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Old 01-08-2012, 01:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My 4 year old has had a cough and fever for a week.  Took her to the doctor on day 4 and he said it was viral.  She is acting fine and fever is fairly low at about 100.3.  She wakes up every morning with no fever and by 10:00 its back up over 100 and this lasts until bed time.  I have to admit that I am super paranoid about fevers (my older daughter just got over pneumonia a few weeks ago)  so I guess I am looking for reassurance more than anything.. Has anyone's child had a fever for this long and have it just be a viral thing?  

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Old 01-08-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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Yes.  Last year my daughter had a virus where the fever lasted (between 100-103.7) for 9 days last spring.  I was so worried about her and took her to the doctor twice and called him several other times (and I never take my kids to the dr!).  He was always reassuring that it was a virus and they often last up to two weeks.  Sure enough, she was better a week later and was completely fine.  Good luck.  I know it feels so scary.

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I would love to have a doctor who would send me home if it was viral...Here in Mexico they all just prescribe antibiotics, no matter what it is!  My 3 yr old has had a high fever (103/104) for four days or so, and as much as I hate them, I've been using fever reducers because he's just totally miserable without them.  The weird thing is there are absolutely no other symptoms--no pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, runny nose, nothing!  I took him to a doc on Friday and got a prescription for antibiotics and the doctor was inventing stuff about green mucus which LO totally didn't have, so I never bought the meds...Waiting for Monday to take him to another doc who isn't so trigger-happy with antibiotics. :(

 

As long as it's a low fever, I guess I wouldn't worry.  It is stressful, though!  Hope she's better soon...

 

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Thank you. We have never had a fever last longer than 3 days with a virus before so I am really concerned.  It helps to know that viruses do that sometime.  Thank you so much for sharing your story with me!

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oops..posted before I was finished.. Just wanted to wish your son a quick recovery and hopefully no need for antibiotics!

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As it happened, the fever just went away on its own, just the night before I was going to take him to another doctor! It was nerve-wrecking, but now I know it can happen and I'll definitely wait it out a little next time. How's your daughter doing, gribbit?

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