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My poor baby girl has fever! I feel so bad for her. Its hovering around 102. And there aren't any other symptoms at all.<br><br>
I don't want to drug her with acetaminophen because I want the fever to do its job but she is HOT and miserable and ooooh sooo clingy. I finally was able to set her down to sleep right now and she has been stuck to me since about 6 this morning (its 11am now.)<br><br>
Any homeopathic remedies to soothe her or help her sleep?<br><br>
Any other ideas? She is not happy at all and while I don't mind holding her and cuddling her all day, I need a few moments here and there to use the restroom and take the dogs out and get myself something to eat.<br><br>
Poor thing.<br><br>
Also, when do I decide this has run its course and take her in?
 

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How old is she? My ds had a fever 3 weeks ago when he was 3 weeks old. The fever plus his young age meant 3 days in the hospital. He had a UTI that had spread to his blood and he needed to go on iv antibiotics. I'm really glad that I checked for a fever and called my ped about it, rather than just assuming he was fussy and leaving it at that. I would be concerned for you that it could be something serious if your ds is young. If she's older, then I'm sure its less of a worry.
 

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She's 8.5 months. So at this stage of fever and with zero other symptoms, I am not really concerned about the danger factor.<br><br>
Mostly, I am interested in ways to make her comfortable.
 

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Try a bath, normal body temp.<br>
if it lasts more than 24 hours, you should probably have her checked out.
 

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This article on the Dr. Sears website about fevers has good info:<br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T082100.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T082100.asp</a><br><br>
I'm reading the book "How to raise a healthy child in spite of your doc" and here's some info from there:<br><br>
For older children it is unnecessary to call the doc unless the fever fails to abate within 3 days or is accompanied by other major symptoms such as vomiting, respiratory distress, difficulty breathing, twitching, persistent cough lasting several days, and other major symptoms not normally associated with the common cold. Also see your doc if your child displays continued listlessness, irritability, inattentiveness, or otherwise acts and looks seriously ill. Make sure she's well hydrated. Untreated fevers caused by viral or bacterial infections do not rise inexorably and will not exceed 105 degrees. If your child has a fever resulting from infection, resist the temptation to use drugs or sponging to bring it down. Dress LO in as many layers of clothing as you find comfy for yourself, and no more.<br><br>
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The book also says "If parental sympathy impels you to do something to relieve your child's discomfort, sponge her off with tepid water or give her 1 dose of acetaminophen (tylenol) of the strength reccommended for her age. Do nothing beyond that unless the fever persists for more than 3 days, or other symptoms develop, or your child looks and acts really sick. In that event, see yor doc."
 

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I don't think you are supposed to give OTC meds to children under the age of 2 now, unless directed by a doctor. Not that I don't completely understand wanting to do something to fix it (I have a 2mo old with a nasty cold). A fever is the body's way of getting rid of the bug (even though it is miserable), if it is high and persistent you could call your doc/ped/ND for advise.<br><br>
I am just wary of throwing meds at everything, especially having had the recent FDA warning of no OTC meds for those under 2.
 

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Don't give her acetaminophen. She's had this fever for less than 24 hours, yes?<br>
If she's acting normal, except for the fussiness, peeing & pooping normally, don't worry. When ds had his fever I "made" him breastfeed often. I'd try to get him to latch on once or twice an hour. This way he'd take lots of little sips. That night I put him only in a onsie, between me & dh for skin-to-skin and breastfed him a lot. He was pretty much on the boob all night. It was exhausting but the next day, his fever was GONE. Completely gone. Dh & I got sick from him and we were down for like 2 weeks! lol<br><br>
Don't mess with the temperature, especially if it's within the first 24hours and it's not too high. Just breastfeed often and put her in a sling. All this will help boost her immune system. Just watch the fever. Now if it gets higher or she starts becoming lethargic take her to the hospital right away!<br>
I've heard that messing with a fever, especially too early, prolongs the illness.<br><br>
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Yes. I know and agree. No acetaminophen. That's what I said in my first post, that I wanted the fever to do its job. I just want her to be a little more comfortable so I was look for some ideas that were natural.<br><br>
The fever has been here for about 36+ hours. Its now around 103. Nothing else still, other than bright red cheeks(which she always gets when she is overtired.) She is just extremely irritable and clingy.<br><br>
I'm going to try some Ferrum Phosphoricum unless anyone has a better natural suggestion.
 

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A natural remedy would be cabbage leaves on her head. Keep putting them in the fridge to get cold again. If her fever climbs, you can also put tofu slabs on her forehead, but this should only be done if it rises since it's pretty intense.<br><br>
My LO had a fever around that age and we did that. At 103 I would also bathe with her in the bathtub. A ped told us to make the water warm and climb in there with my LO. Then, stay as the water cooled slowly so it would not be an uncomfortable shock yet would lower the temp. After my LO got better, I got sick with a 103 fever and it started to affect my liver, so a bath would be good.<br><br>
Like everyone said, a fever usually lasts 3 days. I consulted 2 peds who gave me two different dosages of baby tylenol, so I used the lower dosage and only used it once despite the insistence to continue drugging my LO indefinitely.
 

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Raw onion wedges on her feet (not cold, but fresh) and put socks on. It works to break the fever. My bradley method teacher said she felt both her kids get cold in her arms.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Don't give her acetaminophen. She's had this fever for less than 24 hours, yes?<br>
If she's acting normal, except for the fussiness, peeing & pooping normally, don't worry. When ds had his fever I "made" him breastfeed often. I'd try to get him to latch on once or twice an hour. This way he'd take lots of little sips. That night I put him only in a onsie, between me & dh for skin-to-skin and breastfed him a lot. He was pretty much on the boob all night. It was exhausting but the next day, his fever was GONE. Completely gone. Dh & I got sick from him and we were down for like 2 weeks! lol<br><br>
Don't mess with the temperature, especially if it's within the first 24hours and it's not too high. Just breastfeed often and put her in a sling. All this will help boost her immune system. Just watch the fever. Now if it gets higher or she starts becoming lethargic take her to the hospital right away!<br>
I've heard that messing with a fever, especially too early, prolongs the illness.<br><br>
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fever w/no symptoms + red cheeks could be roseola...we just got over that. Fever will go away soon, contagious baby will be fussy for a day or two, then not contagious baby will get rash and feel better. Fairly painless childhood disease!
 

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my 10 month old just had a fever a this past weekend and it was up to 102 too. i didn't give her anything either. just went out for a few walks that day- she loves to be outside and it was a little cool so it helped her feel better. i'd nurse her often and offer sips of water too. her poor little lips were chapped. fever was gone in a day. that's it. of course now she has a cough but there's no fever so i'm just going to wait and see how it plays out.
 

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Just wanted to add my experience. When dd was 10m she got a fever out of nowhere w/ no other symptoms. It got so high that she was not herself, listless and her color was off...shivering, etc. Totally flipped me out as a first time mom and I didn't even think to check her temp. We went to the dr and they insisted I give her Motrin b/c it was so high and she was acting so "off". The fever was really persistant and would break-through the Motrin and she was miserable. After 48hrs I insisted they do a urine culture (after researching what it could be) and it was positive. Within one day of the antibiotics her fever was gone and she was herself again. It was really scary b/c from the start until we got the culture back it was almost 4 days and they were miserable. I knew something more was wrong, and I really pushed the doc to test her urine. Trust your gut and your baby. If she's acting OK, let it go....but if not definately look into the possibility of a UTI.
 

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No matter what your doctor says, please consider not using Tylenol or double doses of Motrin and Tylenol to lower a fever unless the fever is truly dangerous or truly delaying healing (e.g., DC can't sleep at all despite safe, natural remedies). My DH is a PICU RN. He recently cared for a beautiful 4-year-old who passed away due to liver failure caused by taking Tylenol for a few days. The parents did not overdose her, and she did not take overlapping doses of Motrin. She had a cold and a fever over 100. The parents were just following doctor's advice to lower the fever. She passed away while the hospital was prepping her dad for surgery to give part of his liver to her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Obviously, this was an unusual case, but you just can't know if your DC will be the rare child with a bad reaction to Tylenol (or any other drug).<br><br>
Personally, when I have a fever b/t 100-104, I feel better taking hot showers and using hot rice socks and hot water bottles on my back and legs. I know this raises my fever, but it makes me feel much better.
 
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