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I try to avoid fever reducers for our whole family, but I do have some "just in case". My DD has had a 102.5 fever all morning and I'm not sure if I should give her some or not? Shes still nursing plenty (in fact, thats all shes done for the past 3 hours LOL), not pulling on her ears or stuffy or anything, though last night her poop was dark green and, though today its normal colors again, shes already gone twice in the past 2 hours (she usually goes once a day).<br>
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I always judge how I think my baby "feels"--if my baby has a fever and I think it is making her uncomfortable, I give the tylenol. If she seems content or undisturbed by it, then I don't bother.<br><br>
So sorry your dd is sick, though! My little one has her first cold, and it is so pitiful.
 

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I also hesitate to give tylenol and motrin but if dd1 has a fever of 102 and climbing I give her tylenol. I would hate to put off the tylenol and have the fever get up to 104 or 105.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I also hesitate to give tylenol and motrin but if dd1 has a fever of 102 and climbing I give her tylenol. I would hate to put off the tylenol and have the fever get up to 104 or 105.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I always judge how I think my baby "feels"--if my baby has a fever and I think it is making her uncomfortable, I give the tylenol. If she seems content or undisturbed by it, then I don't bother.<br><br>
So sorry your dd is sick, though! My little one has her first cold, and it is so pitiful.</div>
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I totally agree. We're going through this right now. I didn't give her anything last night, but today she was screaming and miserable. The tylenol was a life saver and is giving her a few hours respite.<br><br>
Hope your little one feels better soon!
 

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Usually if get's over 102, but if she's miserable at 100, than I still give her tylenol
 

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Erm... 38.5 or so?<br>
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101F.<br><br>
I know you're supposed to take them to A&E once it goes over 39.5.<br><br>
(sorry, sorry, I can't work in Fahrenheit any more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> )
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I always judge how I think my baby "feels"--if my baby has a fever and I think it is making her uncomfortable, I give the tylenol. If she seems content or undisturbed by it, then I don't bother.<br></div>
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I worry about febrile seizures also, so I never want the temp to get too high.
 

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I would never give a fever reducer to a child. I did keep some infant tylenol on hand when my kids were babies in case they were in pain and the homeopathic teething stuff wans't helping enough, to use at night so the baby (and I) could sleep.<br><br>
I'd also use fever medicine if the baby or child was so uncomfortable that it was interfering with sleep and/or hydration- not to "treat" the fever, but to keep the child well enough to avoid dehydration, or to allow all of us a few hours of sleep after a long time of fussiness and not sleeping. Even then, I'd try to let the child's body do its job and not interfere with the natural healing process (of which fever is a part) more than necessary.<br><br>
If the baby/child feels hot but is able to nurse (or drink tea, etc, for an older child) and sleep normally, and breathing isnt' affected, then I won't even pull out the thermometer. Only if I feel something is wrong would I take a temp and call the dr.<br><br>
I've never dealt with a sick newborn, but I'd call the dr immediately if that were the case, and not attempt to self-medicate at all. Fevers in teeny tiny ones can indicate very serious problems.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Erm... 38.5 or so?<br>
*does conversion*<br>
101F.<br><br>
I know you're supposed to take them to A&E once it goes over 39.5.<br><br>
(sorry, sorry, I can't work in Fahrenheit any more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> )</div>
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I dont do that whole x9 divided by yadda yadda either - but a down and dirty method, not as precise but only off by 2 degress until you are up to 500 or so is: C to F = number x2 + 30. F to C = number - 30 / 2. So 20C = 70F. Not to accurate for kid temps, but great for weather....<br><br>
to the PP - if uncomfortable for an extended period, why not tylenol? A kid that is so sick he cant sleep only gets more sick.
 

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I'd also use fever medicine if the baby or child was so uncomfortable that it was interfering with sleep and/or hydration- not to "treat" the fever, but to keep the child well enough to avoid dehydration, or to allow all of us a few hours of sleep after a long time of fussiness and not sleeping.</div>
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The best way to "treat" a fever is to let the infection heal, and to do that one needs to be hydrated and well rested. If baby isn't nursing or sleeping, then I will give something, usually motrin.<br><br>
Often times you can offer relief without drugs, like cool wash clothes, ice chips, popcicles, luke warm baths, nursing, etc. The motrin is a last resort, when like Ruthla said, we are facing dehydration or no sleep.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would never give a fever reducer to a child. I did keep some infant tylenol on hand when my kids were babies in case they were in pain and the homeopathic teething stuff wans't helping enough, to use at night so the baby (and I) could sleep.<br><br>
I'd also use fever medicine if the baby or child was so uncomfortable that it was interfering with sleep and/or hydration- not to "treat" the fever, but to keep the child well enough to avoid dehydration, or to allow all of us a few hours of sleep after a long time of fussiness and not sleeping. Even then, I'd try to let the child's body do its job and not interfere with the natural healing process (of which fever is a part) more than necessary.<br><br>
If the baby/child feels hot but is able to nurse (or drink tea, etc, for an older child) and sleep normally, and breathing isnt' affected, then I won't even pull out the thermometer. Only if I feel something is wrong would I take a temp and call the dr.<br><br>
I've never dealt with a sick newborn, but I'd call the dr immediately if that were the case, and not attempt to self-medicate at all. Fevers in teeny tiny ones can indicate very serious problems.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I dont do that whole x9 divided by yadda yadda either - but a down and dirty method, not as precise but only off by 2 degress until you are up to 500 or so is: C to F = number x2 + 30. F to C = number - 30 / 2. So 20C = 70F. Not to accurate for kid temps, but great for weather....</div>
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I used the MacOS calculator conversion function <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Cheat's method!
 

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I never use fever reducers to reduce a fever. If they are in pain I'll give it for pain relief. Otherwise we ride it out. If it gets scary high we take a warm bath and use other natural methods.
 

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I'd only give motrin if DD were not able to sleep or nurse. I own a thermometer but I've never used it on her since the day after she was born when the midwife came to see us and took her temperature.<br><br>
When she did have a fever recently, I just sat up with her in the glider and nursed her about two hours that night and by the morning the fever had pretty much broken.
 

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I give at 38 or 100.4 .. sometimes even a little lower.. but my babies normal temps are on the lower sides.. If I dont give it then the fevers always get worse.. With a fever of 102 Id be in the ER.. But thats just me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I would give it when the child seems uncomfortable. The white blood cells are still going to do thier job once the fever has activates them, so why have an uncomfortable baby. I wouldn't want to be uncomfortable when I am sick.. but I would go based on how he feels rather than a number..<br>
With that said if the fever lasts longer than 3 days of is above 105 dc should see a medical professional to rule out a bacterial infection (this is for babies over 6 months there are different perameters for younger babies)..<br><br>
Hope your little one gets well soon!
 

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I would also only give it if the baby is acting uncomfortable. Occasionally my younger daughter runs a fever, but she's usually joVial so i don't worry. (sorry abuot typoa, she's trying to hel[p)
 
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