I'm hoping seasoned mommies and daddies can help me figure out what's going on with my 9 month old son.
We are planning to go to the pediatrician today but I would still like to hear from you.
For 4 days now he has run a consistent 104 degree fever.
He's irritable at time but for the most part, he's attentive and curious and playful, like he usually is.
He's a bit more clingy but that's understandable when you are running a fever.
He has a few mosquito bites but no rash.
He is urinating frequently.
He poops normally.
He nurses normally maybe a little more often..
We had started introducing solids, baby led for a few weeks but since he started the fever, he isn't interested in eating anything.
His sister had a slight sore throat on Sunday the first day he spiked a fever but some veggie soup and she's fine.
We were outdoors in the morning on Saturday (high 80's/low 90's & humid) with some friends but we kept him in the shade and hydrated.
We have been keeping him in the cool indoors. He just hangs out in his diaper as he is so warm.
When the irritability is too much for him we give the dosage recommended by our pediatrician of acetaminophen. We try not to administer it more than twice a day. Our family leans towards avoiding medication if possible.
104 is too high for teething.
I'm gathering he has a viral infection.
What could the pediatrician say other than let it run its course?
Proud mom of an inquisitive, breastfeeding, babywearing, cosleeping 9 month old boy and a talkative curious 4 year old girl.
If, after his fever goes down in a day or so, he develops a splotchy rash... my best guess would be roseola virus. It's springtime, which is when it's most prevalent. The only symptoms are a high fever for several days, followed by a bit of the sniffles and a splotchy rash. Once they have it, they are immune, so might also be why no one else is sick. In any case, don't worry and let us know what the ped says.
Wow my son had this EXACT same thing happen when he was 6 months old! He didnt have mosquito bits, but everyhting else was the same. I finally took him to the Dr, they examined him only to tell me to give him medicine to reduce the fever. (we lean towards not medicating as well, and I do believe that fevers are a good thing, usually), and that night his fever disappeared. Dr said it was probably a virus with no other symptoms.
My son is 9 and he had the same thing also this past weekend actually. He ran a 102 fever though with no other symptoms. We took him to the doctors to make sure there wasn't something more serious going on like maybe strep but she said that it might be hand foot and mouth but other than that he was fine. She said if the fever continued for a few more days to bring him back but his fever only lasted another day or so and went away and now he's back to his old self.
Holly and David
Adaline (3/20/10), and Charlie (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)
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Funny, the Dr didnt even mention roseola when I went in! He had no rash, even after his fever. My daughter got sick the next day with a fever that lasted 24hrs, then gone, no other symptoms. This was several months ago btw