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Would you wake a sleeping toddler to check his temperature or let him sleep longer than usual?

My 2 yr old had a 101.2 temperature this morning, and he's been asleep for about 3 hours now (usually only naps around 2 hrs). He was slightly irritable, had no appetite but did drink a little, and seemed pretty tired. No other symptoms so far, but I've heard it can take awhile after the fever shows up. Just worried.


Asked by Anonymous at 4:33 PM on Jun. 30, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I would let him sleep and then take his temp when he wakes up

    Answer by Decker at 4:34 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • feel him and if he feels hotter than he was, then wake him up, if not then let him sleep!

    Answer by CAGirl4 at 4:35 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • I would let him sleep, but I would go in and check on him, make sures hes breathing alright and just feel him and see if he feels too warm

    Answer by xxMasonsMommaxx at 4:35 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • i would take his temp while hes sleeping.

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 4:35 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • let him sleep. his body is hard at work.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 4:35 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • I took it under the arm. I could take the temp without waking. Just remember to add 1 degree to whatever the thermometer says.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 4:35 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • I always took her temp while sleeping. I even did it last night and she is now 5 1/2. If you do it in the pit, just roll him on his back and stick it under his arm.
    I would wake her up if I needed to after a long nap. I just did a few minutes ago, she's been a little sick too. She first told me to go away, then rolled over and offered her butt and said "take it like you did when I was a baby", then just rolled back over and mumbled "hurry". Her temp was the same, so she didn't get any more meds just yet.
    If you think he needs it taken, then take it. He'll go back to sleep if he's tired enough.

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 4:36 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • try giving tylenol if he seems uncomfertable. my 2 and 5 year old just got over having a fever last week they were 102.3 I gave them tylenol and checked the temp when they woke up, but if they were sleeping I didn't wake them up to check the temp. I just waited until they woke up. He is probably sleeping a more because he doesn't feel good nothing with that. Let him sleep as long as he wants to.

    Answer by mommy5409 at 4:36 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • Kids normally sleep longer when they are sick. It's the body's way to heal. I would let him sleep and then take it when he wakes

    Answer by Jademom07 at 4:37 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • I would feel their forehead or face or kiss them on the forehead to judge how hot they were. If they seemed really hot, then I'd take their temperature.

    Answer by Bmat at 4:37 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

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