A.M. asks from Lake Wales, FL on March 23, 2010
My 2 year old son has been running a low/moderate fever for the past two and a half days. Nothing lower than 99.5 and nothing higher than 101.8. I have been giving him tylenol. The thing is, there seems to be nothing wrong with him. He is not stuffy/congested. There is no nasal drainage or stomach issues. He is playing and napping normally throughout the day. If he wakes up tomorrow still running a temp, I am taking him to the doctor. Any thoughts or feelings on what is going on? I was thinking something viral..but I don't know. As I am typing this though, I can hear him breathing in the other room....without the monitor on. Sore throat maybe? Any thoughts or opinions on this matter? Thanks for any help in advance.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I only give him Tylenol when his fever is over 101.5, per dr. orders. He was not pulling on his ears and his throat was a little red (nothing serious imo) so I though I would let him be. But at 4am his temp was over 103, so I took him to the dr. this morning. He has strep. Go figure...the kid never complained. Anyways, I appreciate all your help.
B.R. answers from Tampa on March 24, 2010
Maybe he's cutting a tooth - and YES, while many will argue that children don't get fevers because of this, I will tell you definitively that (especially having twins - what a science experiment) while one son NEVER ran a fever when a tooth came in, the other one nearly always ran a very low-grade fever. Within a week there was a new tooth popping through. So that's a possibility for you to consider.
L.C. answers from Orlando on March 23, 2010
My kids' pediatrician convinced me years ago that a fever is the body's natural way of fighting an infection, and unless the child is completely miserable (or the fever is very high) that you should NOT be giving them medication to bring the fever down because you may be just prolonging the infection by not letting the body fight it off. The doctor can see things you can't, like the back of his throat and inside his ears. Take him or at least call the doctor.
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T.C. answers from Johnson City on March 23, 2010
well mine did that when they were cutting teeth molars especially, no discomfort or anything but it was a sign of new teeth comming in.
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T.S. answers from Sacramento on March 23, 2010
Could be teeth if he doesn't already have them all. FYI, my pediatrician (and baby books) recommend against fever reducers for a fever under 101.6 unless it's keeping him from sleeping or eating. Since he seems fine otherwise, I'd stop with the Tylenol and let the fever run it's course.
Hope this helps,
M.C. answers from Washington DC on March 24, 2010
OMG! I just read this and your update. I was going to suggest strep!!! My kids NEVER show symtoms except a fever.
C.S. answers from Charlotte on March 24, 2010
May be a virus and he's asymptomatic. Some viruses are slow acting. Your body knows it's there and tries to chase it away with a fever, but it may take a few days for they symptoms to appear. When my children were that age and got a fever, 9 out of 10 times it was an ear infection. If he acts and feels ok it's probably nothing serious, but the doctor should be able to tell you what's going on.
A.C. answers from Dallas on March 23, 2010
Well for the fever alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 4 hours (this is safe, I have a 2 year old too and her pediatrician recommended this). Just make sure not to give the same medication more than every 8 hours. Alternating does keep the fever down. It may be allergies. Definitely take him to the doctor. Good luck! I hate it when my daughter is sick too!
S.B. answers from Tampa on March 24, 2010
I would wait 5 days before taking him to the Dr (if the fever stays lowgrade and he has no other symptoms)... this way, if it IS something like an ear infection they'll be able to see it- on day 3 it sometimes doesn't shoe & then you are back in a week again (& by then it's bad). It is very likely his 2 yr molars or something mild/viral if he has no symptoms. Hope he feels better soon!
K.S. answers from Kansas City on March 24, 2010
My son had this a couple of weeks ago. It went away in a day, and a few days later both my husband and I got really sick, but our son never had more than the fever, just that one night.