She's 3, and woke up this morning with a temp of 100.4, unmedicated. It was normal before we left for a day trip, (two hours later, medicated.) Her fever has gone up and down all day, from no fever at all, to 99.7 to, currently, 103.0. I have kept her hydrated, and she isn't exhibiting other signs of sickness, other than a minor cough (VERY minor) and some tiredness, when the fever get a little higher. What is odd about it is that her fever will be higher about 2 hours after she is medicated, then it will go down until about an hour before her next dose is due, and it will go back up about 30 minutes before her next dose is due.
When do I take her to the emergency room? How often should I take her temperature? Other than the basics (keeping her hydrated, keeping her cool, lots of love and attention, and making sure she is comfortable) what else can I do? How long should I keep her out of school? (Fever started today, Saturday, and she should go back Monday at 7:00 am)
Answer by Chloesmom1126 at 12:10 AM on Apr. 17, 2011
Answer by Lucky209 at 12:11 AM on Apr. 17, 2011
Answer by calliesmommie at 12:12 AM on Apr. 17, 2011
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Answer by calliesmommie at 12:14 AM on Apr. 17, 2011
Answer by Lucky209 at 12:18 AM on Apr. 17, 2011
ARE FEVERS DANGEROUS? - No. Many parents have a misconception that fevers are a bad thing and a sign that there is some serious underlying illness. This simply is not true. Fever is a normal and healthy response of the body to an illness. The body's immune system releases chemicals that raise the body temperature. This is part of the normal infection-fighting process.
Answer by Crafty26 at 12:19 AM on Apr. 17, 2011
Answer by Renee3K at 12:23 AM on Apr. 17, 2011
Answer by aeneva at 8:51 AM on Apr. 17, 2011