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Old 10-27-2011, 05:52 PM   #1
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Fever and shivering question

Dd1 was so nice and shared her fever with her younger brother. I know- I taught them to share well

Ds had 102* fever without meds today. He was pretty miserable when they would start to wear off, so we've been alternating tylenol and motrin since last night. While medicated he's been completely wild, but about 1/2 hour before it's time for his next dose he gets super whiney and clingy and just lays and snuggles and cries I forgot a dose this afternoon, it spiked to 104.4 and he immediately threw up the meds he was given. I don't know if we were supposed to, but we gave him half a dose, because it looked like it all came up, but I didn't want to completely overdose him. We put him in the tub, and it went down to 101, and then felt like it pretty much went away over the rest of the evening. Our ear thermometer never read anything more than 99.8. (I took it three times, all in the 99*)

I just went in to check on him in bed, and the poor kid was just shivering. His hands were ice cold and his whole body was shaking as he walked out to go potty. (he's in a long sleeved shirt, pants, and socks) His hands were ice, but he still didn't have a fever (4.5 hours after the last dose of Motrin). He snuggled with daddy in a blanket for a little bit, and then we put him back to bed. What would cause the shivering like that?! It was pretty scary to see.

He's been staying hydrated, didn't eat much of breakfast, but had a pb sandwich and string cheese for lunch, and a grilled cheese for dinner.

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I don't know, but I hope he feels better soon. Thats a crazy roller coaster temp.
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It's probably related to the fever breaking. Since it peaked early (104 is tough on little ones) and now is down, that's hard on a body. He probably got sweaty at one point and that kinda adds to it. Just keep an eye on him and hopefully he will be feeling better soon. This usually happens to me with that last big "break" of my fever.
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Shivering with a fever is very common if it's spiked high in a short time or dropped really fast. The body has a hard time adjusting to the sudden and drastic change. DS has them some what frequently due to him having cancer and being more susceptible to germs. I will just say one thing, the oncologists don't recommend ear thermometers as they are a lot less accurate then under the arm or tongue. We had one and were told to throw it out when he was diagnosed and get a regular digital one.
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Shivering with a fever is very common if it's spiked high in a short time or dropped really fast. The body has a hard time adjusting to the sudden and drastic change. DS has them some what frequently due to him having cancer and being more susceptible to germs. I will just say one thing, the oncologists don't recommend ear thermometers as they are a lot less accurate then under the arm or tongue. We had one and were told to throw it out when he was diagnosed and get a regular digital one.
This is all true including the ear thermometer. I did some tests with it and it is true that it isn't accurate.

I hope your son is feeling better soon OP.
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Re: Fever and shivering question

Thanks ladies. He's still a bit warm this morning, but his mood is up. I can't find the dang thermometer.

We have a digital thermometer, but it takes for.ever. and the kids never sit still long enough for it. Are there any quick/good ones out there?
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:26 PM   #7
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We have a Vicks one that does the temp in like 8 seconds or something like that. I also really like it because it lights up different colors depending on how high the fever is. Green = good yellow = mild red = high. It's also got a soft flexible tip. Out of all the ones we've used this is DS favorite one to use and trust me he's used a lot of them! He was also really mad at me when I lost if for a while.
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Could he have Roseola? DS2 is just recovering from it. Huge spikes in temp, shivering (I thought he was having seizures..which do occur with roseola) No amount of acetam/paracetamol helped bring the fever down. They gave a suppository at the hosp, which did bring the fever down, but only for 5h and then he began having loose stools. The ped told me to stop drugging him by day4 and allow for his natural immunity to kick in cos it was definitely viral (no other issues..just fever & loose stools)

Day6 fever broke out.

Day 5 brought on reddish spots on the body (which kinda freaked me out a little cos dh started a bit on his "See,this is why they tell you to not delay the vaccines. Im sure its measles") Fortunately the doc correctly identified it as roseola and to not worry. The spots didnt bother the baby and cleared up by day 8.
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Thanks ladies. He's still a bit warm this morning, but his mood is up. I can't find the dang thermometer.

We have a digital thermometer, but it takes for.ever. and the kids never sit still long enough for it. Are there any quick/good ones out there?
We use a forehead temporal scanning thermometer http://www.exergen.com/medical/TAT/tatconsumerpage.htm. I feel pretty good using it as I can take the temperature in just seconds, can do it often to watch the fever, and I can take it in the middle of the night and not wake the kids up. It's awesome! I have double checked it with a digital every once in a while too just to be sure. But I have stopped doing that when I took my DS into the doctor's when he was sick. They use the same exact thermometer So I guess if it is good enough for the doctor, it is good enough for us!
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