fever or not?

Meagen - posted on 01/22/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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my son's whole body and head feels really warm , i took his temp but it said 95.6 what does that mean?????

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Rebecca - posted on 01/23/2010

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In October, our 2yr old son had a cold for a week. He was fine for 2 days and then all of a sudden he started screaming at the top of his lungs. We thought he was just hungry because i was cooking supper. After his bath my husband told me the whole time he was in, he was shaking the whole time. I took his temperature and it was 104.3. My husband took him to the ER. 2 Hours later he was back home and the Dr said it was just a cold/flu and to keep giving him tylenol. It would go away within a day or 2. Well 2 days later his fever was 104.7...so i went in to the ER with him. I told the Dr on that i didn't care how many kids she saw in the run of a day, i knew my son best and there was something wrong and i wasn't going to settle for a cold. I also said i wasn't leaving until an x-ray was done...20 minutes later he was getting and x-ray and his lungs were white...which is pneumonia. We were given medication for him and by the second dose he was starting to act like himself again.
You have to trust your gut. If something is wrong, then take him in. If he is acting fine, step away from the thermometer. You are making yourself paranoid.

Rebecca - posted on 01/23/2010

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When should I call the doctor?

A saying doctors use is, "Don't treat the thermometer, treat the child". This means that your child's behaviour is more important than the number on the thermometer. You can follow the guidelines below to help decide when to call your doctor, but it's important to call your doctor whenever you feel that your child needs help or if you have any questions.

Under one month old. Call your family doctor right away if your baby's temperature goes over 38.5oC (101.3oF) rectally, even if he or she doesn't seem sick. Your doctor may want to see your baby and may want to put him or her in the hospital to find out what's causing the fever. Babies this young can get very sick, very quickly. Also call your doctor if your baby has any of the warning signs listed below, even if he or she isn't running a fever.
One to three months old. Call your doctor if your baby has a temperature of 38.5oC (101.4oF) even if your baby doesn't seem sick, or a temperature of 38oC (100.4oF) that has lasted more than 24 hours. Also, call if your baby has any of the warning signs listed below.
Three months to two years. If your child has a fever of 38.6oC (101.4oF), watch how he or she acts. Call the doctor if the fever rises or lasts for more than three days, or if your child has any of the warning signs listed below. If the temperature is 39oC (103oF), call your doctor even if your child seems to feel fine.
Over two years old. If your child has a fever of 38.6oC (101.4oF), watch how he or she acts. Call the doctor if the fever rises or lasts more than three days, or if your child has any of the warning signs listed below.

Call your doctor if your child has any of these warning signs:

Changes in behaviour
Severe headache
Constant vomiting or diarrhea
Skin rashvDry mouth
Sore throat that doesn't improve
Earache that doesn't improve
Stiff neck
Fever comes and goes over several days
Stomach pain
High-pitched crying
Swelling on the soft spot on the head
Irritable
Unresponsive or limp
Not hungry
Wheezing or problems breathing
Pale
Whimpering

Stephanie - posted on 01/22/2010

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Oh and be careful taking a rectal temp...you dont want to damage the membraines in the booty lol

I would do the arm pit or one of those roll over head ones is good too.

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Stephanie - posted on 01/22/2010

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Call you pediatricians office...they should have an on call doc you can speak with if you are really worried.

I agree tho if it is 98 or 99 you should be fine, give smome tylenoly and see how it goes. If not better in 24 hours take to ER or regular doc.

Rebecca - posted on 01/22/2010

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go to the site i posted. It has childrens ages and what temp it should be for that age group.

Rebecca - posted on 01/22/2010

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Look up on yahoo fevers for infants becuase they consider a fever different in each age stage. Armpit is very very accurate and some say more the rectal...but i am not too sure. I dont' do rectal on my 2 kids. Use your mother instinct. If Tylenol doesn't' bring a fever down within 24 hours bring him to the ER.
Here's a pretty good site i just found...

http://www.cfpc.ca/English/cfpc/programs...

Jordan - posted on 01/22/2010

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I would do rectal. It will give you the most accurate reading. 101.4 is generally when they say to bring your munchkin in.

Kayla - posted on 01/22/2010

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i would try taking his temp a different way......if you did it by mouth try the armpit or rectal and see if the results are the same. also take your temp and see if its low too, it might be that you have a bad thermometer (i've had some that always read low too) and sometimes if you take their temp again right after each other you get different numbers. bottom line though, if you think he has a temp and a cool bath doesn't work just give him a little tylenol and see how he does.

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