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#1 of 5 Old 01-19-2008, 11:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My 3 1/2 yo is running a high fever, it has been at 102.5 under her arm since yesterday morning. I have given her three doses of Tylenol to help alleviate how awful she has been feeling and to help her rest.

When do you start to worry about a fever that high?
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I would worry if she is in severe pain or lethargic. I would worry if she isn't taking in fluids and not urinating (prolonged high fevers can be very dehydrating.) I would worry if the fever didn't go down some with Tylenol. Any of that would have me in the peds office ASAP.
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I wouldn't worry about how high the temp is- I go how by the child is acting. If the child isn't drinking I would worry about dehydration. If she's in severe pain (you know your child so you would know the signs of this) I would worry.

I don't generally give tylenol unless the child is really really uncomfortable and can't rest. My ds has been ill since Wednesday evening. Wednesday night he had a fever in the 104's (104.5 when I temped it). I did eventually give him tyelenol that night because he was so uncomfortable and screaming all night long. No rest is not a good thing when you're trying to heal. Last night his fever was back up to high 103's, low 104's. No tylenol last night but he's acting much better this morning (he just found my cell phone and decided to give Grandpa a wake-up call Oops!).

I generally don't treat fevers because they are there for a reason. It's the body's way of fighting off an infection. I don't mess with that, unless the child is in severe pain and can't rest.

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DD has had an on and off fever of 102.5 give or take for several days and I have been worried. I am glad/sad to see we are not alone. This is a first for my five year old. She doesn't tend to be a fever type and never so much sleep. I don't own a tv but I just downloaded shows for her to watch, I read every book in the apt. and my throat is killing me! Oh no, am I next? Who is going to take care of me?!!!

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Thanks everyone! I'm happy to report DD is back to normal today. Me, of course, I'm super sick now. Gah.
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