November 21, 2010,
M.A. asks from Miami Beach, FL on June 08, 2009
11 Month Old Has Had Fever for over a Week.
My almost one year old has had an ongoing fever the past week. I took her in twice to the pediatrician's office and they've taken blood tests, urine test and checked and told me everything is fine. I don't want to give her Motrin every day. Also her stool and breath has smelled really bad. I am tired of not getting an answer. Has anyone out there encountered this and what do you recommend? Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone for the replies. To answer some of your questions, she is teething (I can see the sore gums) and her fever was running between 102-104. She still has some of the prickly rash that one of you mentioned and it sounds very similar to what your children had. I really appreciate all the help. I felt helpless as a parent because I felt as though nothing was working.
E.G. answers from Daytona Beach on June 09, 2009
Have the baby chaecked for Mono, a friend of mine went through the same thing and took her baby to the er and asked for her to be tested and she was positive for mono..
T.B. answers from Miami on June 09, 2009
Fever, although scary to a first time parent, is not necessarirly dangerous. You did not mention how high the fever has been. My ped said that for a child under 2, it's really a fever unless it's 101.1 or greater. Children can take higher temperatures. Fever is also an indicator of the body trying to fight an infection. Both of my daughters, ironically when they were both 11 months old, came down with Roseola. They call it the first childhood illness, as everyone gets it. It is viral, so no medication is necessary but ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the fever. The fever is the tell tale sign of the illness, which lasts for about a week. With my experience with my 3 children who have all had Roseola, the fever comes on high and seemingly out of nowhere. Unless ibuprofen or acetaminophen is given, the fever will persist and will often "peak" to the highest temperature and then after a few days, the fever will come down until a lovely prickly heat looking red rash covers the baby's abdomen, back, legs, neck and/or arms. The baby could have foul smelling poop but I can't say I noticed anything about the breath. Some babies have breath issues but it could be unrelated to the illness. The fever with Roseola will last about a week with little to no other symptoms but the rash after the fever breaks will be the confirming symptom that it's Roseola. The rash often lasts 3-5 days. I wouldn't have your doctor initiate any more tests on your baby unless the fever has been present with other bothersome symptoms for well over a week. Fevers are not bad...just manage them properly to make your baby comfortable.
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J.S. answers from Miami on June 09, 2009
You would be wise to not give her Motrin or any other over-the-counter medication at all. If there's a fever the body has a reason for it and using medication to suppress it is dangerous unless it's an extremely high fever that poses a threat to the brain. You may want to make sure your child is properly hydrated and getting the immune support of natural mother's milk (if you are using medicines yourself that can taint your milk). Colostrum is a supplement that helps the immune system, so you could consider a colostrum supplement. Also, avoid subjecting your baby to any vaccinations while she's having this issue, and if this arose after immunization shots then I'd think twice before allowing her to receive any future vaccines.
A.C. answers from Macon on November 21, 2010
A virus can come with fevers for a week or more. As long as you have taken her to doc and tests have been run I would try not to worry. The bad breath can come from constipation alone which may have nothing to do with the sickness. She may be constipated from the ibuprofen-my children get constipated alot from both acetominophen and ibuprofen. Give her some pear juice and she will be good to go. Hope she gets better soon.
J.A. answers from Jacksonville on June 09, 2009
Find a different doctor? What are you considering a fever? Some doctors fail to mention that in small children anything under 101 is normal. Has her diet changed? Is she teething? Both of these things can result in smelly diapers and possably bad breath. This will sound crazy, but are you sure it's her breath that stinks? My daughter put something up her nose when she was about 14 months and it went into her sinus, the "bad breath" was actually coming from her nose. (It was stuffing from a stuffed animal). I would keep investigating until you figure it out. Good luck.
T.J. answers from Fort Walton Beach on June 09, 2009
My recommendation is to see a different pediatrician. I have not seen this with my kids, but you need a second opinion anyway.
Good luck and God bless.
M.H. answers from Gainesville on June 08, 2009
I would hold off on the Motrin and let the fever run its course. I would only treat if it goes above 103. Maybe by artificially lowering it with meds, you are not giving it a chance to "break." Keep her well hydrated and let the infection run its course unless any other worrisome symptoms develop, then see your doctor again.
V.A. answers from Tallahassee on June 09, 2009
I had a similar problem when my son was 18 months old and ran a fever for 11 days. After about a week, of alternating Tylenol and Motrin, I got tired of going through so much medicine and putting it in his body. This is what I did, and it helped so much.
If you have a juicer, juice carrots and celery and an apple to sweeten it, then give her 2-3 tablespoons every hour. If she'll take more, give her more, (that's all my son would take, but he did like it)
The carrot is a natural fever reducer, and the celery when used with the carrot acts as a natural antibiotic, and the apple sweetens it making it more pleasant to drink especially for children. This will hydrate her and make her feel better. Natural remedies do take a little longer than traditional medicines but you will see a difference.
I learned this information from a medical missionary who worked in other countries helping with health problems to heal naturally without the use of medicines.
Hope this helps! If you need any more information, please feel free to write.
A.G. answers from Mayaguez on June 09, 2009
Get another opinion. Bad breath can be a throat infection.