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Fever of 103.5. Take her in? .._______.. Peru 47222 posts
23rd Apr '11

My 4 year old daughter (turning 5 in August) has a fever of 103.5 right now. She had a fever all day and this is the highest it has gotten.



She was complaining of sore knees today, she is having headaches, and is just very red cheeked and drowsy.



Should I wait and see if the Tylenol lowers her temperature or should I call the nurses line or taker her to emergency?

owlie 2 kids; Arkansas 5110 posts
23rd Apr '11

id give a luke warm bath and call the nurse line first.

P&T'sMom Due December 26 (boy); 2 kids; Washington 4541 posts
23rd Apr '11

UH. TAKE HER IN!
anything THAT close to 104, which can cause brain damage, is cause to be concerened!

Mrs. Brightside 2 kids; Lichtensteig, Switzerland 11733 posts
23rd Apr '11

i would call the nurse line to be safe.

furrbabiesmommy 18 kids; California 16570 posts
23rd Apr '11

I would be taking her in. anything over 101.1 and I get worried.

~*~ milk machine ~*~ 2 kids; Nebraska 919 posts
23rd Apr '11
Quoting rosamor the HOAR:" My 4 year old daughter (turning 5 in August) has a fever of 103.5 right now. She had a fever all day ... [snip!] ... Should I wait and see if the Tylenol lowers her temperature or should I call the nurses line or taker her to emergency?"

If you haven't tried motrin yet try that instead of tylenol. But I would take her in.

☮LoveAndSerenity 1 child; Kenosha, Wisconsin 52409 posts
23rd Apr '11
Quoting Paige's Mommie:" UH. TAKE HER IN! anything THAT close to 104, which can cause brain damage, is cause to be concerened!"


That's not true. Children can handle a much higher temperature than adults.




OP, do you have any Motrin? I typically use Motrin for fevers and Tylenol for pain. I'd give a popsicle and a lukewarm bath and some fluids and see if that helps

TypoDemon 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Hagerstown, MD, United States 20743 posts
23rd Apr '11

I'd take her in, but I freak whenever Rogue gets a fever so :oops: Have you tried a lukewarm bath yet? If that doesn't help then I'd call the nurses line. How long ago did you give her Tylenol?

DescendedDelight TTC since Nov 2012; 1 child; Addison, Texas 18697 posts
23rd Apr '11

They're going to take a urine sample, check her ears and heartbeat and stuff.
Then tell you to alternate Tylenol and Motrin, most likely.
Try that first, and if the fever doesn't go down, or it gets higher, then yes take her in. I would just want to save the trouble because I took little mama in last week for that high of a fever and they ended up needing to use a catheter for the urine sample :/

CantWaitForCambria 1 child; Sierra Vista, Arizona 2628 posts
23rd Apr '11
Quoting Paige's Mommie:" UH. TAKE HER IN! anything THAT close to 104, which can cause brain damage, is cause to be concerened!"


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children can handle a higher temp. but if she's had a fever all day...and it's getting worse(this being the highest it's gotten) I would be very concerned

Brightside 2 kids; Bald Knob, Arkansas 58130 posts
23rd Apr '11

I would not take her in unless it gets over 104 or doesnt go down by tomorrow (thats just me)



have you tried peppermint anything? tea or extract in her juice or water. it will brign down the internal fever within an hour!



however if shes still complaining of pains, id take her in if it doesnt drop soon. 103.5 isnt that much to be concerned over. kids can sustain higher temps than that. its actually a GOOD thing (bodys signs of fighting infection)



GL love <3

user banned California 4056 posts
23rd Apr '11

Some kids can run high temps. It's not the temp that should worry you, but how quickly it can spike. That's what can cause damage.

I would take her in if she's lethargic and not responding to tylenol/motrin.

I was told by ER and doctor to NOT give lukewarm baths. It brings the temperature down too quickly, causing it to spike again, and that's where you can see seizures.

I would definitely call pedi or nurses line if you have any doubts.

Damon Salvatore TTC since Jun 2013; 1 child; 3 angel babies; Christmas Island 7444 posts
23rd Apr '11

When my daughters was that high I gave her some tylenol and put her in a luke warm bath and in the hour it was down to 100 degrees.
Give it a little time and if you can't get it to go down then I would go in. A temp that high is only bad if you can't get it to break. You don't want to completely eradicate it either because it's serving a purpose, which is fighting an infection.

Brightside 2 kids; Bald Knob, Arkansas 58130 posts
23rd Apr '11
Quoting Paige's Mommie:" UH. TAKE HER IN! anything THAT close to 104, which can cause brain damage, is cause to be concerened!"


umm no.

nutmeg. California 22281 posts
23rd Apr '11
Quoting Paige's Mommie:" UH. TAKE HER IN! anything THAT close to 104, which can cause brain damage, is cause to be concerened!"


a 104 fever alone isn't causing anyone brain damage.

OP, monitor her, strip her down and try a lukewarm cloth on her head.
Her fever should go down a bit.
If it increases, call the nurse line.
Hopefully the tylenol will kick in soon!