Here are a few quotes from the book I mentioned (by the way, I bought this book for only $8 at amazon recently - best $8 I've spent in a long time!) (Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D. - How to Raise a Healthy Child... in Spite of Your Doctor)
Here are a few quotes you might be interested in, but the chapter is long and detailed, I highly recommend reading it:
In chapter 7 "Fever: Your Body's Defense against Disease"
|(page 77) The common cold and influenza are the most comon sources of elevated body temperatures in children of all ages. They can generate fevers that range all the way up to 105 degrees, but even at that level they are not a legitimate cause for alarm.
(page 88) In most cases you will be able to identify a fever as the product of a viral or bacterial infection, because the accompanying symptoms are those that are typical of these ailments- a mild cough, a stuffy or runny nose, watery eyes, etc. There is no need to call the doctor or to give any form of medication if no other symptoms are present, because there is nothing he or you can prescribe that will cure a viral infection or dispose of a bacterial infection any more effectively than the body's own defense will. Medications given to relieve discomfort may interfere with the body's efforts to cure itself, for reasons that I'll explore more fully in a later chapter. Antibiotics may shorten the course of a bacterial infection, but the risks outweight the benefit.
(page 79) Unless your child's fever is accompanied by additional symptoms, such as vomiting or respiratory difficulties, it need not be a cause of concern, even if it reaches 105. More important in determining whether a fever is the result of a mild infection like the common cold, or a more serious one such as meningitis, is the overall appearance, behavior, and attitude of your child. These are all factors that you can judge more accurately and skillfully than your doctor
(page 79) Untreated fevers caused by viral and bacterial infections do not rise inexorably and will not exceed 105 degrees.
(page 80) Measures to reduce temperature, such as drugs or sponging, are worse than unnecessary; they are actually counterproductive. If your child contracts an infection, the fever that accompanies it is a blessing, not a curse. .. The presence of fever tells you that the repair mechanisms of the body have gone into high gear.
(page 87) Call your doctor, regardless of the temperature level, if your child is experiencing difficulty in breathing, is vomiting repeatedly, or has a fever that is accompanied by twitching or other strange movements, or you are concerned about any other alarming element of the child's behavior or appearance.
If she is losing too many hours of sleep because of high fever, then I agree with previous posters and give tylenol if she cannot rest otherwise (try a 1/2 dose - it might work) - sleep at night is important, but probably not necessary to round the clock medicate. The link below is a good article that really helped me overcome my fear when my own son recently had a fever - it lasted for 2 LONG days - and to my delight - it broke on its own - withOUT tylenol - he only lost about 4 hours of sleep one night, I had to stay up with him from 3-7am while he played! then he fell back asleep! I struggled with whether to medicate him since it WAS nighttime, and he WAS supposed to be sleeping, but I did not - he just wanted to play or do other stuff and I decided to wait a bit and see what happens (he went back to sleep and was fine later that day) so I stayed up with him for 4 hours, he got to watch some cartoons while I held him too.
"IS FEAR OF FEVER HURTING OUR CHILDREN?"http://www.*********/a/west8.html
This one is specifically about fever danger signs:http://health.kaboose.com/kids-healt...er-guide4.html
Now I realize in YOUR situation, your daughter JUST had a VACCINE, so its possible she doesn't have a virus (the bloodwork confirmed it though?) and the fever is due from the vaccine. On the page below, I quote:http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/fever_a.html
|Other causes of fever are relatively uncommon, and include allergic reactions to drugs or vaccines, chronic joint inflammation, some tumours, and gastrointestinal diseases.
SO perhaps it was in response to the vaccine after all. PICK up copies of all Lab work that was done. Would be interested to know just what they found.