Last night I took my little boy for a walk out in the Melbourne freeze in the pram. We walked the dog, went to the supermarket, came home (eating chocolate!). Bub's was snoozing by then, but I noticed he was warm bundled up in his coats and got him out of the pram to realise he was pretty hot. He'd been his usual self, but suddenly became boiling and cranky. I put him in a tepid bath, couldn't dose with panadol yet as he'd had a dose earlier for rampant teething. The fever was not just a mild one from neck up (perhaps due to teething), but stretched down to his thighs. He seemed listless and sleepy, but was not floppy. Just all washed out from the fever. It was beyond doc's hours, and upon googling it, I found the usual 'teething does not cause fever, except maybe a really mild one' and 'get medical advice if fever gets to 40c. He was 39.4c at worst, 38.7 at best. Had it risen higher, we would have gone to the hospital.
He is 13mo and seems to be cracking a molar through, has most of front 8 teeth. 18hrs and a few doses of panadol and nurofen later (googled advice said to swap between them, but the Nurofen seems better for the fever, and the Panadol more effective for teething pain in this little boy), he is almost back to normal. He slept with me (if you could call it sleeping ~ I certainly got none!~ with a wet flannel on the back of his neck.
Temp is down to normal now, and other than being a tad cranky and clingy, he seems to be back to himself...almost. He's normally a super happy-go-lucky kid, and he's pretty out of sorts.
For the record, the only other possible vector than anything he could have chewed on while crawling about on the floor, was a manky old water bottle from under the pram he found, and I suspect, drank the last of the residue from within.
So, what would you have done ~ gone to emergency, or played it by ear as I did? Would you put it down to teething, or was it a dose of virus, or some other immune response?
Cheers for any replies.