K.F. asks from Rosamond, CA on December 16, 2009
My 5 year old daughter had a slight fever yesterday morning so I kept her home from school. It was 99.5 at 6:45am taken under her arm, so not very high. Gave her some motrin and she was completely cool within an hour. She didn't get warm again until 4:30pm and it said 101.1. Again it broke within a hour and she ate a whole sandwich for lunch and two full bowls of soup for dinner and is acting like her normal self. I checked her again at 10pm and it was 98.6. Once she woke up this morning it was 102. I gave her motrin and within an hour she was cool and is still acting completely normal. I am so confused. What could it be if she has a fever but NO change in temperment. I don't want to rush to her dr and expose her to extra germs but I just want some advice. Anyone have any?
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@Helen, thanks for the response. Her nose sounds a little stuffy but that's the only symptom. She isn't achy or fatigued and she is eating Exactly the same as always. No stomach ache or diarreha. She says she feels fine. I am having her drink TONS of water and she keeps everything down. No changes in the way she acts or anything just a semi stuffed nose and a fever. She eats normal and keeps everything down.
T.F. answers from Modesto on December 21, 2009
If there is fever there is infection some where. I would take her in inspite of germs. I't sounds to me like she's got a virus of some sort. I would'nt wait for it to worsen.
A.J. answers from Sacramento on December 17, 2009
Just wanted to second the teething response by the previous mom..I know they say fever isn't a sign of teething. But my 51/2 yr old nephew has had sporatic fevers over that last month or two w/ no other symptoms either. Only thing different is that he's cutting his molars. His temp also ranged from 100-102. Other than getting sick everytime his mom medicated, he's had no other symptoms at all. Apparently his body can't tolerate the high fever w/ meds. (he's been that way since an infant).
C.D. answers from San Francisco on December 17, 2009
there is this virus going around where the only symptom is a moderate fever. My 2 y.o. son had it in early Nov. I kept waiting for the illness to grow into stomach flu, or a chest or nasal infection but nothing happened except the fever. He ate pretty well and played,he was a little tired but overall was fine in about 3 days Keep up with fluids and hopefully it passes soon
J.K. answers from Mansfield on December 16, 2009
K. I know you already got a very good answer on this but I wanted to add my 2 cents. Fever is always a symptom of something wrong with the body. What most people do not seem to understand is that a fever is a necessary part of healing as well. When you reduce the fever with medication the body is unable to fight whatever it is trying to get rid of. The same way our body vomits something that is bad for us... if we take anti-vomit medication we are keeping dangerous stuff inside instead of letting the body do its job. I never ever ever give my kids anything for fever, they heal much faster. Give her tons of fluids, water, is best, some gatorade like stuff is ok... stay away from sugars (even juice and dairy) they feed infection not matter if it is baterial or viral. If the fever is making her terribly uncomfortable cool her off with cool compresses or luke warm baths. Let her body do its job and she will be healthier faster! Believe it or not fevers are a good thing. Obviously if they get in the danger zone call the doctor immediately but up to 103 is ok.
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D.R. answers from Sacramento on December 17, 2009
Is your daughter uncomfortable with the slight fever? I know when my kids are febrile, I never treat them until they tell me they are not feeling well. I have 2 kids, and my son can't handle fevers, but my daughter has had 102 temps and still felt fine and didn't want to take any meds.
If she's eating and drinking well and not complaining of pain then that is a good sign. I would wonder about UTI's if she keeps spiking fevers though. A simple test can rule out a UTI. Hope she's better soon!
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A.A. answers from San Francisco on December 18, 2009
I know you have gotten a lot of great advice, but I just wanted to share my personal experience with fevers and my daughter that may be of help to you.
When my youngest daughter was little, she often would get a fever with no other symptoms. I learned if I let it run it's course, only gave her water and Pedialyte (unless she asked for food) and let her sleep WITHOUT Motrin, she would get over whatever she had in 48 hours and be completely well again. The only time I gave her Motrin is if it got up over 103 and other home remedies wouldn't cool it or if she was awake and miserable. I was amazed at her body's ability to successfully fight off bugs so quickly with little suffering by just letting the fever do it's job. It used to be scary since I rarely had fevers myself as a kid, so I would get worried, but I finally just realized she has a great immune system response if I would just let it work it's magic :)
I hope your daughter feels better soon!
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D.T. answers from San Francisco on December 17, 2009
You never let her fever do what it is meant to do - burn off viral invaders. You suppressed it so quickly, but her body still has the virus and wants to burn it off - thus the up and down. Motrin is ibuprofen - acetaminophen is for fever-reducing - but you only want to help bring the fever down if it gets really high. Otherwise, lots of fluids, rest and a cool cloth on her head would do wonders - and speed the healing process. Whenever we intervene with drugs for the common cold, it can slow the healing time and give this back and forth that you saw in your daughter.
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J.L. answers from Sacramento on December 17, 2009
My daughter has this last Friday...and I kept her home since I had just gotten over the flu weeks ago....She started complaining about her legs hurting and later that day I wrote it off as just a growth spurt during the day...but now that I read your post....maybe it was a 24 hour bug that is going around.....
T.M. answers from San Francisco on December 17, 2009
My 3 year old experienced an illness much like this two weeks ago. Her fever would escalate throughout the day, but was well controlled with medication. However the fever spikes had me concerned as well. I contacted her peditrician and told her about my daughter's symptoms. Her response surprised me. I was told not to bring my daughter into the hospital, as I had intended. Rather her doctor told me that they were seeing children/ patients only under dire conditions and all calls of this nature were given a tentative diagnosis of swine flu. I say this not to alarm you but to share my experience. Her doctor prescribed tamiflu, which my husband picked up from the pharmacy that day. The doctor said that my daughter would likely experience spikes in fever for about 3-4 days, which she did, and that I should continue giving her children's Tylenol to control the fever and flu like symptoms. The Tamiflu, which she took two times a day was to prevent the virus from spreding internally. I was concerned, but my doctor reassured me that with the medication and a careful watchful eye, my daughter would get better within the week. Just as my doctor had described, was the course of the illness.
My daughter received the first round of the nasal swine-flu medication, but because the medicine was unavailable, she never got the second dose.
I reccommend that you call your peditrician and discuss your daughter's sypmtoms and see what she/ he says. Good luck.
A.P. answers from Sacramento on December 16, 2009
If her nose is a little stuffy, and she's got a low grade temp, it may be a mild ear infection.
You could wait it out, try ear drops and ibuprofen for pain, and it may clear as her eustachian tubes dry up. Call your doc or your nurse for best advice, but in my experience, my kid's ears give her mild fevers if they get blocked by colds or allergies. She's otherwise fine and dandy.
FYI: I found out recently from our pediatrician that temperatures get higher at night naturally, so that may explain her being noticeably hotter in the afternoon/and upon waking up.
S.S. answers from San Francisco on December 17, 2009
hey K. -
aren't we supposed to add a degree to the underarm temp? i think so...
also, i have had more then one nurse tell me not to give medication to bring low fevers down, only higher more dangerous fevers (over 102/103) - especially if the kid is not complaining of aches and pains - because the fever is the body fighting the illness and to tamp down the fever is hindering the bodies natural fight of the illness...
i'm sure you'll get lots of great advice and you're doing wonderfully :) - - also, if you have medical insurance they most likely have an advice nurse you can call: that will set your mind at ease, too, to talk to a nurse! :)