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Old 09-22-2012, 07:04 AM   #11
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Re: What do you consider a fever?

Depends on acting & other things besides it differs between kid to kid.

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:06 AM   #12
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My kids don't get a 102 fever. They get a 104 fever. They are always high, so we just watch them and treat them when we feel necessary. We used to take them to the ER when they got high the. We realized its just their genetics. They are both like that. When it's 104 or more and they ca. Hardly function they get meds. Alternating motrin and Tylenol after a dose of both. . Always works.
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Thanks for the responses. I follow the same beliefs as most of you...I treat the child not the number.
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Re: What do you consider a fever?

Yup, I agree with many of the other posters.
We figure they have a fever if they feel warm (and my kids always get really flushed cheeks with a fever), we do check with a thermometer
If they have a fever, they stay home from school and public activities.
We don't medicate for a fever alone, we base the need on how the kid is feeling. If they're feeling crappy with a fever, they get something for it. If they're feeling fine with one, they don't.
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Re: What do you consider a fever?

I medicated mine last week with 101 fever. He's four months old. It was his first fever and illness. Ended up being an ear infection. I agree with what a PP said. Tylenol is about making him feel better. The antibiotics got rid of the infection.
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I look at the child, not the thermometer. If the thermometer says '100.7' but the kid is just miserable and wimpy and hot and feels like garbage I give tylenol. If the thermometer says 104.2 but they're acting fine, I don't give tylenol.
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Re: What do you consider a fever?

I look at the child, not the thermometer. If the thermometer says '100.7' but the kid is just miserable and wimpy and hot and feels like garbage I give tylenol. If the thermometer says 104.2 but they're acting fine, I don't give tylenol.
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We dont even own a thermometer. We medicate if the child is miserable or has chills (shaking etc) or pain (like ear infection pain).

A fever is 100.4 or higher rectally.
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Re: What do you consider a fever?

DS has never gotten a fever over 102. I don't medicate just for fevers, the only time I've needed to give him something was when he was getting molars and had an EI and a fever, he was pretty miserable, poor guy. I don't think the baby has had a fever yet, at least not one worth noting, but I'd tend to do the same thing - medicate if she was miserable, let it ride if she's doing OK.
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I consider anything above 100 a fever but don't medicate fevers ever. They have a purpose and I let them run their course. If my child is miserable and wants to sleep all day, then I let them. I don't want to mask a fever and have their bodies think they are well and run full force. They NEED to rest.

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