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.
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05-08-2012 18:44 #1
Fever of 39.4, what would you do?
05-08-2012 18:48 #2
I would have done the same as you had done.
Only difference i guess is that I would have given nurofen if it was too soon for Panadol cos you can give the two of them concurrently.
Glad he's on the mend
05-08-2012 18:49 #3
Definitely would have done what you did, for me it doesn't come close to a trip to the emergency room unless there are other health issues that could cause further problems. Sensible approach I'd say.
05-08-2012 18:53 #4
Yep, I would have done the same thing. I've given my kids panadol and nurofen to get their temps down.
05-08-2012 18:56 #5
Yep I agree too, sounds like you did the right thing
Glad he seems to be on the mend x
05-08-2012 19:00 #6
I would have gone to the doctor in the morning to check if it's an ear infection or tonsillitis. My friend's 15 month old had a high fever and no other symptoms last week and it was tonsillitis.
05-08-2012 19:03 #7
I don't do anything for fevers (because I am a huge believer in their importance) except make sure they are not overdressed, give them cuddles and plenty of fluids so that is what I would have done....infact what I am currently doing with 4 out of 5 feverish children!
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05-08-2012 19:04 #8Senior Member
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I would have done the same as you.
05-08-2012 19:18 #9
Any fever over about 38 is usually a virus or infection so take him to doc tomorrow and get it checked could be an ear infection or similar so u may need antibiotics
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