what do i do for my 9 month old with a fever of 103

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Michelle - posted on 04/21/2010

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Doctors dont consider a fever high unless its about 104 to 105 range. I know it sounds ridiculous....I went through the same thing. However, there really isnt anything they can do. A fever is a sign that his little body is fighting off some kind of infection...and believe it or not....fever is a good thing...in most cases. I would alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 2 to 3 hours as needed. Let him drink plenty of fluids and give him a luke warm bath. He probably wont eat and that is just fine...give him a few days and he should be back to normal. Children spike a fever out of the blue without warning...and thats all it is....a fever. The only thing you need to be aware of is if his fever gets too high he could seize up on you...but this doesnt necessarily happen to all children. Im sure everything I said is the same thing the doctors told you in the ER. Hope the little guy feels better

Melissa - posted on 04/21/2010

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I called our dr. last week for my son's fever. It was 104.5. She said (kind of rudley) that there wasn't anything to do but give him tylenol or motrin (motrin worked best for us), give him a bath (warm not cold, cold it shocking to the body) and that is should go down. He has his fever for 4 days peaking at 105.5. We just kept on eye on him, gave him motrin, and bathed him when he was getting really warm. He wanted to lay on my chest a lot (which isn't normal for him), but when he laid on me I would rub a rung out wash cloth on his back. He is 10 months old.

Autumn - posted on 04/21/2010

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I agree with the other mom's. take off al clothes (even diaper if possible) luke warm bath will help reduce it the quickest. Call the dr or er and give right amount of motrin or tylenol. also rotate the meds every 4 to 6 hours. hope this helps poor baby

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Krystal - posted on 04/21/2010

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hi im in the UK and here they consider 40 degree celsius (104 fahrenheit) to be very very high, my son had diarrhoea and sickness, wouldnt eat, or drink much milk and the only thing he would take is water, his temp was 38.6 (101.4 fahrenheit) which the doc was consurned about and the doctor at the ER said that if it goes to 40 to bring him in straight away because it causes fits and she said that she had had 8 babys and 3 children come to the ER that day having a fit because their temp was 40 and over (they also had D+S, there was a bug going round) and were deyhdrated, luckily my sons temp went down and stayed down and hes just got over the D+S, but with a temp that high i would of thought they would keep your baby in to do some tests to see what was causing the high temp (infection or no infection) its dangerous to leave a baby with a high temp like that. i was giving my son calprofen which the docs told me to keep giving him. it has ibuprofen in it. and it is great for fevers (from 3 months plus). hope your poor little boy gets better soon, if you still are worried or get worried because his temp goes high again take him back in immediately. a normal under arm temp for a infant/child is 35.2 - 36.8 (95.3 - 98.2 fahrenheit). strip your baby and put him to bed in just a nappy or nappy and vest and a light sheet, give him a luke warm wash and keep giving his meds. and most important make sure he gets plenty of fluids, the doctor told us to give him 7oz of water every 4 hours, and she gave us Electrolade- oral rehydration powder. and you mix it with 7oz of boiled then cooled water and make sure they drink it within those 4 hours, it helps replace the salt and stuff that they lose to stop them from dehydrating, if your son is not eating and drinking (except water) they can still get dehydrated so make sure to check with the doctors or ER that hes not dehydrated or is not getting dehydrated. i hope your little boy gets better, i had 2 days none stop of my son throwing up and pooping so much his bum got really sore poor little thing no wonder he wanted mummy all the time, he was stuck to me like glue. i feel for you hun, i really do, its hard wen your baby is ill and there is not much you can do. this was my sons first time in getting sick so i was really unsure what to do thats why we took him straight to the ER when he was pooping every 10 mins and throwing up at the same time and was getting drowsey and tired and very pale. let us know how it goes hun and i really hope he gets better soon. best wishes xx

Joni - posted on 04/21/2010

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I took him to the ER and they gave him another dose of Motrin but said they didn't know what was causing it. His fever is down to 100.1 now but he won't eat and has hardly taken a bottle or even a sippy cup today. All he wants to do is be held and cry. I don't know what to do and I don't like that. I feel so bad that my baby doesn't feel good.

Louise - posted on 04/21/2010

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Call your local GP or take him straight to the ER. This is to high for a 9 month old if you are sure of the temperature readings then this can cause a fit in such a small child. Take your child to the nearest doctors and demand to be seen now! You can never be to careful at this age. Stripping off clothes and using a damp cloth is ok in the mean time and use an infant paracetamol. But be doublely safe and get him checked out now.

Autumn - posted on 04/21/2010

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I hope everything turns out for you and the little guy. Just remember when you give teh meds go aheand and help them out with a lukewarm bath. works everytime

Joni - posted on 04/21/2010

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I have gave him baby Tylenol and motrin. it started this morning at 101.8 and hasn't went down much at all and keeps getting higher. I did call his dr but that was about 40 minutes ago and have not received a call back yet. I am about to head to the er though. He is prone to ear infections but has never had a fever this high. thank you all

Z - posted on 04/21/2010

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Give him lots of water. Wipe hius body with cloth that had been soak with water. Give him paracetamol with amount that is suitable for his age.

Jen - posted on 04/21/2010

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call the doctor right now. secondly strip him to his nappy get a cold flannel n wash him down gently has he got any other symtoms plenty of fluids

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