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When do you give a fever reducer

  • As soon as the temperature goes above the child's normal temperature

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  • Anything over 99

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  • Anything over 100

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  • Anything 101 or higher

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  • I don't give a fever reducer ever

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  • The Required "Other"

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Ds was ill this weekend. He had a fever which ranged from 99.3 all the way up to 101.9. I was just curious as to the thoughts on giving Tylenol or another fever reducer.<br><br>
My personal feeling is that a fever that is 99 or 100 is left alone. Anything higher than 100 is given a fever reducer. I will give something if he feels uncomfortable or complians of aches and pains.
 

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The WHO says that a temp under 102 is not considered even a 'fever'.<br><br>
No I would never give fever reducers.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showpost.php?p=7129248&postcount=6" target="_blank"><b>Fever Information</b></a>
 

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I voted other. I don't give meds to reduce fever, but would consider them for symptoms. DD has had up to 105 and I've never considered a pharma. fever reducer.<br><br>
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If it reached 104 and stayed there, I would probably call the ped. at that point to ask their opinion. Anything under that, I wouldn't give meds to reduce the fever per se, but would consider giving something if the child were clearly in pain or miserable or whatever. But not just to bring the fever down.
 

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I marked never but really I would use it if my child was in pain with a condition that didn't have a fever and one wasn't coming. While I haven't had that situation it is conceivable. I don't think reducing a fever is wise though in the average child as it thrawts the bodies ability to fight and heal.<br><br>
As far as temps if we were in the 104 range and holding I'd try to reduce it on my own without meds. If it kept up or we went to 105 I'd be seeking some input just in case. So 105 is outside my comfort range. 101 to 103 around here lately and no fever reducers (flu has come to the house).
 

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If it's over 102.5-103 for more than a few hours. That seems to be the magic number between fighting and infection in a healthy way and really being sick. Of course I also look for other signs: lethargy, dehydration, general spirit.<br><br>
If they hold a temp higher than 102 for more than a few days, or if it keeps spiking higher I will take them in. I have a ped who does not give out antibiotics unless he feels it's necessary. He has even had me give it another day or two before I come back for meds.
 

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If they hold a temp higher than 102 for more than a few days, or if it keeps spiking higher I will take them in. I have a ped who does not give out antibiotics unless he feels it's necessary. He has even had me give it another day or two before I come back for meds.</div>
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Same here. I wouldn't give it for 101 unless she was also obviously uncomfortable.<br><br>
Around 103, I start thinking about giving it even if she's not obviously uncomfortable. But that's only happened once.
 

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I will usually give a fever reducer if the fever is up at 103.5-104. Anything below that ususally resolves pretty quickly on its own, or we will need to go to the dr.
 

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Only if the fever is higher than 103 or so, other methods aren't working, and the child is uncomfortable.
 

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I voted other.<br><br>
Yeah, what USAmma said.<br><br>
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I voted other....I give if there is pain/cramping or fever higher than 103 for more than a couple of hours.
 

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I voted other. I would consider giving one if it hit in the 104.5-105 range. I wish I were strong enough to say never, but I have a cousin who was permanently brain damaged by a febrile seizure and fevers scare me.<br><br>
I would look for other things, though. Dd had a fever 103ish spiking to 104-105 a few months ago for about 36 hours--she had no other symptoms and I didn't feel scared, so we rode it out. Dh and I fought about it the entire time, but it was fine. Recently, she had a fever 102 spiking to 104 but it was accompanied by vomiting and dehydration. I didn't give a fever reducer but I did call the doctor for some support and advice. I was very active in working toward rehydration--20 drops of water every 5-10 mins was what turned it around.<br><br>
I do use homeopathic belladonna during fever to support her body in its work.
 

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It depends on SO many factors for me, so I voted "other".<br><br>
It totally depends on how the child is feeling and acting beyond their fever.<br><br>
For example, DS had a fever of 102-103 for most of the night last night and all day today. He was miserable and couldn't sleep and was passing out on me and then waking up screaming 10 minutes later because he was just SO tired but too uncomfortable to sleep. I gave him a dose of tylenol at noon and another one at 8pm.<br><br>
The fever was a secondary concern. He needed to sleep so his body could fight this off and he couldn't... both times the tylenol took the edge off and the fever down to around 100 and he was able to get some sleep.
 

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I stick with the defintion of fever that is generally accepted in the medical community: the temperature has to at least 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C). After that, I go with how high the fever gets. how uncomfortable the kid is (I got tylenol a lot for fevers as a kid becuase I couldn't sleep with a fever, which just prolonged everything). and how quickly the fever appeared to rise.<br><br>
Fever of 101, kid drinks plenty, doesn't look acutely ill, naps more than usual but is engaged with some low-key play: nothing<br><br>
Same kid as above, except he's crying and whining in bed, and can't fall asleep but too miserable to do anything else: treat<br><br>
Any kid who's temperature rises very quicky (e.g., from 100.0 to 103.2) in a few hours: treat<br><br>
High fever in a kid at risk for significant dehydration (e.g., just came off a big bout of vomiting and diarrhea, with little by mouth): treat
 
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