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101.4 fever in 8 year old. when do I need to worry? Like 103?

I caved and gave him Children's Advil because he's miserable and the sore throat is nasty too. But at what point do I need the ER if it goes up? I can't remember! Thanks!


Asked by jeanclaudia at 10:45 PM on Oct. 22, 2012 in General Parenting

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  • 101-103. It depends on age and other symptoms. You can always call urgent care centers and ask them. They'd probably answer that for free. Some of those 24 hour nurse lines might try to verify you as a member, but just pretend you can't find your member info.

    Call Health Line Blue, our nurse support line, at 1-877-477-2424.


    Answer by hellokittykat at 3:50 AM on Oct. 23, 2012

  • My Dr. always told me to call him at 103 and head to the ER at 104
    Different kids, different needs though.
    Has the doctor seen him for his sore throat? If so what did he say was the cause?
    If not is it just red or with blister like things, swollen glands?
    Also I just remembered something else he said and that is if the eyes get glassy go to the ER.
    As long as he is drinking fluids he will probably be fine.

    Answer by Dardenella at 11:29 PM on Oct. 22, 2012

  • Its 103, but I dont wait til that point once it hits 102 I take them to the hospital, I dont take chances with fevers, I hope he gets better soon.

    Answer by toybar02 at 1:51 AM on Oct. 23, 2012

  • If you are unsure they have 24 hour nurses you can call if you need advice, good luck with everything

    Answer by toybar02 at 2:05 AM on Oct. 23, 2012

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    Answer by Christine0813 at 7:26 AM on Oct. 23, 2012

  • ER at 104 0r above.

    Answer by louise2 at 6:58 AM on Oct. 23, 2012

  • I would go to the doctor. Does your peds clinic have a nurse line? Can you see a nurse practitioner?


    Answer by booklover545 at 10:00 AM on Oct. 23, 2012

  • thank you. throat doesn't look like strep and isn't particularly red but he is complaining like crazy. He hasn't gone in yet since I figured it was just a virus but maybe I have to, he's miserable and it's only been 24 hours. He is drinking and eating a bit. I'll keep an eye out for the 103 and reassess in the morning.

    Comment by jeanclaudia (original poster) at 11:35 PM on Oct. 22, 2012

  • Hope he feels better soon

    Answer by Alisim at 6:08 PM on Oct. 23, 2012

  • Thanks for the links and all the advice ladies! he is better!

    Comment by jeanclaudia (original poster) at 6:54 PM on Oct. 23, 2012

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