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Old 11-13-2009, 03:58 AM - Thread Starter
 
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When would you give tylenol with a 9 month old with a fever of 102 when sleeping taken in the ear? We went to the doctor earlier they said just watch him and if it get over 103 give him 2 doses of tylenol (not at once but like one dose and then a second dose 4-6 hours later) and if that don't work come back in, we are close 103 so should I give it to him now? I am nursing him as much as he will nurse he's naked just in a diaper cuz he was so hot but theroom is warm but on the cool side of warm. So please help what should I do?
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Opinions vary on how to treat fevers, but personally I go by how the child is feeling. If your baby is uncomfortable and can't sleep, then I'd do the Tylenol. But I wouldn't wake a sleeping baby to give a fever reducer if he seems to be otherwise symptom free. I think the general consensus you'll find around here is that the fever is not in and of itself harmful--it's the body's way of handling an illness.

I hope that helps, and I hope your sweetie feels better in the morning!

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When he wakes up. 102 was always my cutoff. I hate having a fever and it gives me a headache when i get to that temperature. So since they're non-verbal, hat's how I judge the situation.
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I agree with the previous posts. I do keep in mind that a temp taken in the ear can vary by a degree up or down but, if my child is obviously out of sorts then I give them something to bring the fever down.

I hope that your babe gets well soon!

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I go by how the child looks and not how high the number is. If my child has a 103 fever but can sleep and seems relatively ok for being sick I do not medicate. If my child seems realy uncomfortable and in pain then I medicate even if the fever is lower. I have let my child have a 103-104 fever at that age. She was tired and snuggly. I kept offering the breast and she made it through just fine.

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I would give it now. I think they may have you go into children's hospital if it gets to 103. That's how our old pedi worked. Tylenol now seems better than that.

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He woke up and was soooo hot so I gave him his first dose of tylenol. I feel like the worst parent on earth, I know I'm not cuz people and babies get sick but I hate not knowing what to do for him
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He woke up and was soooo hot so I gave him his first dose of tylenol. I feel like the worst parent on earth, I know I'm not cuz people and babies get sick but I hate not knowing what to do for him
Listen to your instincts and do what makes you feel comfortable. My children will once a year get a high fever like that and I worry, but it is always fine. I had a ped tell me once that a fever up to 104 is not really a big deal in a child.

Keep your baby hydrated.
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