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When is a fever dangerous!

My friend's 13 month old has an ear infection..and is vomiting as well. He has a temperature of, 37.9 Is this a fever? And if so is it just low grade at this point, what temperature is considered dangerous and she should start taking measure's to bring down his fever. I have looked this all up on the internet, but every site say's something diff..so it's time to turn to the mother's on cafemom lol.
thanks!

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 6:55 PM on Mar. 17, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • p.s she took his temp by ear..if that makes a diff.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:55 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • maybe you should try taking it rectally. its more accurate. i hate doing it like that but i have had problems with ear themometers and having the temp. be off.
    SThompson21

    Answer by SThompson21 at 6:57 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Call Your Doctor Now If:
    Your child looks or acts very sick
    Any difficulty breathing
    Great difficulty swallowing fluids or saliva
    Child is confused (delirious) or has stiff neck or bulging soft spot
    Had a seizure with a fever
    Age < 12 weeks with fever > 100.4°F (38°C) rectally (Caution: do NOT give these babies any fever medicine before being seen)
    Fever > 105°F (40.6°C) at any age
    Very irritable (e.g. inconsolable crying or cries when touched or moved)
    Won't move an arm or leg normally
    Signs of dehydration (very dry mouth, no urine > 8 hours, etc.)
    Chronic disease that causes decreased immunity
    a_and_j_momma

    Answer by a_and_j_momma at 7:03 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • A rectal temp. is more accurate, however, if you don't have anything to measure it rectally, you'll have to go by the ear temp.

    Obviously, every mom's answer is going to be different as to when high temp. is a concern. I say when it gets to 101.5, its time to start bringing it down. My daughter had a temp of 104.3 one time, and the doctors never could tell me why. Kids are able to withstand higher internal body temps with less damage than adults.

    If you plan on taking him to the ER, then don't give him anything for the fever, so the ER can get an accurate temp.
    .Peaches.

    Answer by .Peaches. at 7:03 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours If:
    You think your child needs to be seen
    Age 3-6 months with fever
    Age 6-24 months with fever present > 24 hours but no other symptoms (e.g. no cold, cough, diarrhea, etc.)
    Fever repeatedly > 104°F (40°C) despite fever medicine
    Burning or pain with urination
    Fever lasts > 3 days (72 hours)
    Call Your Doctor During Weekday Hours If:
    You have other questions or concerns
    a_and_j_momma

    Answer by a_and_j_momma at 7:03 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Home Care (Read "Call Your Doctor…" first):
    Reassurance
    Presence of a fever means your child has an infection, usually caused by a virus. Most fevers are good for children and help the body fight infection.

    Use the following definitions to help put your child's level of fever into perspective:

    100-102°F (37.8-39°C): low grade fever and beneficial, desirable range
    102-104°F (39-40°C): moderate fever, still beneficial
    > 104°F (40°C): moderately high fever and causes discomfort, but harmless
    > 105°F (40.6°C): high fever - higher risk of bacterial infections (3% risk)
    > 106°F (41.1°C): very high fever - important to bring it down
    > 107°F (41.7°C): dangerous fever - the fever itself can be harmful to the brain
    a_and_j_momma

    Answer by a_and_j_momma at 7:04 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Treatment for All Fevers is Extra Fluids and Less Clothing
    Give cold fluids orally in unlimited amounts. (Reason: good hydration replaces sweat and improves heat loss via skin)
    Dress in 1 layer of light weight clothing and sleep with 1 light blanket (avoid bundling). (Caution: overheated infants can't undress themselves)
    For fevers 100-102°F (37.8-39°C), this is the only treatment needed (fever medicines are unnecessary)

    http://www.seattlechildrens.org/child_health_safety/health_advice/fever.asp
    a_and_j_momma

    Answer by a_and_j_momma at 7:05 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • thank you so much ladies!! This helps tremendously!!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:12 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Always take a butt temp its more accurate if its over 100 call the Doc, thats what my Pediatrician told me.
    ArmyWife112908

    Answer by ArmyWife112908 at 7:40 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • are you all doctors here or what
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:24 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

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