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my daughters temp went up again

she had a temp earlier or 101.2 and now its 102.5 now the last post the 2 replies i got they said dont worry...what about now?! im worrying more now

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kuuipo317

Asked by kuuipo317 at 7:50 PM on Nov. 21, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • I didn't see your other questions. Here is some info on fever from the Children's Hospital in Denver including when to call the doctor and when to go to the hospital.

    http://www.thechildrenshospital.org/wellness/at_home/fever/fever.aspx

    Fever is a defense that the body uses to kill viruses and other germs. We know that germs growing in cultures die if you turn up the temperature too much. The same is happening in your body when your brain turns up the temperature when you get sick. Getting a fever is an important part of your body's defense against infection.

    So why do we try to stop fevers by using "fever reducers"?? The concept of a medicine with the purpose of reducing fever is against current medical knowledge (for the past 30 years!). Yet it has been massively hyped up by the drug industry to sell more products. From a medical standpoint, the ONLY reason to treat a fever with medication is for comfort.
    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 7:55 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • I still wouldn't worry. It's not that high of a temp. How is she acting otherwise?
    A fever itself isn't anything to worry about... it's just a sign that she is sick and that her body is trying to fight it off (the body raises it's temp to burn off whatever it is)
    There are probably hundreds of illnesses in childhood that cause fevers... most of them are viruses and are harmless.
    If she starts to have trouble breathing, has very frequent vomiting or diarrhea, becomes lethargic or is showing signs of dehydration then she needs to be seen by a doctor. Otherwise just wait it out.
    If she is miserable you can give Tylenol and Motrin to make her feel better... but if you let the fever be she will get better faster.
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 7:57 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • Nope, still wouldn't be worried. How is she acting? A fever is a good thing and it's the body's way of taking care of itself. If she is crabby, give her some motrin at night to help her sleep. Make sure she is hydrated and give her some vit C.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:07 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • When did you last give her Tylenol? If within the last 2 hours, keep a closer eye on her and make a call to the doctor...UNLESS....she's gone to bed and you're taking the temperature with her all bundled under the covers.

    Keep in mind that if it's nighttime and she's in bed it's NORMAL for the temperature to go up.

    If it's been more than (or close to) 4 hours since you last gave medication, give her another dose ONCE THE 4 HOURS IS UP.

    If she's dehydrating and/or acting lethargic...make a call to your pediatrician.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:19 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • thank you everyone
    kuuipo317

    Answer by kuuipo317 at 10:41 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • Pick up "How to Raise a Healthy in Spite of Your Dr", which has great information on fevers:http://http://www.attachmentparentingdoctor.com/fever.html

    Dr. Sears: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t082100.asp
    happytexasCM

    Answer by happytexasCM at 11:45 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • A fever is not an illness in itself -- it's the symptom of an underlying problem (usually an infection), just as a car's engine light acts as an alarm signal. And not every one is necessarily serious. A higher fever doesn't always indicate a sicker child. Minor viral illnesses may produce a high temperature (104°F to 105°F), while some serious bacterial infections -- like meningitis -- may cause a lower one (101°F to 102°F).

    happytexasCM

    Answer by happytexasCM at 11:45 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • Also, a fever that spikes high but subsides quickly is usually less of a worry than a mild fever that doesn't come down easily.

    The best way to know when to be concerned: Watch your child, not the thermometer, for increasing signs of illness. (One exception: If an infant 3 months or younger has a rectal temperature above 100.5°F for more than eight hours, you should call the doctor right away, whether or not she shows any other signs of illness.)
    happytexasCM

    Answer by happytexasCM at 11:46 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • Most fevers will go down within a few days, but in the meantime, here are some ways to help your child feel more comfortable:

    * Dress her in light, breathable clothing, to let the heat radiate out of her body. Don't bundle her in heavy blankets or cover her head.
    * Give your little one plenty of fluids -- such as water and juice -- so that she doesn't dehydrate.
    * Keep your child calm, since too much activity and fussing can raise her body temperature. Make sure she gets a good night's sleep too.And, of course, if your child's temperature continues to rise over a few days and she gets progressively sicker, call your pediatrician.
    happytexasCM

    Answer by happytexasCM at 11:47 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

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