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Fever rules?

Posted by on Feb. 6, 2016 at 8:01 PM
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What are the fever rules for a 3 month 1 week baby? My dr office has multiple Drs in the office. The first time I called, DS had a fever of 100.4. The dr I spoke to said to go to the er, mostly because I wouldn't have been able to make it to their office before they closed. I got directed to the after hours pedi clinic (that I did not know existed.). I called today to ask how long until the fever should be going down (he's been on antibiotics for 4 days now) and I was told not to worry until the fever is 104 by a different dr.

His fever is not getting better. It's still yo-yoing between 99.5-101 (101 started today. Before that, the highest was 100.4). Do I go to the emergency room like the first dr said? Do I not worry like the second one said? I've been giving him cool baths (which he is loving) and tylonal (which doesn't help with anything but his ear pain)

Sorry that I seem to be blowing up the board lately! But I really appreciate the help, advice, and well wishes!
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hmhiggins87
by Member on Feb. 6, 2016 at 8:14 PM
At that age if fever is not going away with what your doing and is higher today, I personally would be on my way to a pediatric urgent care. Good luck!
melindabelcher
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2016 at 8:15 PM
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He barely has a fever.
A fever isn't counted until 100.4
The fever is not as important as the other symptoms. How is eating, sleeping fussiness etc. a fever of 101 can be a serious bacterial infection and a fever of 104 can be nothing more then a virus that has to run its course. So the height of the fever really means nothing.

Fever reducers/pain relievers aren't needed unless there's pain or if the fever is causing moderate lethargy.
Sickness will cause them to eat a little less, pee a little less, sleep a little more, but it shouldn't be extreme. Also taking away the fever takes away a natural illness fighter. The fever is serving a purpose let it run its course only medicate if absolutely needed.

Speaking as a nurse and mother of a child child who had a fever disorder. Saw fever specialists through children's hospital Boston.

Here's a good article
http://www.lebonheur.org/kids-health-wellness/practical-parenting/blog-entries/2010/11/a-parents-guide-to-fever.dot
paxtonsunny
by on Feb. 6, 2016 at 8:17 PM
Look up the Dr Sears fever rules. Child fevers, as Dr Sears and you'll find it.
wife-4-life
by on Feb. 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM
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OP, trust melindabelcher! :)

Quoting melindabelcher: He barely has a fever.
A fever isn't counted until 100.4
The fever is not as important as the other symptoms. How is eating, sleeping fussiness etc. a fever of 101 can be a serious bacterial infection and a fever of 104 can be nothing more then a virus that has to run its course. So the height of the fever really means nothing.

Fever reducers/pain relievers aren't needed unless there's pain or if the fever is causing moderate lethargy.
Sickness will cause them to eat a little less, pee a little less, sleep a little more, but it shouldn't be extreme. Also taking away the fever takes away a natural illness fighter. The fever is serving a purpose let it run its course only medicate if absolutely needed.

Speaking as a nurse and mother of a child child who had a fever disorder. Saw fever specialists through children's hospital Boston.

Here's a good article
http://www.lebonheur.org/kids-health-wellness/practical-parenting/blog-entries/2010/11/a-parents-guide-to-fever.dot
Mom2Just1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 6, 2016 at 8:47 PM
He barely has a fever. I wouldn't even medicate for that.
Luke8212013
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2016 at 9:14 PM
All of this!

Quoting melindabelcher: He barely has a fever.
A fever isn't counted until 100.4
The fever is not as important as the other symptoms. How is eating, sleeping fussiness etc. a fever of 101 can be a serious bacterial infection and a fever of 104 can be nothing more then a virus that has to run its course. So the height of the fever really means nothing.

Fever reducers/pain relievers aren't needed unless there's pain or if the fever is causing moderate lethargy.
Sickness will cause them to eat a little less, pee a little less, sleep a little more, but it shouldn't be extreme. Also taking away the fever takes away a natural illness fighter. The fever is serving a purpose let it run its course only medicate if absolutely needed.

Speaking as a nurse and mother of a child child who had a fever disorder. Saw fever specialists through children's hospital Boston.

Here's a good article
http://www.lebonheur.org/kids-health-wellness/practical-parenting/blog-entries/2010/11/a-parents-guide-to-fever.dot
onehotmama410
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2016 at 10:01 PM
The tylonal is for pain, it isn't touching the fever. Cool baths work for a little while, and they seem to feel good on his bum.

He has an ear infection, diagnosed Tuesday night. He started the antibiotic the next morning (no 24 hr pharmacy nearby). They said he had a cold, but he didn't have any symptoms of one (no runny nose, cough, chest congestion).

He's been sleeping way more than normal. (4-5 hr naps instead of 2-3 hr naps. Waking for the day at 8am instead of 530. Waking him for any reason is near impossible. He opens his eyes and then goes back to sleep. Even after I unswaddle him.) Waking mostly because he pooped and it hurts him. Then goes back to sleep (Diarrhea and a rash.) he's only up for maybe 45 mins instead of 1.5 hrs. he's eating way less than normal (2-4 oz instead of 6. Every 3-4 hours instead of every 2 unless sleeping.). His diaper counts seems to be about the same, but they are much lighter than they used to be. (Even his night time ones that don't wake him until his "normal" nighttime wake up are much lighter) he's fussy almost the whole time he's wake. He's normally a very happy baby, all smiles and cooing and babbling. Right now it's fussing and crying and not happy sounds. His last fever check was 101.3. So far it's the highest, but it's slowly creeping higher. Tylonal doesn't do anything for it at all. I've been trying to get him to eat even a little of his bottle every time he's awake, and every time he gets fussy. Sometimes he will take an oz, sometimes he won't.


Quoting melindabelcher: He barely has a fever.
A fever isn't counted until 100.4
The fever is not as important as the other symptoms. How is eating, sleeping fussiness etc. a fever of 101 can be a serious bacterial infection and a fever of 104 can be nothing more then a virus that has to run its course. So the height of the fever really means nothing.

Fever reducers/pain relievers aren't needed unless there's pain or if the fever is causing moderate lethargy.
Sickness will cause them to eat a little less, pee a little less, sleep a little more, but it shouldn't be extreme. Also taking away the fever takes away a natural illness fighter. The fever is serving a purpose let it run its course only medicate if absolutely needed.

Speaking as a nurse and mother of a child child who had a fever disorder. Saw fever specialists through children's hospital Boston.

Here's a good article
http://www.lebonheur.org/kids-health-wellness/practical-parenting/blog-entries/2010/11/a-parents-guide-to-fever.dot
melindabelcher
by Gold Member on Feb. 7, 2016 at 4:11 AM
This is a mamas call kind of thing.
You have to educate yourself on how fevers work, what's normal and what isn't. Idk I lf you had time to check out the link.
Understand the majority of ear infections are actually viral. So it's possible that the antibiotics aren't actually doing anything for the ear infection and that it's running its course Like all viral infections do.
What you've described sounds normal.
He doesn't feel good. He needs extra sleep and a fever to fight off the infection. He's not going to take as much in because he doesn't feel good and of course his diapers will be a little lighter because he's not drinking enough.
Sick babies suck! It's hard as a mom to watch our little ones not feel well. I would stop the cool baths. It actually tends to raise the temperature you want to keep him comfortable.
Put down the thermometer. You don't need to keep taking his temp as I mentioned all you need to know if does he have a fever yes or no. The number doesn't mean anything.
Taking him to the ER/urgent care/primary is going to expose his already occupied immune system to more bugs. Possibly adding another infection.
I personally would be ok with what you are describing. However you are mom. If you feel like he's sicker then you think is acceptable and want him to be seen then you have to trust your instinct. But if your just unsure and looking for reassurance I think he's doing fine.
Good luck and keep us updated. I hope he improves for you quickly and without any extra stuff.
onehotmama410
by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2016 at 5:11 AM
Thank you so much. You have been more help than the Drs have been. Lol! I'm a worrier, I guess. You are right about mamas call. Maybe I'm just making a mountain out of a molehill. (I made a call in November that turned out bigger than I thought it would be. He had pyloric stenosis and had to have surgery. This doesn't feel like that did.)

I didn't know ear infections could be vital. DS1 had them all the time until he got tubes, and so did I. I guess we just got lucky and didn't get those. :) poor DS2. He had to be different. ;)

Thank you again. I really appreciate all of the help. :)


Quoting melindabelcher: This is a mamas call kind of thing.
You have to educate yourself on how fevers work, what's normal and what isn't. Idk I lf you had time to check out the link.
Understand the majority of ear infections are actually viral. So it's possible that the antibiotics aren't actually doing anything for the ear infection and that it's running its course Like all viral infections do.
What you've described sounds normal.
He doesn't feel good. He needs extra sleep and a fever to fight off the infection. He's not going to take as much in because he doesn't feel good and of course his diapers will be a little lighter because he's not drinking enough.
Sick babies suck! It's hard as a mom to watch our little ones not feel well. I would stop the cool baths. It actually tends to raise the temperature you want to keep him comfortable.
Put down the thermometer. You don't need to keep taking his temp as I mentioned all you need to know if does he have a fever yes or no. The number doesn't mean anything.
Taking him to the ER/urgent care/primary is going to expose his already occupied immune system to more bugs. Possibly adding another infection.
I personally would be ok with what you are describing. However you are mom. If you feel like he's sicker then you think is acceptable and want him to be seen then you have to trust your instinct. But if your just unsure and looking for reassurance I think he's doing fine.
Good luck and keep us updated. I hope he improves for you quickly and without any extra stuff.
melindabelcher
by Gold Member on Feb. 7, 2016 at 5:18 AM
No problem!
Its unfortunate but honestly most Drs just don't take the time to sit down with their patients and go over these kinds of things :/ so us mamas are left wondering what to do and when to worry!
Sounds like you're doing a great job and I'm sure he'll be better soon :)
This season has been miserable for sickness! Our pedi office has one hour in the morning every week day as a walk in service. They saw 30 walk in sick children in an hour as well as 30 calls to the nurse line. It's insane right now!


Quoting onehotmama410: Thank you so much. You have been more help than the Drs have been. Lol! I'm a worrier, I guess. You are right about mamas call. Maybe I'm just making a mountain out of a molehill. (I made a call in November that turned out bigger than I thought it would be. He had pyloric stenosis and had to have surgery. This doesn't feel like that did.)

I didn't know ear infections could be vital. DS1 had them all the time until he got tubes, and so did I. I guess we just got lucky and didn't get those. :) poor DS2. He had to be different. ;)

Thank you again. I really appreciate all of the help. :)


Quoting melindabelcher: This is a mamas call kind of thing.
You have to educate yourself on how fevers work, what's normal and what isn't. Idk I lf you had time to check out the link.
Understand the majority of ear infections are actually viral. So it's possible that the antibiotics aren't actually doing anything for the ear infection and that it's running its course Like all viral infections do.
What you've described sounds normal.
He doesn't feel good. He needs extra sleep and a fever to fight off the infection. He's not going to take as much in because he doesn't feel good and of course his diapers will be a little lighter because he's not drinking enough.
Sick babies suck! It's hard as a mom to watch our little ones not feel well. I would stop the cool baths. It actually tends to raise the temperature you want to keep him comfortable.
Put down the thermometer. You don't need to keep taking his temp as I mentioned all you need to know if does he have a fever yes or no. The number doesn't mean anything.
Taking him to the ER/urgent care/primary is going to expose his already occupied immune system to more bugs. Possibly adding another infection.
I personally would be ok with what you are describing. However you are mom. If you feel like he's sicker then you think is acceptable and want him to be seen then you have to trust your instinct. But if your just unsure and looking for reassurance I think he's doing fine.
Good luck and keep us updated. I hope he improves for you quickly and without any extra stuff.
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