M.L. asks from San Marcos, TX on October 27, 2009
Fever - San Marcos,TX
my 10 month old has had a fever for about 24hrs and has yet to break his fever.
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D.C. answers from College Station on October 27, 2009
"Most fevers associated with viral illnesses range between 101 and 104 and last for 2 to 3 days. In general, the height of the fever doesn't relate to the seriousness of the illness. How sick your child acts is what counts. ...
Call you child's physician immediately if:
- the fever is over 105
- your child is crying inconsolably or whimpering
- your child cries if you touch him or move him
- your child is difficult to awaken
- the neck is stiff (Note: the inability to touch the chin to the chest is an early symptom of meningitis.) [That might be hard for you to "test" with a 10-month-old.]
- any purple spots are present on the skin
- breathing is difficult _and_ no better after you clear the nose
- your child is drooling saliva and is unable to swallow anything
- a convulsion has occurred
- your child acts or looks ver sick (Note: If your child hasn't received acetaminophen (like Tylenol), recheck his condition 1 hour after giving him a proper amount.)
Call you child's physician within 24 hours if:
- burning or pain occurs with urination
- the fever has been present more than 24 hours without an obvious cause or location of infection
Call you child's physician during office hours if:
- the fever went away for more than 24 hours and then returned [ ? this doesn't make much sense to me, oh well]
- the fever has been present more than 72 hours
- your child has a history of febrile seizures
- you have other questions
Remember: Fever is helping your child fight the infection. Use drugs if the fever is over 102, but preferably only if your child is also uncomfortable. Acetaminophen will reduce the fever by 2 to 3 degrees by 2 hours after it is given. ... If your child is sleeping, don't awaken him or her for medicines.
Definition of fever
- rectal temperature over 100.4 degrees F is a fever
- oral temperature over 99.5 degrees F is a fever
- axillary (armpit) temperature over 98.6 degrees F is a fever
Retaking the temperature:
In general, take the temperature once a day in the morning until the fever is gone. Take it more often if your child feels very hot or is acting miserable despite receiving acetaminophen; he may also need sponging. In addition, take it before calling your physician / physician's office.
With most infections, the level of fever bounces around for 2 to 3 days. Shivering (or feeling cold) means the fever is going up, a flushed (pink) appearance means the fever is peaked, and seating means it is coming down. The main purpose of temperature taking is to determine if a fever is present or absent, not to chart its every move.
Extra fluids: Extra fluids should be encouraged but not forced. Body fluids are lost during fevers because of seating.
Less Clothing: Clothing should be kept to a minimum, because most heat is lost through the skin. Do not bundle up your child; it will cause a higher fever. Be especially careful with infants who are unable to undress themselves if they become overheated. During the time your child feels cold or has shivering (the chills), give him a light blanket.
Reduced Activity: Discourage any vigorous activities, because they produce additional heat that the body must release. Normal play, however, is fine."
Hope your child feels better soon.
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B.B. answers from Salt Lake City on October 27, 2009
Try to keep the temp under 103*. You can alternate tylenol and motrin.
M.S. answers from Austin on October 28, 2009
S.O. answers from San Antonio on October 28, 2009
I wouldn't worry too much unless it is very high. A low grade fever isn't too much of a concern. Call your doctor or Call-a nurse hotline.
J.T. answers from Austin on October 29, 2009
have you given him infant tylenol yet? what is his temperature? Have you contacted his pediatrician? Perhaps he's teething. Does he like to bite down on things. Is he crying constantly? You don't provide much info on your situation.
Contact your pediatrician. We're not really doctors on here so I would strongly suggest you get advice from a doctor to help you on this.
B.E. answers from Houston on October 28, 2009
take him to the doctor.
T.W. answers from Austin on October 28, 2009
Good Morning...I'm sorry to hear about your baby having a fever. We give our little guy a "feel good bath". It consists of 2 heaping teaspoons of Ginger, 2 cups of Epsom salt, a 1/2 cup of Lavender and he just sweats it out. Leave him in the bath for about 10 minutes (I always get in with him). Once he gets out, wrap him in a couple of towels, and he'll sweat that fever right out. If his body aches, the lavender will help his muscles to relax and the Ginger and Epsom salt will help him sweat. He'll feel so relaxed he'll take a good nap and should wake up feeling much better. Keep me posted!!!
C.M. answers from Austin on October 28, 2009
If it a high grade fever take him to the Dr. If it won't come down with Motrin (ask Dr for dose), take him in. If he has other symtoms, at least call. If it is just a low grade fever, with no other symptoms, it may just be teething. I am not a medical professional! I would take mine to the doctor with all the crazy stuff going around this year.