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Old 02-18-2005, 12:21 AM - Thread Starter
 
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DD (4 years old) has had a fever for 4 days (100-101). She seems tired, has had some diarrhea (day 1 and 2), is a bit congested, and is red and irritated around her mouth and nose. No other major symptoms. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Seems like a long time for fever. Oh, and beginning of last week she had a stomach bug for a couple of days, but was totally better by Thursday and now came down with this one on Monday.

Also, any suggestions for strenthening her immune system, as she seems to be having a tough winter. Generally she is a good eater, but I've been limiting her diet because of her illnesses.

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kroonkles - in addition to her mouth, does your DD have any rash on her trunk? I'm asking because "roseola" came to mind when I read she'd had a fever for 4 days. This happened recently to my 20 month old DS and I had two doctors shake their heads and give me vague diagnosis until the 4th day when a rash on his mouth and trunk appeared. I'd take DD in for check-up just to be on the safe side.
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So far, no rash on her trunk. I keep checking. Does Roseola need to be treated, or does it just "go away"? I'm thinking of calling the dr tomorrow if she is still feverish.
Also, I've been taking rectal temps, does that make a difference?
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Just wanted to let you know that a normal rectal temp is one degree higher than oral temp. So the average normal temp would be 99.6

BTW, why are you doing a rectal temp?
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my own experience has included a 7 day fever with my son when he was about 6 he had a bad cold and then my 2 year old had a fever for 5 days. i know it was unsettling for me but the fever will break soon. hang in there!
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thanks, she is still sleeping, but seems cooler, so hopefully OK.

I am doing rectal cause I haven't bought a new oral one yet. (Have a Braun ear therm, but find those highly inaccurate)
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If it is Roseola the rash appears *after* the fever is gone. And no, you don't need to treat it at all. Maybe just keep her home if a rash does pop up. My dd got this a couple years ago, she came through just fine.
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I think Owensmom had a thread about this. We have it as well. I think there may be some virus going around. Hope she feels better soon.

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My kids had a fever for 3 1/2 days (each of them in succession) and after ds2 was done w/the fever, he got chicken pox the next day. Don't know if they were related in anyway b/c dd and ds1 didn't get the pox until 2 weeks after that.

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just for the record - I did a temp under the arm today and it was 99.0; immediately afterward using the same thermometer, I took a rectal and it was 100.9 (I'm guessing oral would've been around 100?)

I'm going to give it over the weekend as she hasn't been acting seriously ill.
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I would double check with your Ped for an ear infection. My ds had only an upa nd down fever and loss of solid food appetite as symptoms of what turned out to be an ear infection.
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