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Fever. How high is 'too high'

Her temp was 103.2 under the arm so add a degree right? It's gone down now to 102.3 under the arm. How high is too high if she is still eating and walking around?
She is 2


Asked by Anonymous at 5:06 PM on Mar. 8, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • If she is acting fine, then the fever isn't a big deal. We live in a culture of "fever phobia" but fever's are harmless... it's the body's natural way of killing of the virus or bacteria.
    What you want to watch for is other symptoms that go along with fever... if she's not drinking and is getting dehydrated, having difficulty breathing, becomes very lethargic, or the fever is over 101 for more than 5 days.
    And after giving Tylenol and Motrin as long as the fever is coming down it's fine... it doesn't have to be down to normal. (wait an hour after giving medications to check again, if it's not down wait another 30 mins and see)
    Kids can easily have temps that spike to 105 with common childhood illnesses and temps can go up to 107, but they aren't common. I would call your pediatrician if it's over 105.5.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 5:24 PM on Mar. 8, 2010

  • our ped told us not to add a degree anymore???not sure why the change. that is okay for now. 103 and 104 are high but it's okay.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:08 PM on Mar. 8, 2010

  • 104.00 is too high but if it is going down it is ok, you can give a reducer at 102.01 but it is only for comfort and not needed.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 5:08 PM on Mar. 8, 2010

  • have you given motrin yet?

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:10 PM on Mar. 8, 2010

  • OP: She had tylenol a couple of hours ago. DH is picking up motrin on the way home. Thanks.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:19 PM on Mar. 8, 2010

  • If she is eating and acting normal, don't worry. Just give Motrin to bring the fever down. If it goes over 104, then take her to the ER. Keep her hydrated too.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 7:27 PM on Mar. 8, 2010

  • We just went to the doctor bcuz our 21 month old was sick and her fever spiked 103.2. We were told that she had bronchitis and they warned us to watch the fever closely bcuz anything over 103 in a child under 2 is very dangerous.

    Answer by drewp12 at 2:26 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • My friends son just had a febral seizure caused by a 103.4 fever. He was walking around and acting fine, went to the beach and played, went to church... she didnt realize he was sick. He took a nap and seizured. Be careful. If the fever goes up again, alternate tylenol and motrin every 2 hours.
    My DR told me any fever over 100.4 is concerning, but if you can bring it down with meds and it stays down for a while, then dont stress too much.

    Answer by Auntiemom410 at 1:54 PM on Mar. 17, 2010