We are into DD's 3rd day of fever. Not sure what temp exactly as I don't have a thermometer anymore, but it's definitely a fever!
Nurofen does eventually bring it down but I don't know if I should keep dosing her? Once the medicine does kick in, she is still sickly but babbles and attempts to play. Without it she is near impossible.
She is currently refusing solids but having plenty of BM. She has just refused her next dose of nurofen and I can feel the temp coming back already. Apart from the fact I get nothing done around the house, I can deal with her being miserable all day. It's the nights that are hard.
How long can I expect a normal fever to last for? And should I be giving her 6-8 hourly doses of medicine or not?
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31-07-2014 12:29 #1
Dealing with fever
31-07-2014 12:34 #2
From my experience DS had a fever for around 4 days, but he had the flu. I was advised to give pain relief only if DS was 'uncomfortable', if he seemed happy and comfortable, then don't give it as the fever helps to fight the virus.
Also you can alternate panadol/paracetamol with nurofen.
When DS was feeling really hot, I used a damp face-washer on his face/neck to help him feel more comfortable.
Otherwise when he felt like he had the chills, I covered him with a light blanket.
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31-07-2014 12:41 #3
I don't know how long a fever 'usually' lasts as it probably depends on the underlying reason for fever. Has your dd needed 6 hrly medication for 3 days? How old is she? I would only give paracetamol/neurofen if she was really in pain/miserable.
Personally I would be taking her to the GP for a check up if she has needed 6hrly neurofen for 3 days. Just for peace of mind
31-07-2014 12:58 #4
yeah 3 - 4 days max.
I would take her to your GP and check things out if she is still needing panadol/nurofen to reduce a fever
31-07-2014 13:06 #5Senior Member
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I'd be off to the dr if you have needed regular nurofen doses for the last 3 days.
31-07-2014 13:16 #6
I only started the nurofen yesterday. She will be 1 next week.
She just woke from a short nap and is very chatty... but still warmish. Not as hot as she has been though. It's breaking now, as I would LOVE some sleep tonight!!
31-07-2014 13:24 #7
Actually I take that back. Gone back to miserable and crying already
31-07-2014 13:29 #8
If she has cold like symptoms, then 3-4 days using Panadol and nurofen to keep temp down.
I would get another thermometer as well, so you can check how high her temps are.
If she was above 39 regularly and meds weren't helping I'd be off to the GP.
If she has no cold symptoms apart from temperature, I would take her to go to check her tonsils or see if she had a uti. Something has to be causing the high temps.
Tbh if you go to GP in the first couple if dates of a mid range temp, they tell you to use medication to keep the fever down.
Good luck. Hope it has broken.
31-07-2014 13:34 #9
I would have a thermometer on hand so you can keep a track of the temp. I would also check with the health line or gp, just how long 'should' a fever last?? I don't know, but I would think only one or two days as a guide. after that it could indicate something more serious and suggest a doctors visit. Teething ?? is the common answer, but it is better to be sure than sorry. Marie.
31-07-2014 23:56 #10
how is she tonight?
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