What do you do if your baby has over 101/102 fever?

Stephanie - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 62 moms have responded )

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What do you do if your baby has a 101/102 temp but no other symptoms? I keep giving him tylenol which keeps the temp down, but once it wears off his temp rises again. At what point do you take him in to the doc or ER? He is still eating & sleeping (just less then normal). HELP?!?!

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Courtney - posted on 05/06/2010

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A baby can have a fever up to 104.00 and be ok..they say the start watching it after 103.5 and if it gets worse call ur doctor or go to the nearest emergency room..if its 101-102 they are just fine..Half the time its b/c of teething. I always worried about this right after my son was born but now that hes 13 months i know what to do. So just watch it and even if it gets to 103. go ahead and call the dr. i know i did cause i always wanted re-assured but most dr's will tell u the baby can carry a fever of 104. and be ok. hope i helped.

Muffyn - posted on 05/06/2010

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Call dr...BUt in meantime give baby a luke warm bath and give tylenol or motrin fever reducer...My youngest daughter stay's with a cold. She's now 7 but when she was a baby I took her to the dr for everthing ...But I came to realize that a lukewarm bath, pedialyte , and motrin or tylenol helps..plus after a baby has their shots they sometimes do get a fever..but if it reaches higher than101 or 102 then I would just go to the hospital you can never be too safe...

Marsha - posted on 05/06/2010

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Like most others said, if it lasts more than 3 days, or goes over 103 bring the child in. Here in saskatchewan most doctors aren't overly concerned until it's 104 or more. I have 3 kids and it's usually the same thing, lukewarm spongeing (armpits, back of knees, forehead, neck , belly and feet) I stopped alternating motrin and tylenol because of possible overdosing so I just use tylenol. I also put vicks on the soles of their feet. (whether it works or not I don't know, they love it and the next day their fever's usually broke) Keep him hydrated, if you don't have pedalyte or those things mix a touch of salt and suger into water and let him drink, it keeps his minerals up. -or powerade/gatorade lol but i find them a bit too high in sugar for my adhd child.

The doctor told me that children are more resilient to high fevers than adults, but it doesn't make us less scared. Best advice I can give is if you're scared/concerned, just take them in.

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did he have shots recently? that can raise the temp. i would highly suggest calling your doctor. if you can't get a hold of the doctor, try a nurses line or some health insurance carriers also have a nurse line type system. bottom line talk to a professional. other things to do to lower his temp: lupe warm bath. it's a bath right around 98.5 or slightly lower. not cold, but it'll feel cold to him because his body is warmer than the water. this is usually far better than tylenol. he wont like it, but try to keep him in there for a little bit. cold compress helps as well. also u may want to check your tylenol bottle-there were some recalls recently.

Lisa - posted on 05/06/2010

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Has anyone ever heard of the Mayo Clinic. you can call them or go on their website. It is amazing, if you have any questions concerning your child you can ask them before you go to a doctor. But seriously if your baby has that high of a temp that is just not normal. I would suggest uhh seeing your doctor.

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Shivani - posted on 05/07/2010

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Does he had some vaccination done recently??!!! Bcoz fever may be due that. Don't wait too much and depend on Tylenol for long. If fever persists for than 2- 3 days, consult a child specialist immediately.

Ashley - posted on 05/07/2010

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i would call the doctor...my son had many high fevers but no other symptoms, and it turned out to be ear infections everytime! so he definatley should be seen to make sure he doesnt have an ear infection.

Monica - posted on 05/06/2010

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This just happened a few weeks ago with my son. The fever broke after 4 days and then he had a rash for three days. We did take him to the doc on day 3 and she said he had a virus. We looked up the symptoms online and the symptoms pointed to Roseola. Definately call your doc and make an appointment though in case it's something else.

Elissa - posted on 05/06/2010

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what is that in celsius? If it is over 38 should have been at doc - over 40 should have been at hospital. babies should only be given infant paracetamol and only for a mild temp that resolves quickly. If it is persisting for more than 2 days you shouldnt be self-medicating. If it has only been a couple of hours dont worry too much.

MELISSA - posted on 05/06/2010

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Per the last two ER visits at Carson Tahoe Hospital, you can rotate Tylenol and Motrin. The ER gave me a chart that they go off of by the baby's weight, not buy what the bottle on the bottle indicate. I'm sure you can find more info on it if you google it.

Michelle - posted on 05/06/2010

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def talk to ur dr.. they usually say 3-4 days with a fever they should b seen.. also try luke warm baths and cool rags on him u dont always want to give him meds cuz they arent great for you either .. its possible just to have a lil bug. or could be teething... u always want to ask your dr about all your concerns better to be safe then sorry..

Sherry - posted on 05/06/2010

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You take them to the doctor/ER that's to serious to keep giving medicine too because evidently the meds aren't working you should never take a risk like that!

Danielle - posted on 05/05/2010

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You said he just had immunizations yesterday? My family doctor has always warned us that after my son's needles he may have a fever for 24 hours or so and to give him tylenol every 4-6 hours. I think after 2 days of a fever I would definitely call my son's doctor and if he couldn't see him right away I would head to the emergency room. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Heather - posted on 05/05/2010

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I would take him to see the doc, just because there are alot of things that can cause a baby to have a temp. and sometimes that is the only sypmtom of infection.My first son was cranky and miserable for a couple of days, and everyone was like oh no here comes the terrible twos and after 3 days he had a fever, because he had tonsilitis(spelling?) and the doc told us the crankiness was the beginning of it. Our second son had a fever for two days and when we took him in one night and he had some tests done, then we were sent home and told to come back in the morning with a urine sample to check for a bladder infection, admitted in to the hospital because his fever won't stay down because of an infection, and we thought at fisrt he was just teething, so it never ever hurts to just get them checked out!

Andrea - posted on 05/05/2010

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Just call your childs doctor for advice. My daughter had a temp for 3 days and had thrown up twice. I took her to see the doctor and they said she looked fine, was eating drinking etc. The next day she stopped peeing. Turned out she was very dehydrated. Pedialyte is good for that.

Kailey - posted on 05/04/2010

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you should call a doctor or an on call nurse and tell her what is going on in detail and do everything she tells u. they should say if nothing improves then to take him to the dr. dont panic, it will just add to the baby's emotion.

Flor - posted on 05/04/2010

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Hi Stephanie. There are thousand of reasons that can cause a high temperature. But you are a mom and yo love your child. You need to be more pesimist than optimist. Because you never know how serious does his problem could be. I know we all hate to go to the ER and wait for ever or go into appointments.,,but thats called parenthood. Please always call the dr.

Charlene - posted on 05/04/2010

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If your baby has a temp of 102 and no other symptoms you should take him to see a doctor, especially if the fever lasts for more then 3 days.

Jessica - posted on 05/04/2010

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well my daughter just the other night had a temp of 102.2 and I rushed to CVS and got children's Tylenol and childrens ibuprofen. The tylenol lasts 3-4 hours so you give that first...well in about 3 hours, you give the ibuprofen which lasts 8 hours...that helped with my daughter and she too ahd a reoccurring temperature. Just try the tylenol and ibuprofen.

Michelle - posted on 05/04/2010

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I using go with Mortin and if the temp is still there after 24-48hrs (depending on how miserable he is) I take him to the doc. Each time I have taken him bc of just a fever it has been an ear infection. I have found alot of times with my son the only symptom he has had is a fever.

Angela - posted on 05/04/2010

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Well, it just depends on how old he is. Two years old or more, and you should alternate doses of motrin and tylenol. less than two and I would call me ped. if it continues for more than 36 hours call the ped.

Megan - posted on 05/04/2010

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The body won't raise its temp above 105 due to a bacterial/viral infection. A fever is the bodies first line of defense against germs, when you give tylenol you are giving germs the prefect environment to grow in and make your baby really sick. Tylenol given before vaccination decrease the seroconversion rate and decrease the effect of the vaccine. Seizures happen b/c of how fast the temp rises, not b/c the temp is just high. If your child is going to have a seizure it is going to happen before you even realize that your child has a temp. It is very rare that child will continue to have seizures after one febrile seizure.
Just make sure that baby is well hydrated and stays warm. My daughter used to run fevers around 102-104 at night. I would let them run there course and let her nurse through the night and she would be fine in the morning, she is three and has yet to be sick. She has never been on antibiotics and she was breastfed until she was two.

Dankeeka - posted on 05/04/2010

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Something I learned is to give Tylenol an hour before appt's, and it usually helps avoid a temp... You should check your pediatrician, every doc I have ever gone to checks temps... that's just strange!!

Jennifer - posted on 05/04/2010

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give him infant tynol and call the er ask what to do if fever doesnt break

Kimberley Deane - posted on 05/04/2010

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my daughter had a temp that was stuck between 39.5c and 42c, i gave her calpol and that brought it down to 39c so we still had to go to a&e (ER) as at 40c it can cause brain damage. there were no other syptoms either, it was just a virus.
children under the age of 5 cannot regulate their body temp, and a high temp can cause a febrile convulsion. my daughter had one when she was 5 months old and now i have to monitor her temp when it starts to rise.
when it reaches 39c you are to go to A&E after trying to regulate it yourself. x

Neisha - posted on 05/04/2010

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My daughter and I just had this scare recently. You should call your doctor immediately!!! If you don't reach them give your child baby tylenol, wait 15 to 30 minutes and see if the fever has gone down. If it does monitor your child and make sure the fever doesn't come back. If it persists go to the hospital.

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ok, so this question has been answered like 100 times, but i know in canada (or in alberta anyway), the doctors wont do anything unless the fever gets over 40 (104), or if its been present for more than 48 hours, or if tylenol or baths wont help it go down. my daughter had a fever of 38.7 (idk what that is in F) for almost a full day off and on, when i gave her a bath or tylenol it would go down for a couple hours then go back up again. but you said he had his shots? because they can get a fever from that, thats a common reaction. or teething, which is what my daughters fever was from. unless theres other symptoms, then just make sure he's comfortable and give him lots of fluids!

Lyndsay - posted on 05/04/2010

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If a fever of any temperature lasts longer than 72 hours (or three days), see a doctor. If he's eating and sleeping, he's probably fine... just address the fever issue. You said he just got his shots, so the fever could be attributed to that.

Brenale - posted on 05/04/2010

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try a luckwarm bath as well. not cold that just up sets them. but you need to rebember that when i child has a temp there brain can swell! i would and always have take my children in if it gos to 102. no questions ask i take them and most the time the er or the docor what ever will take and see them the soonest understands and help get it down! good luck

Lindsey - posted on 05/03/2010

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That's weird that your doctor doesn't take temperature. Our pediatrician wont give shots if they have a temp. My girl usually runs a little fever after shots and goes away after a good nights sleep.....hope it works itself out

Tabatha - posted on 05/03/2010

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I give my children tylenol or motrin and see if that helps. if the fever goes for more than a day i call the dr :)

Tabatha - posted on 05/03/2010

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I give my children tylenol or motrin and see if that helps. if the fever goes for more than a day i call the dr :)

Sonya - posted on 05/03/2010

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first call doctor and let them know what is going on and advise you what to do

Jessica - posted on 05/03/2010

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My girls have always had a high temp for a couple of days when they were teething. If Tylenol wasn't helping I'd call the doctor's office, but there's not much a Dr has ever done or worried about unless the temp was approaching 104/105.

Christina - posted on 05/03/2010

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As a precaution, I would take him to his doctor as soon as possible. Depending on how old your baby is, he could be just teething, or it could be something else like a cold or virus, or it could be something that needs antibiotics to clear it up.

Veronique - posted on 05/03/2010

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Well if after giving my child tempera or tylenol and the temp is still that high i would call the doctor. Sometimes fever are not such a bad thing but just to be safe i would call.

April - posted on 05/03/2010

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You know, my daughter did that once. Took her to the doctor and she had a major bladder infection! As long as that fever will break after a short time, don't worry too much; but as with my case, if motrin and tylenol every two hours rotated doesn't break it, there's definitely a problem somewhere.

Carina - posted on 05/03/2010

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an ear infection, or bladder infection could be the reason. my daughter at 2 weeks old had a temp of 101 and we found out at the hospital that she had a bladder infection. and they said for a young kid to have a fever and no other symptoms is very common when it is a bladder infection. hope things get better

Krystle - posted on 05/03/2010

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Its not normal for anyone to have a temp over 98.6. Give tylenol first call and consualt with a doctor and if the temp does not break take him/her to the hospital it can be a number of things wrong. You never want to take a chance by just doing it yourself if u get no good outcome. Keep track of when u give the medicine how much and at what time as well, Just incase you have to go to the hospital or even the doctor. I wish u all the best.

Rayza - posted on 05/03/2010

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My daughter had a temp of 103 once. I have her tylenol every 4 hours and motrin every 6 hours. you could give both at the same time. If the baby is doing good drinking fluids and the Temp doesn't stay at 103-105 then just treat the symptom. If the temp doesn't go away after 2nd- 3rd day. Take them to the ER. If the baby starts not to eat or you think they are acting funny. Take them to the hospital. If the just got their shots could be a side effect from it. From a stay a home mommy that is also a ped. nurse. You are going to be the only one that really knows your baby if you think their to bad nothing wrong with going to the doctor. Hope this helps. :0)

Katie - posted on 05/03/2010

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Has he got any shots lately? That could be one reason. I would definitely call the advice nurse line and see what they say. If its been for more than 3 days I would take him to the doctor. I think thats what my pedtrician says...if the temp has been high for longer than 3 days take them in. Hope your little one feels better!!!!

Megan - posted on 05/02/2010

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my sons doctor always said if the babies temp was 100.4 to bring him in if they are under a year old or if you give him motrin or tylenol and his fever keeps coming back he most likely has an infection somewhere.

Jackie - posted on 05/02/2010

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See the doctor. It also helps to sit them in a luke-warm soak bath. This will help pull the heat out of their little bodies.

Louise - posted on 05/01/2010

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My first son had surgery to release pressure on his brain at 7 weeks old and because of this temps are more serious for him. My failsafe once his temp hit 100 is ibupfofen and paracetamol alternated ever 3 hours.
Also lukewarm baths. I put on just a babygrow on him or light pajamas and socks as when they cool down they can start to shiver and can catch colds.
The first thing to do however is keep a packet of baby wipes in the fridge and use them to rub the back of their neck and face and over their heads. Works a charm.

My second little boy gets viral infections where his temp hits 102 but never goes below 100 even with meds. Once it doesn't last longer than 3 days my dic reckons he doesn't need to be seen.

However in your case I'd say it could be vaccine related. But if in doubt seek medical advice!

Zindy - posted on 05/01/2010

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My baby spikes a fever for anything and she suffers from febrile seizures. If your baby is acting normal I would call the pediatrician just in case. Dependng on the age, give the baby pedialite so there is no dehydration on top of fever because then that would be a nice trip to the ER. If your baby is notably uncomfortable I would take him or her to the hospital since thermometers if not used rectal don't give an accurate temp. My baby was at 101 at home and when I took her to the ER her temp was at 105. I would just not risk it.

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My ped says that they don't have babies come in for a fever unless it is over 104. Otherwise just give Tylenol like you are doing. Is your little one starting to cut teeth or got shots in the last few days? The older they get then a temp of 101/102 is more serious.

Katie - posted on 05/01/2010

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unfortunatly, dr's won't see him unless his temp is 103.1. but i would call your pediatrician just in case. they should have an emergency line, if not see if you can find an urgent care center. use the ER at the last resort, because they have you wait (and we all know how waiting for a few hours with nothing for your baby to do does). good luck!!

Marisa - posted on 05/01/2010

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my ped said not to worry unless the babys is bothered by it or it reaches 104. keep and check and give meds

Karla - posted on 05/01/2010

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it could be from his teeth if hes started teething. i would just call the dr the emergency room doesnt really do anything. samething happened to my daughter she had 103.7 n they said it was her teeth n it will pass in a few days n sent us home.

Becky - posted on 05/01/2010

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my doc told us to go home and give panadol after immunisations - whether fever or not cos they may be in pain as well and it's better to be safe than sorry. I'm a childcare worker and we were taught to strip clothes but always leave a singlet/vest cos if they get cold they will shiver which increases temp. Offer sips of water and give lukewarm (not cold) baths. If it lasts longer than 48 hours go back to doctor.

Jessica - posted on 04/30/2010

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My oldest daughter gets febrile seizure when he temp is about 102/103 or higher. i would just give Tylenol or motrin and if it doesnt go away call your pedi. and get an appointment.

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