K.R. asks from Sun City, CA on March 30, 2009
Night Time Fever
My 2 1/2 year old son has had a fever for the past two nights. he is fine and has no problems furing the day. around 8:00, he starts getting warm. By the time he is asleep he will have a 101 temp. So he has not been able to get a full night sleep, neither have I! i have tried giving him both chewable and liquid motrin and he will not swallow either. If anyone has any advise or has gone through this before, could you please help me out with some advice??? Thank you in advance.
L.S. answers from Las Vegas on March 30, 2009
I would check with the ped since teething fevers do not usually go that high-fevers that high are usually something else in nature. And Motrin works better for fevers. L.
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R.J. answers from San Diego on March 30, 2009
We've always gotten nighttime fevers with teething...up to around 103...but usually in the low 99/101 range.
You can put the liquid medicine in a cup of hot chocolate just before bed, or mix it up with juice, or you can do it preemptively with the syrup or a chewable with dinner. We always had our best luck with hot chocolate...but then that's because it's OUR son's favorite! :) Find something yours likes and mix it up.
For the record :) BOTH tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin (ibuprofen) are fever reducers. Sometimes one will work better then the other for some people. You can actually take a full dose of each, at the same time, if you're desperate, or if one isn't having much effect. The "not having much effect" on the fever is *Usually* do to the strength of the fever...and not the efficacy of the med.
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J.L. answers from San Diego on March 30, 2009
Hi K., for some reason illnesses and fevers are worsr at night. Does he have his 2 year molors? if not he may be getting then,even though he is over 2, with some children they take awhile before they are all the way in. If you don't think it is that call his pedeatrician and see what they say, J. L.
J.B. answers from Los Angeles on March 30, 2009
it sounds like he may be getting his molars in (if he doesnt have both sets already). maybe try something to numb his mouth then try to get a pain reliver in him. good luck.
J.S. answers from Los Angeles on March 30, 2009
When we sleep our body temperature goes up automatically. Although it should not be that high. Tylenol works better for fevers and motrin better for pain. You can also try (which I would use and prefer) Belladonna. It's a homeopathic and the one time that my son has had a fever it brought it down.