1 year old has fever help!

Jessie - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 128 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 13 months and has been running a fever between 100-103.5 for the past couple of days, hes restless and fussy when his fever spikes.. Tylenol has been helping temporarily but seems to wear off quick and his temperature goes back up above 101.. We have taken him to the doctor the first day this happened and they said it might just be a bug he caught from someone, but the wierd thing is he has no other symptoms other than a fever. Any suggestions? This is the first time our little one has been sick and we are not sure what to do?

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Ashley - posted on 11/04/2009

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My son had the same thing happen to him about a year ago. My doctor suggested that we give him tylenol every six hours and offset that with motrin in three hour increments. so you would give him tylenol and then three hours later motrin and then three hours after that tylenol. They have different ingredients that fight the fever. You will want to check with your doctor first, but it worked like a charm for us!

Lisa - posted on 11/04/2009

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Quoting Jessie:

1 year old has fever help!

My son is almost 13 months and has been running a fever between100-103.5 for the past couple of days, hes restless and fussy when his fever spikes..tylenol has been helping temporarily but seems to wear off quick and his temperature goes back up above 101..we have taken him to the doctor the first day this happened and they said it might just be a bug he caught from someone, but the wierd thing is he has no other symptoms other than a fever. Any suggestions? this is the first time our little one has been sick and we are not sure what to do?



It could be a virus, which it really just has to work it's course.  If it continues for 5 to 7 days and symptoms arise, you may want to go back to the doctor.

Carolee - posted on 11/04/2009

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Alternate between Tylenol and Motrin. My aunt works with peds in a hospital, and that's what she told me to do. I gave my son just a little less than the instructions said for both types of medicine, but you can overlap them. Just make sure to write down what time you gave him which medicine, and don't deviate from the time-table for each one. (ie.- I would give him Tylenol at 12, Motrin at 2, then the Tylenol again after the 4-6 hours was up, then the Motrin again after the 6-8 hours... or whatever the dosage times are... I forget.) I hope he gets better soon! The first time sick is always the worst.

Bernadette - posted on 11/04/2009

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after the 3rd day he should see a doctor. may be a bacterical infection. Children Motrin works for 8 hours. If you put the Mortin in the refrig. it taste better cold. for the kids.l;

Nicole - posted on 11/04/2009

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Maybe your son is teething, since this is around the time that he should be getting more teeth. My children have always gotten really fussy and restless when they were cutting their teeth. One thing that you could do to help reduce the fever is to alternate Tylenol ( which is ever 4-6 hours) and then give Ibuprofin (which is ever 6-8 hours). Try to give this does so that the two time frames overlap in the middle, for example start with Tylenol and then after 2-3 hours have passed then give the Ibuprofin and continue until he feels better. This should help to reduce the fever, if not and it continues to get worse then take him to the doctors to get checked out. Hope this helps you out.

Chris - posted on 11/04/2009

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Personally, I wouldn't be too concerned unless other symptoms show up. I have three children and don't ever run them too the doctor every time they run a fever. As I said though if other symptoms show then you might want to go to the doctor. My two year old daughter has been running a fever since yesterday and I have just been switching between Tylenol and Advil to control the fever and when its gone she is her normal self. I am no doctor though so if you have any concerns you should decide for yourself if taking your son to the doctor is right for him.

Tracy - posted on 11/04/2009

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if your baby is teething they might run a fever from that or it could be an ear infection. i'm sorry but my kids doctor take high fevers serious around here. so you might want to also look into getting your baby a new doctor b/c the one you have sounds a bit stupid to me. just a suggestion hun. keep us informed about his progress due to the H1N1 or swine flu outbreak. thats all H1N1 is, its the swine flu.

Ethel - posted on 11/04/2009

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it happen 2 my son 2.when the temp goes up try to removr her close n take a wet cool face cloth pass it on her body.dont leave the cloth to long cuz its ganna get warm like her.tat really help me.

Melissa - posted on 11/04/2009

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Unfortunately I don't have any ideas about why he has the fever, but my doctor told me that when my son has a fever like that to switch back and forth between tylenol and motrin. It helps to break the fever... and to only wait like every 3 or 4 hours between doses. Good luck and I hope he feels better soon!!!

Tinika - posted on 11/04/2009

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The fever has been going on for to long now, it is wise to take your child back to the doctor. fever is a sgin of infection and that fever of 103.5 is really high. but cool baths and less clothing will help til you get him to the doctor.

Helen - posted on 11/04/2009

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HEY JESSIE MY 1 YR OLD HAS BEEN SICK SINCE HE WAS 7 WEEKS OLD AND MY DOCTOR SUGGESTED WE USE TYLENOL AND MOTRIN TOGHETHER AND THE TYLENOL EVERY 4 HRS AND MOTRIN EVERY 6 HOURS.I ALSO USE BABY WIPES TO COOL HIM DOWN.

Larra - posted on 11/04/2009

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My son was the little king of getting fevers! I know it's frustrating. Alternate Tylenol with Motrin. Motrin is a miracle drug. They are both 8 hour medicines, but you can give the opposite one 4 hours into a dose. i.e., Tylenol at 8:00 a.m., Motrin at 12:00 p.m., Tylenol at 4:00 p.m., etc....

June - posted on 11/04/2009

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Did they check his ears and throat? Give him childrens Motrin. It lasts longer than Tylenol. Be sure to read and follow the recomended dosage and time between dosages.

Stacia - posted on 11/04/2009

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I would call the doctor back, and tell them its not getting better. They always told me that if it lasted more than 3 days to call back. And I would also start using the infant Motrin instead of Tylenol, it seems to help my son alot more than Tylenol. Also I was told you can alternate the Tylenol and Motrin if it doesnt go down. And make sure you keep the little one hydrated too. Hope this helps, its horrible when little ones are sick.

Christine - posted on 11/04/2009

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You can five him drink more water and fruits but cannot let him eat rice the most is the porridge only, bserve his fever regular every 2-3 hours, take a few face towels wet and twist dry and put on his head and both ear and neck, it will help to lower down him temperature.

Kelly - posted on 11/04/2009

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HI there,

My son had the same thing when he was 1. He had a high fever for 3 or 4 days, which we could manage with tylenol. he was super fussy and cranky but otherwise no other symptoms. On day 4 or 5 the fever broke and all was well. On the very next day he broke out in a rash all over his trunk, and up to his next and a little on his face. It turned out he had Roseola, apparently a common childhood thing. Hard to diagnose until the spots appear. Could be the same? Good luck with everything!

Kasandra - posted on 11/04/2009

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Sometimes you just have to be more forceful when it comes to doctors & encourage them to find a better answer. Also check before giving her motrin, they're not supposed to get that before a certain age -2 maybe?

Barbara - posted on 11/04/2009

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Take your child to the Dr. It is flu season. To help with the fever try alternaing tylenol with motrin every 6 hours.

Angela - posted on 11/04/2009

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Always go with your instinct, if you are not happy with the reply from doctor you can take him to a&e, does sound like a little bug, make sure he is not clutching his ears or you see anything in his mouth, ear infections are common & also tonsolitis. good luck.

Michelle - posted on 11/04/2009

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My 6 year old had the same thing. Our doctor said to give him Motrin and it seemed to work but as soon as you can give him another dose, do it. When the first dose would wear off his temp would try to rise but if I caught it early enough his temp would stay down. This lasted 2 days then it started to stay down. I did take him back to the doctor and they gave him amoxicillian too. Hope this helps.

Felicia - posted on 11/04/2009

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If it's been a few days I would take him back in to the doctor or ER. We had the same thing happen with my daughter when she was 6 months old and after a week not only was the fever still there (yes Tylenol helped temporarily but the fever always returned & Motrin she's never been able to keep down) she then started vomiting so we took her to the ER and they tested for a urinary infection, which it turns out it was (and not just a bug as her doc originally thought). And since then we've found out she has urinary reflux and is prone to infections so she's now on permanent preventative meds and every time she gets a fever we have to take her to the ER to rule out infection. Hopefully it is just a bug that your son has (it's so hard when they're sick and can't tell us what doesn't feel right) and he'll get over it soon but you're better to get him checked out again and put your mind at rest. Plus with the current flu season you don't want to take any chances.

Monica - posted on 11/04/2009

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I agree that it is probably just a teething fever. While their gums are cracking open from the teething, whether on their own or from biting down on different things, dust alone can cause a pain-in-the-rear fever just like you described. My kids accept popcicles the best. It cools them from the inside out. And the sugar only helps keep up their energy. Of course, you still want to go back and forth between motrin & tylenol. Our doctor always suggests using the flavored motrin & tylenol as ice cream topping if your child doesn't want to take it normally. I have a 19 mo/old that goes through this, and our 2 1/2 y/o gets fevers all the time. Some kids are just more succeptible.:) You might also think about having him sleep in just shorts and keep a light fan going in his room, oscilating. He'll pull his blanket up if he gets cold. Also, if he'll play in water, let him. The wetter his skin is, the quicker it will cool. Good luck! I'll keep you two in my prayers!

Amber - posted on 11/04/2009

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Clear liquids, light cotton clothing, cool compresses, rest, luke warm baths..... If it spike fast ( ex from99.0-103.0 in 20-30 mins) ,cannot press his chin to his chest or he becomes un-responsive take her to the ER or call your on call DR. Push the liquids. Make him as comfortable as possible. Hope this helps and that your little one is better soon.

Melissa - posted on 11/04/2009

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Definetley make sure is not h1n1. If not u can try things like putting vicks vapor rub on the heels of his feet then put his socks on. And also try changing his fever medicine try motrin instead of tylenol. I hope your baby gets better. God bless

Kate CP - posted on 11/03/2009

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Does he have a rash anywhere on his body? Obviously diaper rash doesn't count.

Rachel - posted on 11/03/2009

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I know doctors say that teething don't cause fevers, but my kids always had fevers during teething. Keep him drinking cool water and maybe a teethin ring kept in the freezer for him to chew on could help. A child should never have a fever that high for days. If he acts tired and sluggish(lethargic) it is serious and you need to take him to the ER! I think you should at least call your doctor and keep him updated on your child.

Sara - posted on 11/03/2009

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I use tylenol, a wet cold cloth and just put her shorts and light shirt. It usually works but I had times, I had to put her in the bath a bit cooler than usual. that help. She likes taking her bath but when she is sick she needs a bit of convincing. good luck.

Laticia - posted on 11/03/2009

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when my daughter has a fever i alternate between tylenol and motrin every 4 hours. motrin does really well to lower fevers. also i put cold wash cloths on her head and on the back of her neck and she seems to like that. but mostly the alternating between the meds helps a TIN!

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Tylenol didnt help my son much either but infant motrin ALWAYS drops his temp to normal. When your one year old has a fever you can give him motrin every 6 to 8 hours and if he still has a fever or seem in pain you can alternate with tylenol since its every 4 hours.

User - posted on 11/10/2009

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dont second guess yourself if your not sure what to do when your 1 year old has a fever trust your motherly gut alternate tylonol and Motrin.lukewarm baths with a little splashing helps take the focus off while cooling down.. A lot of bad things can result with temps,keep him hydrated with plenty of fluids you can get a feel how much your baby takes in fluids by the wetness of the diaper if still wearing em or how many times to run to the bathroom if he dont want drink let him suck a damp corner of a clean washcloth and this helps him to bite all he wants if he's teething.keep checkin his ears and throat for reddness go back to the doc if no changes and dont apologize or feel bad for bugging the doc remember thats what they are there for, to help.

Kylie - posted on 11/09/2009

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don't panic, if bottle feeding, make 3 up, and take him to the local hospital, prob, is teething, but better to be safe!!!

since your 1 year old has a fever nurses will give him a needle which will help. my 28 mth old did the same at 6 months!!!

note the temps down in your sons blue book.

good luck, prayign for you both!!!!!!

Nicole - posted on 11/09/2009

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If I was you I would take him to the hospital. It is not safe for your 1 year old to have a fever that high for so long. I would get him some pedialyte also to make sure he is hydrated as well. My daughter had this but it only lasted two days and she was fine. I havent heard anyone who had it last that long...better to be safe than sorry.

Yvette - posted on 11/07/2009

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U need to call the dr back and explain how long your one year old has had the fever so u can take him back in it maybe his is teething and that is causing a fever try motrin and rubbing his gum with a cold teething ring but definitely call the dr to be on the safe side the first day is to soon to see if something is developing

Whittney - posted on 11/07/2009

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Since your 1 year old has a fever you can give popsicles, (low sugar or sugar free).....they help lower the fever and kids like them!!

Michaela - posted on 11/07/2009

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He may have a UTI or bladder infection. There really are no other symptoms until it gets really bad. My son was running a fever just like yours with no other symptons. After about a week I noticed that his diapers were really full everytime I changed him. Otherwise, when your one year old has a fever, just alternate between Tylonel and Motrin. Give him lukewarm baths. Push lots of fluids. Keep his room cool and let him get lots of sleep.

Gloria - posted on 11/06/2009

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Sorry to hear that your one year old has a fever, I know most doctors recomend tylenol, for my own experience I know it doesnt work, try motrin instead, and give him warm baths every two hours, don't cover him to much, dress him with light cloths, and give him a lot of fluids. Hope he can feel better.

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