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Old 09-22-2006, 12:24 AM   #1
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fever question

DS (who is three yrs old) has had a fever for about 24 hrs. I took him to the DR and he was no help. He just tested him for strep (it was neg) and sent us home with a cough scrit. ummm hello he isn't coughing so no cough meds.

But his fever has been around 103.5. What do I do? I am giving motrin and a cool rag but he is just laying around not playing complaining of a tummy ache. No pooping but I am making him drink. The family has all eaten the same things and no one else is sick. He says he is freezing and wants a blanket then a few mintues kicks them off and says he is so hot. His eyes look so sick.... Any advice?

How high of a fever is ok and when should I freak out. And when that freak out fever temp happens what do I do?


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Old 09-22-2006, 04:22 AM   #2
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Re: fever question

there is good info on fevers here I will c/p some of it to get you started.

No. Many parents have a misconception that fevers are a bad thing and a sign that there is some serious underlying illness. This simply is not true. Fever is a normal and healthy response of the body to an illness. The body's immune system releases chemicals that raise the body temperature. This is part of the normal infection-fighting process.

No. Low-grade fevers are helpful in fighting off infection. You should only treat a fever when it is making your child miserable. Treat your child, not the fever.

Remember, fevers are your body's natural response to infection, and not necessarily a sign that something serious is taking place.
Low-grade fevers are generally not serious, are easily treated, and can wait until the morning to be evaluated by your doctor.
Fevers of 101 to 103 (38.4 to 39.5 Celcius) are also generally not serious and can wait until morning to be evaluated, except as indicated below.
High fevers of 104 (40 Celcius) or higher that quickly come down to 100 or 101 (37.8 to 38.3 Celcius) with the treatment measures below are also generally not serious and can wait until morning, except as indicated below.
So for now, donít rush to page your doctor. Read through this section, and call your doctor during office hours, or page your doctor according to the following guidelines:

Here are the situations that usually warrant an urgent call to your doctor. If none of these fit your current situation, then you probably donít need to page your doctor. Follow our treatment advice below and call your doctor during office hours.

If your infant is 6 weeks or younger, and has a fever of 101 or higher, this is considered a medical emergency. Your doctor should evaluate your infant right away, either during business hours, or in an emergency room after hours. Do not give any fever-reducing medications in this situation (you don't want to hide the fever until after a doctor has evaluated your baby). Be sure to confirm any fevers with a rectal thermometer (if available) before contacting your doctor.
Infants age 7 weeks to three months with a fever over 101 warrant an appointment with your doctor within the next several hours. You generally donít need to page your doctor in the middle of the night in this situation if the office opens within the next few hours. Simply follow our recommendations on treating fever below and call your doctor in the morning. If it is the early evening you should probably page your doctor, since the office wonít be open until the following day. Be sure to confirm any fevers with a rectal thermometer (if available) before contacting your doctor.
If your child of any age has one or more of the following symptoms, you should probably call your doctor right away:

High fevers of 104 (40 Celcius) or higher that don't come down to 101 or 102 (38.3 to 38.9 Celcius) with the treatment measures below.
Lethargy Ė this means more than your child just isn't acting right or laying quietly in your arms. Lethargy actually refers to your child being limp, lifeless, unresponsive, or won't make eye contact.
Irritability - this means more than just fussiness. A truly irritable child will cry for hours with minimal verbal interaction, and is almost impossible to console.
Meningitis Ė symptoms are high fever, stiff neck or pain in the back of the neck, vomiting, headache, bright light hurts the eyes. Before paging your doctor, you should also look up any other symptoms your child has, such as cough, vomiting, rash, etc and read those guidelines to determine your best course of action.

there is lots of other info there- common causes etc. If your instincts say there is something really wrong, get help. If your child is "sick" and you are just sad and worried- but the normal variety, not the panicked variety of worry then give it a little time. If nothing gets better in a couple of days go back. With a belly ache it may be worth while to ask for a urine culture. Those take a couple of days to grow. They will usually give you abx right away. Ask for the urine anylisis to be done stat and don't start the abx unless the u/a is "suspicious" (has blood, pus, ketones, etc) when my son has a u/a the dipstick "lights up like a neon rainbow"
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Old 09-22-2006, 06:23 AM   #3
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Re: fever question

Motrin can be hard on the tummy. Have you tried tylenol to see if it will respond to it. You can also alternate between Motrin and tylenol. To keep the fever down. Is it responding to the motrin, I wasn't sure from your post.

Otherwise I would just keep doing what you are doing. I would say that if the fever is still going after 3-4 days talk w/ the dr again, better if there is another dr in the practice try to see a diff dr. Try to push liquids, and try to get DC to eat something before giving the motrin so maybe it wont up set his tummy.

Hope he is doing better soon.
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