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post #21 of 33
If the fever is making them miserable I give motrin (acts faster than tylenol)....
post #22 of 33
We don't use fever reducers. I would consider medicating for pain or comfort if needed. I haven't needed to yet (knock wood). Dd has run up to a 105 temp.

Fever in and of itself is not dangerous and reducing it doesn't "help" anything.

-Angela
post #23 of 33
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the great info.

My LO is a little better today but he's still warm. : He hasn't had any medication.
post #24 of 33
FYI - its not what the number reads, but how they're acting, that signals how sick they are...
post #25 of 33
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Originally Posted by cancat View Post
FYI - its not what the number reads, but how they're acting, that signals how sick they are...
I agree. I only get real worried if it LOOKS bad. I've had my dd in the ER with lethargy and so limp that she looked dead (she had severe pneumonia). That's about the only situation I would give tylenol/motrin again. But if they're not to that point, I don't do anything.
post #26 of 33
I know how you feel about wanting to help ease your child's discomfort. My daughter recently had a 104-105 degree fever, she was miserable, I was miserable for her, but I did not do anything except comfort her, and you will see why after reading the rest of this.

Check out a book by Robert S. Mendelsohn, MD, called How To Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor. Great book, covers basic health info that certainly every parent is going to face, like fevers. As a biologist, I can concur with what he says and what many people have already said: fever is your body's way of fighting the virus--do not interfere with it. Your body will not let its temperature get high enough that it will damage anything--brain, liver, whatever. The only way it would ever get too high is through external mechanisms resulting in conditions like heat stroke, heat exhaustion, etc. One thing to watch for is how quicly the temperature rises. If it rises quickly, convulsions may occur. If it rises slowly, they will not.

Hope this helps. Definitely get that book!
post #27 of 33
I didn't read the rest of the thread first.

I don't always or even usually give tylenol/etc except for pain. The fever has to be pretty bad before I go that route.

Here is why. Fever is the body's way of fighting the virus by "cooking" it and making it difficult for it to replicate. I find that my children get over their illness faster if I leave the fever alone. They usually spend on lethargic day in, and then are pretty much better.

I use the same theory by taking a really hot bath if I am fighting an illness.
post #28 of 33
Just echoing everyone else's feelings on the subject...

Don't do fever reducers either any more (I'm a reformed tylenol user)...

I have made an one exception in the 5 years since going this route.. and it was day 2 and i as well as ds needed sleep and fever was preventing this... sleep is always considered sacred in this family

I do in general raise the temp in the house (I generally keep it at about 62 F .. so cold to most people's standards) and let the munchkin run around at comfort. I generally heat the house until he can be comfortable running around in his underwear. In my twisted mind, my theory is that he retains the ability for heat to dissipate as needed but is comfortable... generally for him that's around 70 -75 (but I think in general he's more tolerable of "cold" than norm).
post #29 of 33
If the fever is not high enough to be dangerous, I would not try to reduce it in any way! It is the body's natural response to fighting off the infection and you do not want to tamper with that! Again, I would watch for dangerously high temp closely! Hope you all feel better soon!
post #30 of 33
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Originally Posted by Julian's Momma View Post
If the fever is not high enough to be dangerous, I would not try to reduce it in any way!
The body does not allow the fever to GET high enough to be dangerous as a rule. Dangerous is probably over 107 for most situations.

-Angela
post #31 of 33
Another vote for I don't typically use fever reducers.

Sometimes IF the child is having trouble sleeping I will give a low dose at night to allow them to fall asleep.

Typically they have been extra sleepy when sick though. The last time one of them had a fever-causing illness was a couple years ago. She had a fever, was very tired, and no appetite at all. DH was all worried about the no-eating thing and kept telling me to make her eat something and give her medicine, etc.

I told him her fever was not high enough to be dangerous, and forcing her to eat would only make her feel worse. I did push her to keep drinking plenty. When she started to ask for food, I immediately provided some. She ate half of it and then went back to bed again, and slept the rest of the day. After a couple days of this, she was fine, back to her usual cheery self. Miraculously none of the other kids caught it!

I'm glad your little one is doing better!
post #32 of 33
I am trying to defer the tylenol as long as possible.
dd has had high fevers before - so it was easy - fever crosses 104 and out comes the tylenol. I havent been brave enough to let it go beyond that, and am currently comfortable with that (i.e. am not kicking myself).

Right now dd has had a low fever of 101 - 102 and is just sleeping continuosly - nursing and drinking water but not eating anything. so she is not "active" or "feeling fine" slight runny nose, cough. she had fever oen day, none the next and then it was back on the 3rd day. Today is the 4th.
WWYD?
post #33 of 33
Thread Starter 
Hey Rumi, that sounds exactly what my DS had going on which is why I posted this in the first place. We did give him Tylenol that first night, but none since. His first day of being sick was Sunday (his birthday ) and today is Friday, he's still not quite himself. He's finally eating again, but still sleeping, nursing, whining, and clingy more. His fever went away (judging from touch) on the 4th day.

He doesn't seem sick anymore, just annoying.: (Sorry, the whining and clinging gets old!) I don't think there's anything we can do except to let it run it's course and support him in the meantime.

Good luck with your LO.
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