my 9 month old has a 101.9 fever what should i do?

Wendi - posted on 07/20/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old has a fever of 101.9 i was told to keep her cool and hydrated and if she's still running a fever in 3 days then take her back to the doctors. Is that right?

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Lisa - posted on 09/24/2012

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ijust got off the phone with my pediatrician. My 8 month old has 102.2 temp. She told me the exact same thing. She said dont pay so much attention to the numbers, but go by how the baby is acting.

Sally - posted on 07/22/2011

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A fever is scary, but it is a GOOD thing. It is proof that her body is killing germs. As long as she has no other symptoms of a dangerous illness (lethargy, pain, trouble breathing, etc.), letting the fever do it's job is the best way to get her healthy again.
Good luck

Kathy - posted on 07/29/2011

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Typical normal advice
A baby that young therostat is under developed so it can be radical
Also a certain temp helps to burn out the infection thus refrains from giving an antbiotic which kills good and bad bacteria
Cool tempid baths work well

Sherri - posted on 07/23/2011

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Hope your little one is feeling better, poor thing. There has definitely been some great advice, and I'll add my own trick as well. When my son (now 3) spikes a high fever, say above 102.5, I follow my doctor's suggestion to use a combination of Tylenol and Motrin - one dose every three hours, alternating which one you use. Since your daughter is over 6 months old, Motrin is safe for her.

I hope no one has scared you too badly by talking about convulsions. What they're talking about are febrile seizures, and they can happen when body temperature changes too rapidly. That's one of the reasons you don't use cold water to cool off a feverish person. The other reason is that the cold water will make them shiver, which can actually drive the body's temperature up.

It's definitely scary when your kid has a fever, particularly when they're so small and can't communicate their needs as effectively. Always remember that pediatricians are there for you night and day, and if you have a question or concern don't hesitate to call. Don't worry about being "that crazy mom." They knew it was part of the job when they signed on.

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Kathy - posted on 07/29/2011

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Yes
Typical normal advice
A baby that young therostat is under developed so it can be radical
Also a certain temp helps to burn out the infection thus refrains from giving an antbiotic which kills good and bad bacteria
Cool tempid baths work well

Kathy - posted on 07/29/2011

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Yes
Typical normal advice
A baby that young therostat is under developed so it can be radical
Also a certain temp helps to burn out the infection thus refrains from giving an antbiotic which kills good and bad bacteria
Cool tempid baths work well

Maya - posted on 07/24/2011

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1- I hope your baby is doing better
2- The temp is not the most important factor, as many said above follow your instinct. If the baby is not acting normally and you can't get her comfortable it is usually not a good sign.
3- Do not use tylenol and ibuprofen together. Use one and if it does not work then use the other. If none work call your doctor. It is recommended to bring the temperature down to keep your baby more comfortable and to prevent seizures.

Chela - posted on 07/24/2011

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Go with your intuition as a mother and listen to and watch your child. That is the best advice I can give!

Jade - posted on 07/23/2011

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The highest temperature I have seen ina child was my daughter who temp was 109.

Best advice I can give is to keep her cool but not cold. Tepid baths are ok, removing some of her clothes, light bed covers, plenty of cool drinks, light food.

Teri - posted on 07/22/2011

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When my youngest daughter was little she had an high fever and I called the ER and spoke to an head nurse for pediactric and she told me what ever you do DON NOT PUT IN A TUB OF COLD WATER TO COOL HER off because she could go into convulsions. She asked if I had a spray bottles and magazines just spray her with the water bottle and fan her with the magazine, and take off her socks. I did what she said and her fever broke the next evening. I just kept spraying her every 3 to 4 hours. I hope this help you.

Colleen - posted on 07/22/2011

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no reason to panic. 102 really isnt that high for a child. 104-105 is when you worry. Also, in trying to keep her cool, careful not to chill her like with a cool bath, etc. This can actually cause her to spike an even higher fever completely unrelated to the initial cause. Just keep her close and comforted and give her plenty of fluids, popsicles, etc. to help her through it. If your doc approves giving her tylenol or advil, that will help keep the fever down and help with aches and pains. Hope she feels better soon.

Debbie - posted on 07/22/2011

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I'm still raising five boys and have found many useful and natural remedies that are very helpful in lowering the temp to my personal "comfort level" so the body can still build its immunity! I have played the "hot/cold" game, sticking both their feet in a pan of cold water for as long as they will stand there and switching them to a pan of hot water and back and forth. I have massaged their feet with virgin olive oil and added a drop of DoTERRA's certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil of peppermint and the results are within minutes! Far quicker and, for me, more safe and reliable than using an OTC med.
Debbie @ cmfrtdyn@comcast.net

Debbie - posted on 07/22/2011

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Joanbezuidenhout - posted on 07/22/2011

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I am sorry about your 9 month old has such a high fever - I would not hesitate taking her to the Doctor - I took no chances with my babies - rather safe than sorry. All the
best and pray her temperature is sorted out asap. God bless - Joan

Shoshannah - posted on 07/22/2011

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That is actually good advice. Babies tend to run higher fevers, no clue why, but dont start getting nervous til it reaches about 104.1 and you cant get it to go down. Also make sure you dont try to wrap your baby up. Like the advice given to you, just keep baby cool and most important, hydrated. Little sips of water will do wonders with that. Also, switch between tylenol and motrin. When its time for new dose of med, give the other one and continue to do that. You can also put cool rag on babies forehead. And of course, lots of mommy love... :-) good luck and hope your baby gets better soon.

Janessa - posted on 07/22/2011

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I've always followed the rule that if it get's too high, or stays too long, more than 3 days, then I will take them in, I've never taken them in, and I've always been glad. For a couple of reasons, it is usually a virus which you can't do much about anyways, except some doctors will prescribe something anyways just too make you feel better, and then if you take them to the ER or anything like that they will run a whole bunch of tests that are usually not necessary, when all that poor baby needed was sleep to help fight off the infection. The only time a fever is dangerous is when it is too high, then there might be a real problem. Also I am a witness to the fact that giving them tylenol and motrin can prolong it. My 2 year old get's febrile seizures and so I always have to give him tylenol or motrin when he has a fever, and he ends up being sick for a lot longer than my others. I don't give them anything unless they are having trouble sleeping. The fever is part of the bodies way of fighting that infection. Hope that helps.

Kathy - posted on 07/20/2011

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101.9 is considered low grade fever some fever is beneficial to the body to kill infection Keep hydrated

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That advice sounds right. I'm certainly no doctor, but if that's the advice you received FROM her doctor... I'd go w/ it. My kids have had several fevers in that range and higher at various points in their lives.

At that temp.... I'd try to let it run it's course. Any higher and I'd medicate. I'd also medicate at night even at that temp so that she can sleep better. A cool, damp cloth on the forehead (if she'll let you keep it there) can help her feel better and bring the temp down a little.

Without an underlying fever related issue that temp isn't dangerous at that age, but it would still make me a tad nervous (and has). Hang in there and I hope she's better soon.

Cynthia - posted on 07/20/2011

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I know it always makes me nervous when my kids have a temp! My dr always told me that it's best just to let it run it's course, supplementing tylenol, etc can drag it out longer, because it doesn't fix it, just masks theproblem, but he wasn't the one sitting there with a sick baby! If you give Tylenol and it doesn't work, you can also give infant motrin. It is totally different than tylenol so you can give them together. I know a mom that has 6 kids told me that trick because her little boy never responded to just tylenol. Also in the pharmacy section of most stores is a line of products called "Little Remedies" they have a product called "little fevers" it's a cloth with some natural things in it that you just wipe their forehead with and it brings the fever down. I know my MIL always tried to wipe my kids down with a cold cloth to bring it down, but that's actually very dangerous because it can actually send their body into shock. You could also try getting a warm bath with her. I know warm isn't the way you think to get a fever down, but water is a natural coolant so even though it feels warm, which will keep it from shocking her system, but it may work welll to bring the temp down! Good luck! Hope she feels better soon!

Shannintipton - posted on 07/20/2011

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Dont panic. yes they have a higher tolerance for fevers. the fever means her body is fighting off an infection. i think you are doing the right thing. but if you are concerned there are phone numbers you can call i am sure. call your ped. with our insurance for the kids it came with a nurse hot line you could call if it was after hours too.

my daughter ended up in the er but only after it got to 104. not to de-men-ish what you are going threw, but you have wiggle room there. again if you are that concerned call your doctor. good luck.

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