E.K. asks from Kalamazoo, MI on April 21, 2011
High Fever in Toddler
So my dd is 21 months- she has been a little stuffy and running a slight fever so i took her to our doctor yesterday. her fever was 101.5 and the dr said there were no signs of infection and just to give her tylenol to treat the fever and she would get better on her own. well i just took her temp and it was 103.4 underarm- so 104.4 or so actual. gave her another dose of tylenol ( her last one was 4+ hrs ago) so hopefully it will come down soon...im still debating taking her to the ER- On one hand the dr already said theres nothing they can do but a fever that high is scaring me! what would u do??
So What Happened?™
So thanks to everyone for your thoughts and suggestions... her fever came down with the tylenol and finally broke around 4 am. today she is back to her old sassy self and feeling fine:)
J.S. answers from Chicago on April 21, 2011
Have you tried alternating tylenol with motrin?? My 3 kids use to get high fevers fairly often. Unfortunately, with no infections, there is really nothing that the doctors can do. My pediatrician always has me alternate the tylenol with motrin, 3-4 hrs between. Just give a dose of tylenol now, and then a dose of motrin in 3-4 hours. That is usually what works best for my kids.
I hope she gets better :)
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K.M. answers from Chicago on April 21, 2011
UMMMM IF you have NOT taken her in yet then DO SO NOW!
I do not mean to yell but ... there is no other way to get it across.
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S.S. answers from Denver on April 21, 2011
I would say call your pediatrician's office and speak with the on-call doctor. You really need to be seen if the Tylenol does not bring the
fever down. I think our doctor has us call if it is ever above 104.... They don't want it going too much higher. Good luck and I hope your little one
gets better soon.
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C.W. answers from Las Vegas on April 21, 2011
I agree with Jackie about alternating. At 106 your supposed to take them into the ER, cuz at 107 it damages the brain. Push liquids, clear juices and water, pedialyte... she's got to stay hydrated. They could hydrate her if you brought her in, if she gets higher, like 106, take her to the ER, tell them and insist they treat her and hydrate her if they decline b/c that is when it gets risky and dangerous.
Personally I would be blowing up my ped's phone, telling them omg her temperature is 104, what do I do lol... I'm a worry wart about her when she's sick.
K.M. answers from Detroit on April 22, 2011
My daughter had similar symptoms and got worse like your daughter. We took her back to the doctors and her virus turned into pneumonia! I would take your daughter in since the fever has gotten worse. Good luck!
T.M. answers from Philadelphia on April 21, 2011
A luke warm bath helps also. It feels mean, they shiver and cry, but the temp drops. You can also do a cold washcloth on her forehead. Sometimes i give them a light sheet and a fan for a little. I hope she feels better soon.
L.S. answers from Dallas on April 21, 2011
Usually in children a fever does mean infection some where~ ear, strep throat ect. Is she teething? Teething can bring on different symptoms like runny nose, drainage, fever, refusal to eat or sleep, even a yeast infection. Motrin normally will be more effective then tylenol, at 21 months she should be able to have this or the off brand for motrin. If the fever gets to high fill your sink with room temp water and soak her feet, put a room temp wash rag on her neck, head and wrist. This should drop the fever with in mins.
D.G. answers from Houston on April 21, 2011
If fever doesn't come back down with Tylenol I would call the doc right now for advice or head to the ER. Especially if your daughter is acting lethargic or in pain.