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#31 of 33 Old 12-05-2007, 01:28 PM
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Another vote for I don't typically use fever reducers.

Sometimes IF the child is having trouble sleeping I will give a low dose at night to allow them to fall asleep.

Typically they have been extra sleepy when sick though. The last time one of them had a fever-causing illness was a couple years ago. She had a fever, was very tired, and no appetite at all. DH was all worried about the no-eating thing and kept telling me to make her eat something and give her medicine, etc.

I told him her fever was not high enough to be dangerous, and forcing her to eat would only make her feel worse. I did push her to keep drinking plenty. When she started to ask for food, I immediately provided some. She ate half of it and then went back to bed again, and slept the rest of the day. After a couple days of this, she was fine, back to her usual cheery self. Miraculously none of the other kids caught it!

I'm glad your little one is doing better!
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I am trying to defer the tylenol as long as possible.
dd has had high fevers before - so it was easy - fever crosses 104 and out comes the tylenol. I havent been brave enough to let it go beyond that, and am currently comfortable with that (i.e. am not kicking myself).

Right now dd has had a low fever of 101 - 102 and is just sleeping continuosly - nursing and drinking water but not eating anything. so she is not "active" or "feeling fine" slight runny nose, cough. she had fever oen day, none the next and then it was back on the 3rd day. Today is the 4th.

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 ... dd is going on 12 (!) how was I to know there was a homeschool going on?
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#33 of 33 Old 12-07-2007, 04:49 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey Rumi, that sounds exactly what my DS had going on which is why I posted this in the first place. We did give him Tylenol that first night, but none since. His first day of being sick was Sunday (his birthday ) and today is Friday, he's still not quite himself. He's finally eating again, but still sleeping, nursing, whining, and clingy more. His fever went away (judging from touch) on the 4th day.

He doesn't seem sick anymore, just annoying.: (Sorry, the whining and clinging gets old!) I don't think there's anything we can do except to let it run it's course and support him in the meantime.

Good luck with your LO.

Doing my best every day with DH , DD (11) , and DS (4)

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