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treating a fever

my 9 month old son has a fever of 103.6 any suggestions on getting it lower. I seems to go down for a shot time with tylanol and a sponge bath but after a while it comes right back. He is feeling so misreable i dont know how to make him feel better.

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Asked by lillahine at 11:50 AM on Nov. 18, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • If its that high call the doctor or go to the ER. A babys temp should never go that high.

    Answer by BubblesB at 11:52 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • ehhh thats pretty high for a baby. have you called his dr?
    id say a nce cool bath like your duing and give him tylenol and then alternate every two hours and give him motrine. its safe to alternate the two.
    so say at 2pm u give him tylenol then at 4pm you can give him motrin and then at 6pm tylenol and so on. obviously check with your dr on dosage first though. and make sure you are giving him plenty of liquids try pedialight if he isnt taking his formula or if your breastfeeding and he wont take the breast

    Answer by Mommy2B04 at 11:54 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • we actually just got back from the docs and she said a fever that high wont hurt him it will just make uncomfortable

    Answer by lillahine at 11:59 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • if hes been to the dr and they arnt worried about his fever then hes ok. some people over react when babies have a fever yes its high but as long as its going down here and there its ok. good luck and i hope your little man feels better soon.

    Answer by Mommy2B04 at 12:05 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • Having a fever is nature's way of fighting off something. Don't impede it - just help make him comfortable. Lot's of liquids and rest.

    Answer by Babylove76 at 12:06 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • Facts and honesty from an ER nurse:
    -Fevers 104+ we start to worry about damage. Under 104, we treat the fever the same way you would at home - with OTC meds, and cooling measures.
    -It is not a specific number that causes febrile seizures, it is how quickly the temp rises. So if you see a temp of 101 or greater, then treat it at home, don't wait for the hospital.
    - Taking of covers and clothes, and giving lukewarm baths are just as important in fever reduction as giving meds.
    -A high fever does not require a trip to the ER. Unless there is another symptom, we're only going to give meds and send you home, telling you to call your pediatrician in the morning.
    -We don't like when parents bring their kids in without having even tried motrin or tylenol at home. If it's so important that you need to come to the ER, it's important enough to give something at home!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:07 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • sorry im not trying to be rude bud I was just wondering how to make him more comfortable

    Answer by lillahine at 12:09 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • Just keep an eye on him because my son had a febrile seizure from a 103 temp. If he does have one call the doctor again. They are common and don't cause any harm but if he does have one it can't hurt to get him checked again.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:12 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • give him quiet toys to play with. try to keep him from running around. let him watch tv - something that keeps him still. take his clothes off - down to diaper and let him have pocicles. my kids like to have a cool wash cloth to hold on to and when it warms up from their bodies, I rinse in cool water again.

    Answer by Babylove76 at 12:12 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • Cool cloth and motrin. Thats really about all you can do. Motrin does work better for a fever.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:13 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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