May 31, 2008,
J.C. asks from Shingle Springs, CA on May 29, 2008
1 Year Old Spiking Fevers on and off for Days-normal in Between Times
my 1 year old has had this on and off fever for days. At first I thought it was teething because she was having mouth pain and some back teeth coming in. But her Daddy is sick with a bad chest cold so now I don't know if this is what she has. It will completely go away for hours and then come back again. She has a snotty nose but no cough. She eats and drinks and sleeps well still, just gets uncomfortable when she has the fever. I will just take her in but thought i would see if anyone else has this bug right now?
any ideas? fever between 101-103.
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Thanks for all the advice! She has a bad chest cold that is going around. The Dr. said it lasts about 1 1/2 weeks! As long as she is eating and drinking and playing do not worry about the fever. If it gets up to 103 then give baby Motrin or Tylenol to bring it down. The fever stopped yesterday but now it has settled in her chest and she coughs. She still eats, drinks and plays so I am not too worried. All the advice helped. Thank you. It is so stressful to see your little one be sick.
B.S. answers from Sacramento on May 30, 2008
My kids went through that exact thing a month or so ago. The doctor said it was something that was going around.
L.W. answers from Sacramento on May 30, 2008
In addition to the other wonderful suggestions, (you want to feel safe, so make sure by getting her checked) you may want to just give this energy balancing technique a try.
You are going to use your body as a "jumper cable" for her. It's easy for an adult to do this for themselves, but you can't get a little one to do this long enough to correct the imbalance of flow of energy. Like someone else said, the little ones don't have an immune system built up yet. I like to look forward to the time when in the future none of us need an immune system because there is nothing to fight or flight from. Until then, there will be a transition period and we do the best we can with what we have.
If you want to try it out, here's what you do: put the finger tips of your left hand just above the elbow along the nerve where the funny bone is, there is a little indentation there between the tricep and the bicep on the side of the arm just above the elbow. Line your fingertips up along that with your left hand. With your right hand use the whole palm on the rib cage under the arm. Doesn't matter whether your facing the baby or behind the baby if someone else is holding her. Make sure you're comfortable and not bending in a contorted position to do this. You're going to hold it for 5 minutes if you can, if the baby will let you. While you're doing it, you're going to think "I am safe" These are words that are going to be transmitted not only into your energy system, but into the baby as well.
What this does is take energy out of the fight or flight program and put it into the spleen meridian where the body can then use that "wasted energy (spinning out of control feeling)" to metabolize what ever the body needs to metabolize, including emotion or any other toxin or allergy. In short, it brings balance.
For an adult to do this for the self, it looks like a self hug. Left palm or fingertips on your right elbow, Right hand under your left arm at the bottom of the rib cage. It's really easy to just sit and do this when you are at the movies or vegging on the couch.
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B.L. answers from San Francisco on May 30, 2008
The fever is not affecting her eating or sleeping - let it run its course. It is how a baby builds an immune system. Wipe her down with cool wash cloths to get the fever back down each time.
If you start treating every little fever or cold with drugs, over the counter or prescribed, her immune system will never develop.
T.R. answers from Stockton on May 30, 2008
She could just have a viral infection in which the doctors will do nothing. Antibiotics will not treat viruses. These could last up to 7 days. I would just treat the fever as your doing with Motrin every 6-8 hours and Tylenol 4-6 hours. Keeping watch of her eating, drinking and sleeping patterns. If any of this does change then she "could" have an ear infection. Some people show no other signs of ear infections other than a fever. If it would make you more comfortable, take her in just to be on the safe side.
Good luck, it's never fun to have sick babies.
S.S. answers from San Francisco on May 30, 2008
My then 20 month old seems to have had a similar thing happen to him a few months ago. We were vacationing in Hawaii and he had a cycling fever for 5 days. My pediatrician said it is not uncommon for fevers to cycle and that Tylenol, Motrin, fluids and rest is best. He was fine in the day and kind of got worse at night. By the end of the week, he was miserable and it turned out that the cold manifested into an ear infection rather quickly; but b/c the fever was cycling, we missed the tylical cues of an ear infection (which is fever several days AFTER a cold, trouble sleeping, discomfort when prone, etc.). Best of luck. Good idea to have her ped check her out just in case it's something else.
A.W. answers from Redding on May 30, 2008
Hi, my 21 month old was doing that about 5 months ago, and like you I just associated it with teething, when her fever hit 104 I took her to the er and it turned out she had a bladder infection. Just something to keep in mind when you take her in. Hope she feels better soon. Have a good day.
S.H. answers from Redding on May 30, 2008
I know it can be scary when your not really sure whats wrong or what to do. So hang in there, however I suggest you take her to be seen. I basically have the same story as Cindy M. I was not aware that you could alternate Motrin and Tylenol, I now keep big bottles of both in the house. My 2 year old son had no symptoms of anything except this strange fever(101-103) that would come and go. I even called the doc and they said to wait a few days..5 hours later he had a febrile seizure. If you don't keep the fever down and if it spikes too fast there little bodies can't handle it, and they seize. After taking an ambulance ride( because I was so freaked out I had called 911) to the ER, they found an ear infection,that he had showed NO signs of, and his temp was 105,and rising. It was after that I found out about the alternating of the medicine as well as a tepid bath can help keep fevers down. With my son it came on VERY sudden he turned delirious and lethargic and then started a full on tonic/clonic seizure. It is something you never want to witness. I don't mean to scare you either but it was very tramtic experience for both of us, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, so please get her looked at.
Side note: My doc said boys are more likley to get these kinds of seizures.
H.M. answers from Stockton on May 30, 2008
My daughter (now 3 1/2) had similar symptoms at 17mo. We found out that she had a bladder infection. This led to the discovery that she had reflux in her ureters (tubes that connect the kidney to the bladder).This may not be the case for your daughter but it's worth checking into with the bladder infection. No other symptoms but being uncomfortable and the high fever.
T.S. answers from San Francisco on May 30, 2008
My son had the same problem at 22 months, and turns out he had Roseola, (which is a virus). After he broke the fever (a week later) he broke out in a rash throughout his body. But by the next day, he was back to his old self. Hope your little one feels better soon!