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DD (12 mos) has had a fever now for two days. She doesn't let me take her temperature that often, but the times I did it was 102.8 underarm and one time 103.4 in her mouth, so not super high. But this is the first time that she is sick and this is my first child so I am nervous. In the back of my mind I think of a friend's child who just had a high fever and no other symptoms and then was hospitalised for pneumonia and would have died if they didn't get him on oxygen right away. I know that is worst case, but this is my baby we are talking about, and we are in Asia in a country without good medical care, so I get anxious sooner than normal.<br>
She seems listless, tired and wants to nurse all the time. She also didn't sleep very well last night and today I notice that her tongue is white. She has allergies and eczema and the irony is that her skin looks better today than it has in a long time.<br>
All my friends here are very mainstream with regards to health and medicine and would recommend medicating the fever, which I don't want to do. What do I need to look out for and when do I go and see a doctor (there are US docs here, but they do like antibiotics and I really don't want to do that unless it is absolutely necessary).<br>
She doesn't want to drink anything other than breastmilk, so I am taking a lot of SA and some echinacia. What else do I need to do? Do I keep her warm or sponge her down or just let her be?
 

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I'm all for keeping fevers warm. I'm sure others will disagree.<br><br>
Before you take her to a doctor, try this.<br><br>
Get some cloth -- flannel or wool preferrable, or a few layers of 100% cotton if not -- and get it thoroughly soaked. Wring it out very well. Wrap the damp cloths around your child's calves -- to cover her entire legs under the knees.<br><br>
Then put sweat pants on top and socks, and a long sleeved shirt. THen wrap the bottom of her in a blanket, and put another blanket on top of her, maybe another one.<br><br>
The idea is that her body heat and fever will DRY the wet cloths around her calves, subsequently drawing the fever OUT of her HEAD, which will make for a much more comfortable child with a fever -- no more headache, stc.<br><br>
REmember -- fever is good. Fever is fighting the illness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thank you! I did this yesterday and it helped quite a bit, but she couldn't fall asleep with it - kept scratching her legs. I will try again today, because it definitely makes her more comfortable.<br>
She doesn't have any other symptoms, but this is her third day of having a fever. What should I look out for? And how long do I let it go for?
 
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