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Ok, DS is 10 months old and this is our first fever. He woke up at 6 am with a 102.5, he was really fussy and acted like he didn't feel good so I gave him motrin. All day he was off and on fussy. My dad is in the hospital and I HAD to go over the today, before we left at 4pm it was 103, when we got home it had gone back down to 101.5, this was within about 45 minutes, he has taken a few short naps today and he took one when we got home. When he woke up I checked and it's 102.5. Should I just let it go or give him more motrin. The only reason I want to do that is because he is so fussy and acts like he feels bad. When I give it to him, he acts like he feels better within about 30 minutes. I know a fever is a good thing but I hate for him to feel so bad. He has nursed a lot today too. Any suggestions?
 

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In general, I don't treat fevers because (as you obviously know) it is the immune systems main weapon and I don't want to take that away. Kiddos can have very high fevers without issues. I know a few children are prone to febrile seizures (not mine but my sister was so I was on the look out for it). I think the issue there is often the sudden drop which is more likely with the fever reducers than without. Febrile seizures are not harmful anyway and unlikely to happen but I know if they did it would be terrifying and those parents do tend to reduce fevers and I might too in that circumstance (a child with a history of febrile seizures). My guys have had 103+ temps without any problems and hubby's got to 105 once (did a bath with that one). You have to use your mommy gut but I'm really hesitant to use the motrin/tylenol/etc and wish I would have learned that earlier than I did in their lives. For comfort it depends on the issue--ear infections I do topical pain relief in the ear. Nursing is comforting. If you ride it out the fever should go away faster in my experience.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In general, I don't treat fevers because (as you obviously know) it is the immune systems main weapon and I don't want to take that away. Kiddos can have very high fevers without issues. I know a few children are prone to febrile seizures (not mine but my sister was so I was on the look out for it). I think the issue there is often the sudden drop which is more likely with the fever reducers than without. Febrile seizures are not harmful anyway and unlikely to happen. My guys have had 103+ temps without any problems and hubby's got to 105 once (did a bath with that one). You have to use your mommy gut but I'm really hesitant to use the motrin/tylenol/etc. For comfort it depends on the issue--ear infections I do topical pain relief in the ear. Nursing is comforting. If you ride it out the fever should go away faster in my experience.</div>
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Thanks....I was hesitant to give anything but I have not had to deal with a fever yet and I tend to be a worry wart sometimes. I haven't given him the recomended dose but once today the other time I have him half a dose. I think I will just let him ride it out. He is so pitiful though. His little eyes are glossy and red around and he is sooooo fussy.
 

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I usually just let a fever be. It is hard to watch them be uncomfortable, but their body is doing just what it needs to to make it better. If the temp is over 103 or so, or they just seem too darn hot to me, I make them strip down to undies or dipe, and wipe them with a cool cloth. But that's really more for me than for them. I know that they'd be ok if I just left them alone to cook.<br><br>
Hugs mama, hope he's feeling better soon!
 

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We don't ever treat a fever and it sounds to me like your child would do fine without any medication. Fever is there for a purpose. It helps a body to heal. It is the best defence the boddy has against any virus.<br><br>
There are many studies that show without a doubt that fevers actually strengthen the child in the long run and may prevent certain autoimmune diseases in adults if the fever is left to run it's course in childhood.<br><br>
I am not at my own computer so I can not sent you any links to studies, but if you are interested, please send me a pm and when I get home I will reply.<br><br>
While my three children were growing up, we never even had a thermometer. I never checked their temperatures other than with my hand. And consequently (I believe) they never got abx. All three kids were raised without ever having gotten abx (until they went to college and thought they knew better).<br><br>
Now I have three grandchildren and none of them have ever been in abx and the oldest is 9 yo. We also do not check their fevers.<br><br>
Ok. back on track. Fevers are normal. Let it go. Even 105 is not too high for a child. Dr. Mendelsohn said he has never seen a child's fever go above that and he suggests letting it go even at that degree.<br><br>
The only time I would do something about a fever is if it would go up and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">stay up</span> there for hours without a break. Fevers should go up and down and up and down. Up for a few hours, down for 10 minutes or so repeatedly until the body rids itself of the virus which is more than likely the cause.<br><br>
The body knows how to regulate the fever best.
 

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We don't reduce fevers. It's just not medically a good idea. Their little bodies are trying to fight off the buggers and when we reduce the fever we just make it harder for them.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I totally understand the desire to treat a fever when your little one is completely miserable. Fevers can be scary things, but they are helpful for the body. We try not to treat fevers, but end up giving homeopathics or, if dd is absolutely miserable, we have given ibuprofen. I don't like any kind of mainstream pharmacuetical, but I do admit to giving in a couple of times just because I couldn't stand to see her suffer. One time was during a road trip and I just couldn't make her sit strapped into a carseat for so long with no relief. We also bought a portable DVD player on that trip, another thing I said I would never do. But, IN GENERAL, we try to let fevers ride themselves out, and make sure there is good air circulation around dd.
 

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I know it's suuuuper hard to see your child so uncomfortable! We usually let fevers ride out too. I only treat them if like pp said, it stays up for hours, or it interferes with eating and drinking. My dd had the flu recently and I brought it down twice because I wanted to keep her fluids up which she refused to do while feeling so bad. And for my little 8 mo who had Roseola recently with 104 fever for days, I brought it down twice in 4 days because I wanted to make sure he was nursing. He didn't want to nurse no matter how hard I tried when he was super hot. And with Roseola the fever can and did stay up for days on end. I figured it was better than ending up in the hospital on an IV because he was dehydrated. And i wanted as much breastmilk in him as possible.<br><br>
So all that to say, i only treat if the other option is dehydration and hospital or if they are sooooo completely uncomfortable they can't even sleep which is healing too. Recently my middle dd hasn't been feeling well and I wanted her planted on the couch but I knew with a fever reducer she'd be up and too active. So I let the fever ride to make sure she felt awful enough to lay down and let her body heal...but then when she hadn't drank anything in hours I brought it down for this purpose only, then let it rise again. It depends on the situation for us.
 

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Well...I didn't give him motrin unless he was completely misserable. He had a half a dose at about 1:30 yesterday cause he was soooo fussy and nothing calmed him down. His temp was 103 when we left the hospital from seeing my dad and was 101.5 when we got home, this was without giving anything. I didn't give him anything else until about 4 this morning because he didn't sleep but MAYBE 2 hours all night. He just cried and cried and no one was getting any sleep. I gave him a half a dose again and he went to sleep and slept till 10 which he NEVER does. He was sooo tired and his fever was gone this morning. I didn't want to give him anything because I know that it's a good sign, but I didn't know what else to do to make him comfy. I nursed him a million times, I gave him a bath cause he loves the bath and he just cried the whole time. I wasn't sure what else to do because I never got any suggestions as what to do to relieve him. I figured it wasn't AS bad to give him a half of the recomended dose as opposed to the full. It never brought his fever all the way down, just a little bit and then it would go back up. I guess I just did what I felt I had to do. I couldn't stand to see him feel so bad and i was unable to comfort him any other way. Thanks to you that replied and hopefully next time he won't be as fussy.
 
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