My son has had a fever for 3 days not really breaking at all what do I do?

Cecilia - posted on 11/17/2011 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I took my son to the doctor yesterday they said it could be a start of an infection so he was given antibiotics but I don't wanna give it to him unless he absolutely needs it, he has had fever almost constantly not eating but he is drinking for 3 days now and I have missed 2 days of work and can't really afford to miss anymore but I can't take him to school with a fever????

Should I take him to the E.R. maybe they could give him something stronger than Motrin to break his fever and get rid of it....

Please give me any suggestions>>>>>>>>>>>.

My son is 3 and 9 months old

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Kari - posted on 11/28/2011

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I dont' know if you have gotten this reply yet, but try using tylenol and motrin at the same time until it breaks, up to a whole day. Tylenol every 4, and motrin every 6 hours. And if his fever doesn't go down I would take him to the docs! good luck

Medic - posted on 11/18/2011

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For fever alternate motrin and acetaminophen(tylenol) every 3 hours. If the Dr gave you a med ie: antibiotics then you should give them as prescribed. I would not jump up and down and rush him to the er just for a low grade fever. Keep him hydrated, water, pedialyte, and make sure he is peeing every 4-6 hours as stated above while awake. If he is asleep he is fine. I don't think your child needs a RBC or LBC for a little infection that the meds have not been given enough time to work on yet.

Karen - posted on 11/17/2011

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Check out askdrsears.com. There's some good information on fevers there. I'm a natural health kinda mama - so I'd say keep him as comfortable as possible, keep a close eye on the fever and let it run its course. Fevers are our bodie's natural ways of fighting infection.

Tanya - posted on 11/27/2011

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Give him the antibiotics, as prescribed for the infection that is the likely cause of the fever

Julie - posted on 11/18/2011

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Let the fever burn itself out! It is the body's way of burning off infection ... It can be scarey, I know ... I've had 5 kids... but it is our body's way to take care of 'the enemy', so to speak!

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Vanessa - posted on 11/25/2011

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Take him to the hospital its not something to play around with and wait for him to get better, if nothing they will give you something to break his fever and he wil be better by the next day

Dhanu - posted on 11/22/2011

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The thing is at that age they do catch a lot of bugs at school,as their immune is trying to fight infection.Get some warm water with some normal salt and soak the hanki in the salt water squeeze the hanki from water and place it on his forhead.Try and do this meathod as often as possible while the child is lying down.You can also put salt in his bath and wash his hair as well,that talkes away the heat off body...

Kim - posted on 11/22/2011

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Thank you for taking him to the doctors, as a Grandma, I was worried. You had amazing help from so many Moms. When you digest all the help given with all the different conditions of their childrens illness, your Mom instinct will kick in to do the right thing for your situation. You are able to filter out and find the common thread of their situation to yours, so this is an amazing website for Moms.

Wendy - posted on 11/22/2011

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high fever is the body's way of fighting off infection. Keep him cool with water and brown vinegar in bowl and sponge him down with it. keep him as lightly dressed as possible and let his body fight the infection. Antibiotics help the body fight quicker - I would let his body sort itself out...

Cecilia - posted on 11/19/2011

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I gave him the antibiotics and hes doing much better even eating and drinking more I sent him to school on Friday called to check on him and they said he was doing well playing and all they also kept checking his temp so the fever is gone and he's still on antibiotics for 8 more days whatever it was it was some kind of infection now he just has congestion in his nose and coughing thank God the fever is gone thank you ladies I appreciate all of your help and advice in this situation I read every single one

Amy - posted on 11/19/2011

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Take him to the dr, give him the meds and don't send him to school! He will only infect the others. That is selfish of you to do that and not fair to your child either to have to go when he feels bad.

Kim - posted on 11/19/2011

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he isn't peeing because the fever is burning up any liquid in his body, give him more fluids and take him to the er, now!

Brie - posted on 11/19/2011

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For the love of your child, please take himto the ER! When my son ran a fever for 5 days it turned to be something way more scary....he had Kawasaki Disease. Doctors can help you! But you have to be your child's best advocate! Good luck!

Danielle - posted on 11/18/2011

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I would ride it out, if his fever is manageable with Tylenol.

You should google the possibility of Roseola Baby Measles. It is fairly common with children under 4.

Last January, my son ran a fever for a week. When the fever finally broke his entire body broke out in a rash. Apparently, it is something kids just get sometimes, and there isn't much a doctor can do to treat it. It just needs to run its course, and the body will fight it, and build defenses.

Kathleen - posted on 11/18/2011

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I would give him the antibiotics, you can still alternate motrin and tylenol. If the doc gave it to you to give to him. I would do it. The fever has been 3 days which why he probably gave it to you. For a child that young there really is not anything stronger for a fever than motrin and tylenol and luke warm baths.

Sara - posted on 11/18/2011

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I can't take my kids to the doctor until they have had a fever for FIVE DAYS. If the doctor gives you antibiotics you should give them. As I said, my four year old can have a fever for five days before he gets them, you're lucky,

Dorothy - posted on 11/18/2011

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When my Son was about 3 yrs. old, he developed an ear infection, & Dr. gave hime an antibiotic. This kept rcurring for months, on/off antibiotics. Talked about putting things in his ears. Had to keep winter hat on him in 80-90 degre weather in summertime, in Oregon. Than we moved to Washington, & Dr
octor discovered he was being treat for outer ear, & it was his inner ear. So make sure doctor gives him right medicine. Dorothy

Sharlene - posted on 11/18/2011

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You would to be sure ,And to do a full blood count as well.cheers,best of luck

Sharlene - posted on 11/18/2011

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I'm not trying to freak you !!!!!!! But if your is still seriuosly sick I posted you before and now your saying his congested and seems like his not breathing properly, He might need Oxygen and properly C-Packed ,if the child is fighting infection .they will give him strong steroids .seriously darls take him just to be sure and look Im sorry if I was scaring you okay

Erin - posted on 11/18/2011

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Well the general rule is that if they do not urinate in 4-6hrs (while awake), they need to go to hospital for rehydration. So if it has been longer than that, I would be taking him in. In the meantime, you can treat dehydration with electrolyte drinks or ice blocks (Pedialyte, Hydrolyte). These are available OTC.

Cecilia - posted on 11/18/2011

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It's hours before I see him go to the restroom so i'm concerned also he looks pale he is sleeping now but keeps waking up with a congestion and it doesn't sound like he can breathe well but i'm doing all i can to make him comfortable....

Erin - posted on 11/17/2011

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He needs the ABs. It takes approx 36-48hrs for them to start working, so you will not see any improvement after only one dose.

The temp itself isn't worth going to the ER, but if he is not taking liquids or passing urine he will need to be seen. Dehydration in children can get very serious, very quickly. What do you mean exactly by 'not really peeing'? How long between going?

Cecilia - posted on 11/17/2011

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I called the dr they said i SHOULD'VE been giving him the antiobiotics if the fever was not going down but I didn't think of it because I didn't see it as an infection so I gave h im the first dose and he still has a fever of 100.4 and is not eating well but kinda drinking not really peeing I need to keep him hydrated i'm sending him to school tomorrow hoping they will not call me and tell me to pick him up. THanks ladies for all the advice i REALLY appreciate it.

Wendy - posted on 11/17/2011

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ya the doctor gave him antibiotics beacuse he has a fever that indicates infection mum....give him the medicin

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but the fever is a symptom of the infection, as his body tries to heal itself, the anti-biotics will help that. then the fever will break, and his body can take over reparing it's self.

Bonnie - posted on 11/17/2011

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I have always been told that young children often run a fever for 5 days before it breaks and i've seen this more times than not in my own kids. If he really does have an infection though, he does need the antibiotics. Motrin, Tylenol, Advil, or whatever else is not going to get rid of it.

Cecilia - posted on 11/17/2011

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His fever started out at 102 on monday and has not been below the 100 mark since

Cecilia - posted on 11/17/2011

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Right now he's sleeping but his fever is still present do I just take him now or wait til he wakes up???? I called a nurse yesterday she told me they wouldn't see him if his temp isn't over 104 I thought thats ridiculous he's a child!!!!! I'm a little hesitant to give him antibiotics just to cure a fever

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yea take him to the er, and i would give him the antibiotics as well, once they start to kick in they might help break the fever too.

Sharlene - posted on 11/17/2011

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And look Im been honest as a nurse take him course they only have the best emergency staff working in the EDepartment. Good luck

Sharlene - posted on 11/17/2011

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As a RN take him to the neare EDepartment, And get him seen by emergency doctor.It sound critical if hes had a temp for the last 3 days,

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