Originally Posted by trancechylde
Like I said, his movements become jerky-his whole body twitches every minute or so in his sleep- he just doesn't seem to deal with it very well at all so I do medicate and do tepid baths to try and keep it from getting too high.
I just found out that there are febrile siezures in the family and...well I just would completely flip out if that happened.
What would it mean to you if he had a febrile seizure?
My son's very first fever, he had a febrile seizure. It's actually how I figured out he had a fever (that and he turned nearly red hot in my arms inside of a minute, dramatic little thing). I felt him shake, felt him go hot, got my phone, called our ND. She said to take his temp, I did, she told me to take a tepid bath with him, NOT to worry, and call if it didn't go down. It went down, I didn't worry. I know that a kid prone to febrile seizures is going to be more prone to them, but otherwise they mean nothing. If he did it again, it wouldn't bother me, b/c it's just a reaction to the heat. No big to me.
Originally Posted by DoulaSarah
When they get that high, I give them Tylenol, just for the pain of a fever.
Hmm. I've had scads of fevers, and they don't hurt. You get hot, and that's pretty wild, but they aren't painful. For me, at least.
OK OP, my guy hit 104 3 nights in a row once, when he was getting something like 4 teeth in all at once. He was absolutely, totally FINE during the day, then at some point after bedtime he would start heating up. And that was 104 with an old fashioned shake-down mercury thermometer, taken under the arm. I would get up, get us into a tepid bath. Nurse him, hold him, sing to him. Splash (gently) the lukewarm water on his back and tum, and once he got all cooled down (and I was hot where he had been, it felt like the heat was transferring) we'd get out, dry off, dress, and go back to bed. After awhile he would heat up again and get fussy, we'd get back up, do the routine again.
It was exhausting for me! Especially b/c we were on vacation at my childfree brother's house (it was his thermometer) and I felt it was vital to keep DS quiet so we'd be invited back in the future.
I didn't medicate him b/c I wanted to KNOW if the fever was ongoing. If I had medicated, I wouldn't know so certainly that it ONLY happened in the night. I would think that he just felt better b/c of the medicine, and I wouldn't be so sure he was OK.
So I really don't recommend medication during things like this, b/c you don't KNOW what the fever is really doing, if you are putting drugs in baby's system to force the fever to stay down.
I'm so glad my son's ND knows that teething can cause fevers. It would drive me mad to try to talk to someone who doesn't believe it.