My daughter has been running a temp of 102.2 and doctors say don't administer medicine. What do I do? I haveb been giving her Motrin because I hate her being sick. Is there anything to make her feel comfortable while she is sick?

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Amanda - posted on 04/25/2009

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PLEASE DO NOT SUPRESS YOUR CHILD'S FEVER WITH MEDICATION! Fever is a HEALTHY response of the human body in order to keep microorganisms under control. Viruses and bacteria that cause fever do so because they thrive at normal body temperatures, your body knows this innately, and thus warms things up to keep it from getting out of control. Although you are well meaning, trying to make your daughter FEEL better, please understand that fever is the BEST defense your child has, and both tylenol and motrin are DANGEROUS drugs. Just because they are sold over the counter does not make them safe. As far as comfort measures, there have been actual studies showing that NURTURING from a child's mother makes them feel better than any other form of treatment (seems common sense to me, but I guess they can turn anything into a complicated scientific inquiry). Luke warm bath if necessary If the fever spikes. Also, febrile convulsions are an uncommon natural response of the body, and do not cause permanent damage. The major danger when dealing with fever is dehydration, so push the FLUIDS and just give lots of TLC.

Heather - posted on 04/23/2009

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My daughter ran a fever of 102 for days. I took her to two different doctors. They both told me it was some virus that needed to run its course. They told me to give her children's ibuprofen to control the fever and help her rest. Day five and the third office visit, pneumonia was finally diagnosed and antibiotics were initiated. The point is not to take the opinion as gospel if the symptoms persist, continue to advocate on behalf of your child. Your the only voice they have.

Marie - posted on 04/25/2009

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My doc said to to give my son any meds for a fever and it was the WORSE possible advice I had ever had. He got a febrirl seizure and was hospitalized. Now anytime he could go into a seizure with out warring, as a start of a fever. It was the most terrifing experience I have ever had, and I WISHED I had given him motrin/tylenol before to prevent his seizure. Luckly though, febril seizures will "out grow" them by age 5 or 6. He's 2 now. Don't let this happen to you! All kids bodies process a rise in body temp differently, but how do you know if yours is the one like mine? By the way, my 1st son has had fevers too and never a seizure, so you just never know. Also a luke warm bath or wash cloth, no cold bath-that may send them into shock.

Jasmin - posted on 04/26/2009

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Alternate Tylenol and Motrin per dosage instructions. For instance if it says to give tylenol every 4 hours, give motrin every 6 to 8 hours. My pediatrician recommended this a few years ago and it has worked everytime. Also, cool baths help, light clothing, maybe a popsicle.

Jasmin - posted on 04/26/2009

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Alternate Tylenol and Motrin per dosage instructions. For instance if it says to give tylenol every 4 hours, give motrin every 6 to 8 hours. My pediatrician recommended this a few years ago and it has worked everytime. Also, cool baths help, light clothing, maybe a popsicle.

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Jennifer - posted on 02/27/2012

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Children's Advil always works for my daughters fever, matter of fact she just woke up with a temp of 103 and I immediately gave her 1 tsp of the children's Advil within 15 min her fever was gone and Shes back to sleeping.

Belinda - posted on 04/26/2009

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i am a huge fan of natural. peppermint oil works for my babies and the only time that it didnt was when my daughter had an ear infection, has the dr checked for that?

Misty - posted on 04/26/2009

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How old is she? My Doctor has told me that I can alternate Tylenol (every 4 hrs)and motrin (every 6) they won't get to much of one medicine but it will help keep the fever down. Also... Keep her lightly dressed and cool baths help too. If she is really latharjic and not eating right, take her to the ER.

Lisa - posted on 04/26/2009

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Lots of fluids. The cool bath is a good idea too. I have a son who will not take anything and he is 12 now. The doc says push the fluids. The last time he ran a high temp it went away within 3-4 days, just like the doc said it would.

Haley - posted on 04/26/2009

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Why dont the docs want her to have meds? While I know kids can run a higher temperature than adults, that is still pretty high. My son had a 103.5 one time and the docs told us that we should rotate between motrin and tylonal every 4 hours, keep a log of his temperature at least every 4 hours, if temp was above 101.5 give him cold baths every 4 hours, and if his temp raised or didnt go down at all while doing all this bring him into the ER. Hope she feels better!!



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Lisa Amal - posted on 04/26/2009

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I've never heard that you shouldn't give a baby fever reducer when they have one. When it is that high I alternate between Motrin and Tylenol every 3 hours.

Carol - posted on 04/26/2009

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Doctors don't like to prescribe meds for children because it weakens their immune system. However, there is nothing wrong with giving Children's Motrin, Children's Ibuprofen or Children's Tylenol. Stuff you get over the counter is not the same as an antibiotic or other prescription med. This will bring the fever down and make the child more comfy. A cool wet rag on the forehead, rest and clear liquids such as water, sprite, seven up or pediasure would be good. A cool bath can help.

Chandra - posted on 04/26/2009

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Quoting Shamera:

My boys Doc. told me to alt. tylenol and motrin every 2hrs. I also put them in a luc- warm bath until you can feel them cooling off. Keep them in light clothing and make them drink lots of liquids (room temp.) Good luck


I agree with the luke warm. My son was alway running a 103 to 106 and docs did nothing. He went to the hospital with 106, convulsing then stopped breathing. The high temps constantly were not good. A cold bath or wash cloth will make it worse . You start off by putting a rag around the back of the neck that is just a bit cooler than they are. You gradualy get the clothes cooler.



Think about the beach. If the water is extremely cold and you are normal temp, you walk in up to your waist and have cold convulsions. Its cuz the water is much colder than you should be in that fast. That's what happens with a baby but they are more delicate.



Childrens tylenol is ok sometimes. They say it cuts temps but realy its for pain and discomfort. Pedia lite is the best.



I hope this helps

Marie - posted on 04/25/2009

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I was also told every 2 hrs with both tylenol and motrin combo, to prevent another febril seizure. I think normaly, for a mid low grade sickness the 4 hr thing, but if they have had a seisure, every 2 hrs.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/25/2009

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A fever is a body's natural defence against a virus. Antibiotics don't work on a virus so basically unless it is bacterial or the child's temp goes to 103 they just seem to treat it symptomatically. In the past I have let my daughter's run its course as long as she is not vomiting, having diarrhea, or headaches. We treat colds with decongestants and if she gets a headache from a fever then tylenol or motrin but that really does not happen very often. I just make sure she stays hydrated and as comfortable as possible.

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Just tying to get this quote thing to work. My middle son took febrile seizures and I was instructed to give him at alternating times Tylenol then Motrin. Every two hours administiring one or the other of the meds. This was the only thing that would break his fevers. With out this intervention we would end up in the ER with a seizure. Sometimes the risk of treating the child with meds is better than not. This meds schedule will not over dose them as both medications are different and they are not getting Tylenol more that ever 4 hours and Motrin more that every 4 hours. You just have to chart the doses and times to make sure you do not give another dose of the previous meds you administed.

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Quoting Shamera:

My boys Doc. told me to alt. tylenol and motrin every 2hrs. I also put them in a luc- warm bath until you can feel them cooling off. Keep them in light clothing and make them drink lots of liquids (room temp.) Good luck





i am so sorry, but you can only give Tylenol every four to six hours and motrin every six to eight hours.  You should not give both at the same time unless directed by a doctor at that time and giving it more frequently than recommended will cause permanent liver and kidney damage.  





 

Tish - posted on 04/25/2009

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What my childs doctor reccommends is this, one, you need to use two different medications, such as motrin and advil or tylenol, rotate them each dose, that helps keep the lil buggers inside them from getting immune to one medication.

two a luke warm bath, not warm or hot or cold, but a lil warm and a lil cold.

keep baby as naked as possible at all times, such as only a diaper, no blankets either.

Sendy - posted on 04/25/2009

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if you want aside from giving mortin and tylenol try having sleep in just her underwear in other the less clothes the better no sheets and put two wet compresses of cold water on her under arms when my daughter was hospitalized after they realized medicine wasnt doing it they put cold compresses to get her temp down try that its natural and it works

Kristen - posted on 04/25/2009

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Greetings, I'm a mother of 3...I would like to extend to you a little advise :-). Please do not panic when you child gets a fever. It is just an indication that the child is missing something (dehydrated), possible onset of a slight illness (flu) or something minor. First thing you should do is to get the child to drink plenty of water (preferred) and or beverages (non carbonated)...this is very important. 102 is considered a low grade fever...giving meds too soon could be harmful. If there are no other symtoms (vomiting, or the runs) then you need not worry. Home treatment like placing the baby in the bathtub helps as well. They love the water and it calms both you and the baby as it slowly returns the temp to normal. Remember to check it to make sure the response is good. Also...the baby will show signs of improvement. Smile :-) wishing you and yours the best--God Bless

Donica - posted on 04/25/2009

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I am an LVN and you need to increase fluids as much as possible, you can also do cold compresses 15 min on and 15 min off.

Di - posted on 04/25/2009

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i was once told by a doctor to put them in a bath with vinigar to get the temp down

Giselle - posted on 04/25/2009

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My kids doctor always tells me to give my kids Tylenol when running a temp. It always works. I also take their clothes off if the temp persists. I hope this helps and she gets better.

Nicole - posted on 04/25/2009

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Hi my name is Nicole, I have had that problem allternate from Motrin then do a dose of Tylenol, then Mortrin that usally helps good luck....

Adrienne - posted on 04/25/2009

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Advil always worked for my daughter but has she been to the doctor? Could be an ear infection. My daughter was infamous for them! Double ear infection and 103 fever with every tooth she cut.

Robyn - posted on 04/25/2009

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Ever think to ask the docotor WHY he said no meds?!? Never hurts to ask. He probably had a good reason.

Sally-Ann - posted on 04/25/2009

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Whenever my daughter is ill i give her ice pops in the plastic sleeves to suck on. it helps get the temperature down and its gentle on the stomach. Works for us. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2009

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I think if your girl is sick, make her comfortable...motrin and tylanol are great.. you should alternate between the 2!!! Its your kid you know her best!

Marlishia - posted on 04/25/2009

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POPSICLES!!!! You don't want her to get dehydrated so give her popsicles it keep hydrates and helps cools her off. Pedia sure freeze pops are good if she will take it. My daughter did not care for it but popsicles became her best friend especially since she really didn't want to eat anything. I pray she feel better soon.

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2009

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Quoting Kerry:

I'm curious too....why did he say no meds? What I've learned when my kids have higher temps is you alternate between tylenol and motrin. around the clock if you can. it really helps keep the fever down and the child more comfortable. we learned that when my oldest was 16 mos and had a virus with a temp of 105. the hospital told us to do that and it worked and has on all 3 of mine since. you can also put a cold damp washcloth on her forhead or back of her neck. it helps to cool her down. HTH!


Absolutely right, my husband is a nurse and this is what we do with both of our kids, and it works. There is no reason your child should be uncomfortable while they are sick. Tylenol and Motrin- alternate every 4 to 6 hours. cool baths, and cool compresses.

Rebecca - posted on 04/25/2009

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my answer is prob too late to do any good, lol. but sometimes i let the fever go if not too high through the day because it means their body is fighting infection, so i've been told. but i always! give motrin or tylenol for them at night so they can sleep. hope your daughter is better!

User - posted on 04/25/2009

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deppends how old she is, if she is under 3 months you cant give them anythign but if she is older i d give her something for her fever, there are charts on the tylenol or motrin for babys and tells you how much to give them. When my daughter has a fever i give her Tylenol shes 10 months. i cant believe a doctor told you to leave her fever and not gibve her plaything, a fever can send a baby into a seizure and other bad things..so if she ever has a fever again just give her tylenol and follow the chart on the bottle :)
but make sure when yo give it to her that you dont re give her any for at least 4 hours after. If her fever is still there after 4-5 hours after you giv e her somethign for it, re give it to her again. If she still has a fever after 2 days bring her into emergency at the hospital. cause usually a fever means there is infection somewhere

Laura - posted on 04/25/2009

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For a child a 102 temp is not bad. And you don't want to give meds if they don't really need it. Most of the time meds. aren't going to help, it needs to run it's course not block it. As long as it's not 103 or over I'd be worried. But she should be fine.

Rachael - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter just had a temp of 102.5 and i brought her to the doc and she had a double ear infection. And he told me 2 give her tylenol or motrin 2 break the fever.

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When my son had a temp of 104 when he had measles, NHS DIRECT told him to take nurofen ibuprofen to bring down the fever and it worked, kepp them in pants and vest and keep a wet cool flannel on their head, the doctor sounds like an arse. xxxxx

Kristina - posted on 04/25/2009

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I had my 6 month old with very high fever in middle of our summer and i had a bowl of cool water to which add 2 drops of pure lavender oil and eucalyptus then put your flannel in the water wring out and apply to the forhead careful not to drip in her eyes the wrists the low of her back and groin area this will lower her temperature but also fight any infection she has. Also dont worry too much for a fever for a couple of days this is the body fighting the infection. Best of luck.

Janine - posted on 04/25/2009

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hi from australia , i am unsure what motrin is, i dont think we have it here. anyway my dr always says panadol every 4 hrs, 3 and a half if you can feel it spikeing up again. try cool face washer around back of neck. also let child suck on facewasher, some may think its gross, but the water in the face washer will help with dehydration. This was done with my child in the royal childrens hospital in Melbourne. your child will dehydrate quickly while fever is present. offer water as much as possible, and even water icy poles can help. often they will suck them. have child checked to make sure no infection is present like ears or throat. good luck. hope my info helps.

Rebecca - posted on 04/25/2009

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sponge her down with luke warm water this will help with the fever and offer sips of water to keep her hydrated this is what i do for my daughter and she suffers from feeble convulsions

Julieanna - posted on 04/24/2009

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First off, you should listen to your doctor. It doesn't really make sense why the doc doesn't want you to give her anything, UNLESS he/she has a reason. Perhaps he needs to know how high the fever actually is without meds that bring them down? Personally, I would not give more meds than necessary. Motrin lasts longer than Tylenol. You don't need to switch the two in and out unless the doc tells u too..Ive never heard of this before and never been told to do so with my own daughter.I have gone through a lot of health issues with my daughter including cancer. Ive dealt with a lot of doctors. If you've never had any issues with this doctor than I would listen, but ask why. If you don't agree, get a second opinion. Maybe he needs to know how high the fever actually is and what her symptoms are so they can figure out what she has. Someone on here said not to give chicken noodle soup. Chicken noodle soup is one of the best things to have when your little one is sick. Good luck and I hope that she gets better!

Erica - posted on 04/24/2009

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I've also heard of alternating tylenol and motrin it really does work. also i wouldnt suggest a cool bath it can cause shock to the body. if you happen to have those snack size bags of carrots u can put the a lil bag on the forehead to cool the fever its more comfortable than staight up ice

Tina - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

The best part about a fever is that it means your child's body is fighting off whatever is attacking them. It is awful that they are uncomfortable but if you break a fever too soon it may come back higher because the body thinks it has to work harder. Keep giving water as often as they will drink it. If they are vomiting then use an eye dropper and only give a few drops at a time to avoid upsetting their tummy. The best way to lower a high fever is a WARM bath - not hot or cold! Just don't let them get chilled or again it is not going to help. My daughter doesn't run a fever often but she has gotten a couple that were 104 to 105 and a warm bath helped everytime. Tylenol might appear to help them but sometimes it covers symtoms of what is actually causing the fever and that may be why they recommended against it.


Absolutely Sarah!  Great point about he bath; only do it if they are willing, don't force them.  If you have to do it 100 times a day if they want to it is great for the hydration as well.  The skin will absorb the water.  You don't have to wash them just let them sit and play if they want or take the wash rag and play with it.  Your goal is just to keep them at an even keil and not to one extreme or another.

Tina - posted on 04/24/2009

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Don't block the fever unless it gets 103 or more. If you keep blocking it she will take longer to get better. I never blocked my daughters fevers unless they got to 103 because the fever is the body's way of getting the junk out. Keep her hydrated (water, pedialite, popsicle, ice even). Keep her in light clothing so the fever has a chance to get out (if you will); put her in just her diaper, underwear, etc. Just sit and hold her if that is what she wants; let her watch her favorite movie and she will get through it, I promise! I know at the time it sucks but if you keep her comfy she will blossom!

Sarah - posted on 04/24/2009

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The best part about a fever is that it means your child's body is fighting off whatever is attacking them. It is awful that they are uncomfortable but if you break a fever too soon it may come back higher because the body thinks it has to work harder. Keep giving water as often as they will drink it. If they are vomiting then use an eye dropper and only give a few drops at a time to avoid upsetting their tummy. The best way to lower a high fever is a WARM bath - not hot or cold! Just don't let them get chilled or again it is not going to help. My daughter doesn't run a fever often but she has gotten a couple that were 104 to 105 and a warm bath helped everytime. Tylenol might appear to help them but sometimes it covers symtoms of what is actually causing the fever and that may be why they recommended against it.

Chantel - posted on 04/24/2009

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Don't give her too much motrin, switch it up between tylenol and motrin. Too much motrin is not good.

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2009

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i have six kids if they run fevers like this i do the motrin and tylenol have for 12 years! you can actually do it every 2 hours from what my doctor told me bc its not the same meds i usually did it every 3-4 depending on how fast the fever came back and how high!

Blanca - posted on 04/24/2009

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what? how could your dr. say so-my dr. told me to give my son tylenol and motrin-read the label I believe motrin was every 8 hours depending on your child's age-and tylenol every 4 or six hours. Make sure you give it exactly as it says on the label. have your child with light clothing- hopefully something works-good luck-try another Dr. good luck

Nia - posted on 04/24/2009

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The doctors dont consider a fever serious unless it reach 104. But, childrens tylenol is really good 2 use and lots of juice.

Rowines - posted on 04/24/2009

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It is best to rotate between tylenol and motrin it has something to do with damaging the liver!!! I learned that last month when my son had surgery for his circumsission or however you spell it. My son has been with a fever for the past three days and I couldnt figure out what was wrong until he opened his mouth wide enough for me to see that he is growing his first molar!!!! I have been giving him both tylenol and motrin and giving him warm/cool baths (he hates it but it helps) also because of the fevers I have stopped giving him milk since milk keeps the fever in. Just give your little one water and juice. If the fever is still not going down and you still don't know the reason of the fever take her to the hospital is could be something serious. My daughter was born with kidney reflux and we didn't know anything about it until she was 3months old and her fever wouldn't go down after 2 days. Fever is a sign that the body is trying to fight off an infection. My personal advice is do NOT litsen to what your child's ped said on no meds!!! If your child starts to convulse it could be serious and going to the e.r. would a necessary thing. They say a child with a fever of over 100 should be taken to the hospital. But if you can, try to figure out if maybe its due to teething or an ear infection. Good luck with everthing!!!! = )

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