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Fever but No Other Symptoms

My son is almost eighteen months and has been running a fever for 3 days now its usually between 100 and 102.5 I can keep it down with Tylenol every four hours but then it spikes again. He has no other symptoms like runny nose or diarrhea or vomiting. I have noticed less wet diapers but he's been drinking as much as usual so I don't think he's dehydrated. I took him to the walk-in and they said his neck glands were a little swollen and his throat was a little red but he doesn't have strep. He doesn't seem to be breaking any new teeth and even so never ran a fever when any of the 12 teeth he has came through. I'm planning on calling the pediatrician tomorrow but just thought I'd get some input from other moms. Any ideas??

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I second what the others have said. Watch for a rash. My son had a fever up to 105 and no other symptoms but a small drip from his nose due to the fever being so high. He was out playing like normal at 104 and at 105 he just wanted to be cuddled. When I called my doctor about the fever I was told to watch him if it went above 104 get to the hospital right away. Well he was missed diagnosed at the hospital-he did have mildly swollen glands and red throat and her ears were a little red -from such a high fever. He was misdiagnosed with upper respiratory infection and ear infection. Well once the fever broke a rash came 3 days later. I thought it was another allergic reaction to antibiotics. Nope his pediatrician said stop antibiotics he has Roseola. He never needed the antibiotics! UGH! I even questioned the ER doctor about the antibiotics because I did not feel they were needed.

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I dont know what it could be but with a fever he should be drinking a lot more than usual. They can easily become dehydrated when they have fevers so really try and give him extra to drink.

One other possibility is Roseola. It also has about three days of a fever and then breaks into a rash on the fourth day. The fever usually breaks once the rash starts. The rash will last for a day or two. It's a virus that children only get once. My daughter had it, but had higher temps for exactly three days. The good news is that it's probably one of these wonderful viruses that you only get once and then you're immune.

Start watching for a rash. This sounds like the beginning of "Fifth's Disease" which is no big deal, just one of the childhood illnesses (similar to chicken pox but without the itch). It starts with a fever for a few days - with no other symptoms and then the baby breaks in a rash from head to foot that can last a week. However, not to scare you in any way, but if it does turn out to be 5th's then if you catch it, it can be dangerous for pregnant women, so if he does end up breaking out in a rash, you need to let your OB know. Good luck!
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This EXACT thing happened with my daughter and when I brought her in, her doctor looked at her throat too and said that he didn't think that she had strep. He ordered a strep test anyway just to rule it out. It came back positive. So, unless it's ruled out forsure with a throat culture, you just never know. I'd have a strep test done with the throat culture because some strep doesn't affect the throat to see it visually obvious. The symptoms with my daughter were exactly like you describe, no obvious symptoms other than the spike fever every few days. Get a throat culture. Or, one other possibility could be that he's getting his 1 yr molars,...they can also go undetected if your baby has a high tolerance for pain. (I didn't notice my daughters come in...they didn't bother her at all.) Good luck. hope you figure this out soon.

I second what the others have said. Watch for a rash. My son had a fever up to 105 and no other symptoms but a small drip from his nose due to the fever being so high. He was out playing like normal at 104 and at 105 he just wanted to be cuddled. When I called my doctor about the fever I was told to watch him if it went above 104 get to the hospital right away. Well he was missed diagnosed at the hospital-he did have mildly swollen glands and red throat and her ears were a little red -from such a high fever. He was misdiagnosed with upper respiratory infection and ear infection. Well once the fever broke a rash came 3 days later. I thought it was another allergic reaction to antibiotics. Nope his pediatrician said stop antibiotics he has Roseola. He never needed the antibiotics! UGH! I even questioned the ER doctor about the antibiotics because I did not feel they were needed.

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the fever isn't too high, if he isn't wetting as much maybe you could give him pedialite (the drink) just to make sure he is hydrated, even though he isn't vomiting. my son had the same type of thing, his fever was a little higher and it turned out to be roseola which is very common in young children this time of year and there isn't anything the doctors can do for the rash when it appears, they say it shouldn't be uncomfortable for him....

My son had the same thing last week. No other symptoms besides the fever. He went to the Dr. checked his ears & for strep throat but nothing. We figured it was a virus that would run its course & it did. So keep him hydrated & watch that his fever doesn't get too high & it will probably go down soon. His little body is just working hard to fight a virus or something. Take care!

Our whole neighborhood just went through this. It was just a virus. One child had white bumps in the back of his throat. The dr said it was just a virus. The fever can last 5-7 days. Just rotate Tylenol and Motrin.
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