of weird that my baby Jaxon doesn't like juices and I think this is some of the issue . . . but thanks again, I really appreciate your outpouring of suggestions and help! She'll be with her Grandma at home tomorrow and hopefully is feeling better - she is quite chipper though. I'll keep you all posted . . . have a great evening with your little ones!



Consuelo

Linda - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi there, they have sugar free small mr.freezies now . buy a box about $4. , let her go nuts on them.

Linda - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi there, they have sugar free small mr.freezies now . buy a box about $4. , let her go nuts on them.

Martha - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi Consuelo,  Wow that is a really high fever.  Fevers that high are not associated with teething.  Sometimes when an infection is just starting the doctors miss it.   Also fevers that high can easily dehydrate (only 2 wet diapers) a 13 month old.  I would be careful and think about taking her to the ER again today to be checked out for infection and dehydration.  Good luck.  Martha

Shannon - posted on 01/06/2009

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Poposicles work well!  My kids won't eat the pedialyte pops but you can try those, but also pick up some regular popsicles!

User - posted on 01/06/2009

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mine are fine now they are 6 and 5 just got slight attitude problem 6 going on 16! buit we will get there in the end! thanks for the reply though

Tanya - posted on 01/06/2009

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i had a similar problem years ago with my youngest daughter...i ended up wetting a fash washer putting it in the freezer & once frozen giving it 2 my daughter...the coldness of it helped numb her gums, it was was easy for her to bite down on without hurting her & she got sum fluids from sucking on it...just make sure that the face washer is non toxic obviously & there are no stringy bits hanging from it...anything is worth a try....or my other suggestion is like sum of the other mums try icy poles...at least it is sum form of fluid...good luck

Kerri - posted on 01/06/2009

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My daughter did the same thing but she was also vomiting. To get her some fluids, they told me to just give her an ounce or so about every 15 min. until she started wanting to drink. Only problem was, she wouldn't even drink that. I used a baby medicine syringe to feed her a few ml at a time about every 5 or 10 minutes. Finally, after about 30 minutes she was drinking on her own. She wouldn't take water or pedialyte so I used gator aid. The Dr said it was fine to use (she did with her daughter) and she liked it much better. I hope this helps and that your little one feels better.

User - posted on 01/06/2009

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i found if you squeeze the juice from an orange and dilute it they seem to drink it because its sweet but not too bad for them. it always worked for me

Brianne - posted on 01/06/2009

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My Nana gave me the best sugestion I ever got. Make Jello but dont let it harden just let it cool a bit.. put it in a bottle or sippie cup warm and let tem drink liquid jello. I know it sounds gross bot its hydrating and it helps with upset tummys. If she is starting to get runny poop remember the old B.R.A.T saying Bananas. Rice. Apples. Toast.



Good Luck!!

Nikki - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hello, They they have these frozen electrolyte ice-pops. They taste good and provide the liquids she needs. Plus they think its fun

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I KNOW THAT MY DAUGHTER IS GETTING HER MOLARS AND TOP TWO FRONT TEETH AND SHE LIKES HER WATER OR JUICE VERY VERY VERY COLD, AND WITH THE SIPPIE CUPS THAT HAVE THE SOFT NOZZLE.  THAT WAY SHE CAN CHEW ON THE COLD MOUTH PIECE AND GET SOMETHING TO DRINK.  USUALLY WHEN SHE GETS LIKE YOUR CHILD NOTHING SOOTHES HER UNTIL IT PASSES EXCEPT LOTS AND LOTS OF LOVE, AND A SOFT MOUTH PIECE ON THE SIPPIE CUP. FOR THE FEVER, TRY A LUKE WARM (ON THE COLDER SIDE) BATH.  OR EVEN A WARM BATH WITH TOYS AND GENTLE MUSIC WITH THE JOHNSONS NIGHTIME BABY BATH SOAP.  AT LEAST IT WILL CALM THE BABY WHICH ALWAYS HELPS KEEP A FEVER DOWN.  WHEN THEY'RE REALLY UPSET IT MAKES THE FEVER RISE.  GOOD LUCK

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I KNOW THAT MY DAUGHTER IS GETTING HER MOLARS AND TOP TWO FRONT TEETH AND SHE LIKES HER WATER OR JUICE VERY VERY VERY COLD, AND WITH THE SIPPIE CUPS THAT HAVE THE SOFT NOZZLE.  THAT WAY SHE CAN CHEW ON THE COLD MOUTH PIECE AND GET SOMETHING TO DRINK.  USUALLY WHEN SHE GETS LIKE YOUR CHILD NOTHING SOOTHES HER UNTIL IT PASSES EXCEPT LOTS AND LOTS OF LOVE, AND A SOFT MOUTH PIECE ON THE SIPPIE CUP. FOR THE FEVER, TRY A LUKE WARM (ON THE COLDER SIDE) BATH.  OR EVEN A WARM BATH WITH TOYS AND GENTLE MUSIC WITH THE JOHNSONS NIGHTIME BABY BATH SOAP.  AT LEAST IT WILL CALM THE BABY WHICH ALWAYS HELPS KEEP A FEVER DOWN.  WHEN THEY'RE REALLY UPSET IT MAKES THE FEVER RISE.  GOOD LUCK

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2009

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I agree about the popsicles. You can make your own with diluted juice, pedialyte, or sports drinks- your doc my have a preference. You can use ice cube trays, fun shaped ice cube trays or any of the tons of home popsicle making molds. The cold of the popsicle will also help numb some of the teething pain. A good teether for older children with teeth is to dampen a washcloth and freeze it. They can chew on it as it defrosts without worry of breaking a teether with liquid in it. Look for other ways to hydrate your child also. Foods such as fruit and soups contain fluids that can help hydrate if you child will tolerate them. Godo luck!

Mary Anne - posted on 01/06/2009

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I think that's a really high fever for teething. Are you sure there's not something else going on? Popsicles are a great idea tho. Good luck!

Ursula - posted on 01/06/2009

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I think popsicles are the way to go.  If she cannot manage a popsicle, just chop it up into little, little pieces in a bowl and spoon feed it to her.  The cold will feel good on her gums, rather than just sucking/licking the popsicle.  I know Pedialyte has popsicles too, they would be in your grocery store baby section, you bring them home and put them in the freezer.  Teething is really not very fun, thank goodness we can't remember the pain.   My little ones also liked gumming frozen bagels, they could never really bite off a chunk too big, but I still kept a close eye on them.

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi, my 12 mo. old daughter just had a bad stomach flu and we were very worried about dehydration.. i would give her a couple of tablespoons of pedialyte or breastmilk in a seringe every 15 minutes.. it did the trick.. i learned through this that if you squeeze the tip of her finger - you should see the blood flow back within 2 sec.. if not, she is dehydrated and go to the er for iv fluids right away.. you should have closer to 3 wet diapers per day so just watch carefully.. it sucks for sure.. but remember this to shall pass.

Paulette - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi Consuelo,



Pedialyte of course has a drink for babies so they do not get dehydrated. But they also have freeze pops too. You could take ice cubes and make ice chips so they melt faster in her mouth too. Maybe add juice and water together in an ice tray to make ice cubes, even make ice chips out of them too. You could do this with the gatorade too. Wetting a wash cloth and freezing it so you daughter can suck on it.

Jax - posted on 01/06/2009

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Boots used to do a range of baby powders to make water flavoured but still good for their new teeth. this may help

Aliza - posted on 01/06/2009

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A popcicle may help sometimes the cold sweetness helps them want to suck on it.  Diluted applejuice  also has helped my kids. Good luck!

Chloe - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi there, im a nurse in australia, usually my 3 year old wont drink anything that tasts sus....lol so yeah i usually give her her medication in either something like gstorade or prune juice watered down or something like that since its still sweet and good for them any way. :) poor lil thing :) xx

Angela - posted on 01/06/2009

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When my 22month old daughter gets sick she refuses to drink anything too. You will have to check with your daughters doctor but pedialite works well to with keeping kids hydrated. Its more flavored like juice so, at least my daughter was more likely to drink it over water. Its similar to gatorade. My doctor reccomended it when she was getting her teeth it worked well.

Christie - posted on 01/06/2009

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best thing that worked for my son when he was getting his eye teeth was stuff called hurricane gel. You can only get it from CVS and Walgreen dunno if you have that around you. And you have to ask a pharmasist for it. Good luck. i agree with the other moms try gatorade, and ice pops.

Amanda - posted on 01/06/2009

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Have you tried things like pedialite or Gaterade? My son will drink these since there are slightly sweet - plus they have the elcetrolites thier bodies need. Fluids are the most importatnt thing!



Good Luck!

Dana - posted on 01/06/2009

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i just have a suggestion, have you tried giving her some gatorade?  it tastes more like juice so kids tend to drink it better and it will help to make sure she does not get dehydrated!  i give my kids gatorade at the first sign of sickness, they like it better than pedialyte!  another suggestion if she wont drink from a cup or sippie or bottle the try giving her some in one of those medicine droppers so she wont have to suck which can be hard when they are teething.  hope this helps!

User - posted on 01/06/2009

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hi try giving the baby freeze pops or u may call them ice pops so she can suck them to get the fluid and also as they are frozen it may help to numb the teeth  and gums for a while or the juice off fruit such as orange or pear juice from canned fruit  im not sure if this will help but anything is worth a try i guess good luck

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