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    Default High fever and now sweating

    I need some advice, DS 3yrs 4 months, is sick. He's had a fever in and off since Sunday, I haven't known what his temp was until today when I bought a new thermometer. I got one that uses infra red. Anyway his temp varied between 37-39.9... It said to point the thermometer above right eyebrow on forehead and also near temple, whichever was the highest, use that temp. Anyway at his temple was the 39.9.
    Ive given him nurofen and he's asleep and temp is down but he's sweating a lot. What does that mean?

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    Call Health Direct to speak with a nurse who can give you advice.

    If you are worried take him to ER.

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    I would say his fever has broken.
    So basically, your brain identifies it's fighting off a bug, so to help fight it it sets a new temperature maximum. To reach that maximum, it heats the body and will often make you shiver to help you heat up. Once it reaches that new maximum, it comes back down again- ie it cools down to normal-ish, hence the sweating and decrease of temp.
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    I agree, sweating is usually when the fever has broken and I always take it as a good sign that the bug has run its course. Usually, the fever stops after that.

    As the fever has come down after some nurofen, that's a good thing. Is there behaviour in general ok? Not limp, etc?

    When I've taken the kids to a Dr. with the forehead thermometer they usually hold it to the side, like you said, but not on the temple. I have an ear thermometer and usually get a different read from each ear. I go by the highest.

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    If you are able to reduce his fever with nurofen I wouldn't be too concerned. You can also use paracetamol at the same time. If it's not gone in a day or two or there are other concerns take him to a gp

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    Thanks I just checked on him again and he's cool and asleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAgirl View Post
    Thanks I just checked on him again and he's cool and asleep.
    Good news! Hopefully he's over the worst of it. DS just had a virus that started with a high fever each night, then other symptoms started. Also, don't panic if bub breaks out in a rash of small dots of the body, this happens a lot after a fever but I can't remember the name for it. They should fade in a day or so.

    ETA: I always do the glass test on any rash though, just to check it's not meningitis. I meant a rash that blanches when pressed is normal.


 

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