D.B. asks from Bakersfield, CA on April 01, 2009
Sick Baby! High Fever Help!
Hi! My 8 month old has had a fever for 4 days. It ranged from 101-104.5 The only thing that breaks it is tylenol or motrin but I don't want to keep drugging him up. I took him to Urgent Care. They said ears/throat/chest/nose are clear. Got a blood panel done. White blood cell count is high. They took another blood culture from him today and gave him a shot of antibiotics but the Doctor still doesn't know what's up. More results tomorrow...in the meantime....anybody out there have any experience with high fevers? I'm very concerned. My normally happy baby is so lethargic and just out of it. It's awful. Help please!
So What Happened?™
We went back to the doctor today. His white blood cell has gone up about 30 percent. The doctor was concerned about this. My son's fever has stayed at 99-100 for the past 12 hours but he appears to be in pain. He has been crying/whimpering/screaming all day and has barely slept. I think I'm going to monitor him for the next few hours and if he gets worse or stays the same I will take him to another Urgent Care to get a third opinion. Thank you all so much for your advice and prayers. I am still amazed at all the support I get through this website. I'll keep you all posted!
4-3-09 Update: Culture came back negative. He hasn't had a fever in 24 hours but he is crying almost incessantly like he is in severe pain. He hasn't eaten hardly at all. My doctor said he seems to be getting better because his fever broke but I am still very worried. Any more ideas??
P.S. answers from San Francisco on April 02, 2009
K.T. answers from San Francisco on April 02, 2009
Since my son was born anytime he gets a fever, I will strip down to just my undergarments and lay him on my chest with nothing on him and the body heat draws the fever out of his body. He is now 6.5 yrs old and it still works...hope it helps! Med's and babies do not mix, sometimes you have to go "old school".
V.R. answers from Sacramento on April 02, 2009
Didn't read the other responses, but goodness, keep seeing a Dr. about it! Even if it means going to a different ped!!
My biggest concern would be the lethargic behavior & being "out of it" - that's WAY different than a kid that's just battling a normal fever. It may ABSOLUTELY be nothing, so don't assume the worst. Maybe it's just the way his body reacts when teething or fighting something, but shoot, I wouldn't rest until at least that part of his symptoms was resolved.
E.M. answers from San Francisco on April 02, 2009
I have a different response to fever. I let it cook the pathogen out of the body.
Check with your pediatrician, but it's my understanding that even 104 is not unusual or dangerously high for a baby.
I remember my son got sick at that age, and he really looked listless, like he was dying, and I did what you did and took him to the pediatrician. The diagnosis was, "He's sick. He'll get better."
So I guess I would keep checking in with the doctor (and follow up on the UTI suggestion...that seems smart) but as long as the doc isn't too worried about it, let the fever do it's job. (Or lower it a bit, but don't use so much Tylenol that the fever disappears.)
I know it sounds crazy, but I've given Tylenol only once when my son hit 105. Anything below that makes him sleepy, and when he's sick, he needs that rest.
That said, my sister-in-law learned in nursing school that it wasn't useful to go over 102. In other words, a fever of 101 or 102 cooks the germs just as well as 105. So perhaps you could use that as a Tylenol target?
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A.T. answers from Stockton on April 02, 2009
You aren't drugging up your baby with infant Tylenol or Motrin if you are giving the proper dose and waiting 6 hours between.
According to my Pediatrician - the old wives tale of putting the bay in a cool bath can actually shock the baby into seizures! So, do the cool compress on the forehead, give lots of clear liquids, breastfeed if you can and dress Baby lightly with as much exposed skin as possible to cool him/her down. Keep the temp under 104 as best as you can, you should notice Baby perk up a little if you get the fever down with medicine. Alternate the medicines if they both work - Motrin lasts longer so give that for bedtime.
Hang in there!
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J.B. answers from Stockton on April 02, 2009
My son had this a few months ago. The doctor said it was a virus going around. The only thing I could do was Tylenol & moltrin. Every four - six hours give him one or the other. They gave me a surring for water. That was the only way I could get fluids in him. He wasn't wanting a bottle or food. I hope this helps. J.
M.S. answers from San Francisco on April 02, 2009
Babies can have febrile seizures, stroke etc.at that high of a fever. Take your baby to the emergency room right now! Don't let them release him until they know exactly what is wrong and have the fever under control. I will be thinking about you-- I hope he's ok.
F.S. answers from San Francisco on April 02, 2009
I would take your child to a different doctor and get a second opinoin. This is not right and they need to find out asap. Your little guy needs to get better now.
K.R. answers from San Francisco on April 02, 2009
I agree with the other posters...also, have them check for a UTI. And please don't give your baby a cold bath to bring down the fever...this can cause the body to go into shock and could cause a seizure. Tepid water is best. Just be persistant with those docs, and get a second opinion if needed. Good luck, God bless and know we are thinking positive thoughts for your little one!
M.G. answers from San Francisco on April 02, 2009
Four days does seem like a long time, but you are in touch with your doctor which is the critical thing.
My daughter had a fever for two days, and other friends have reported the same, so there could be some sort of bug going around. I'm also pretty sure she's teething--could that be possible for your baby?
T.D. answers from San Francisco on April 02, 2009
Fluids are the best, best thing. Maybe see if he will suck on a popsicle...something to cool him down and give him fluids at the same time. I would give him the antibiotics. Good luck and lots of prayers for you & him.