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toddler/high fever...night terrors or hallucinations? LONG Kenzye and Chris' Mommy : 2 kids; Lebanon, Missouri 14524 posts
15th Feb '12

Okay so a little back story...my daughter is 2.5 now, but we found out when she was 17 months that when she gets sick and runs a fever it almost always goes up to a little over 105...while that is worrisome on its own and dangerous, she has recently started waking up in the middle of the nights (when she is sick and running a high fever) and will scream that things are crawling on her or trying to eat her...last night she was running a fever of 104.9 (and we have dealt with this for a while so we know what to do, don't worry) We gave her her medicine and a lukewarm bath...applied cold compresses to her head and back and put socks soaked in cool water on her feet (all suggestions by her pedi to help lower her fever) Well that worked and she went to bed...She woke up at 1:24 in the morning screaming that the ladybugs were crawling on her and eating her arms and eyes...and I mean she had tears and was really scared...we got her some pedialyte and redid the whole process because she was burning up with fever again...And while she was sitting in bed drinking her stuff she started smacking at her arms and legs and lets out a horrible scream telling his the dragon is biting her arm...
What is this? Are these fever induced hallucinations since her temp gets so high? When it gets like this we do all the above listed and repeat it as needed. She gets fevers like this with EVERY type of illness no matter how small it would seem to others...but this is the first time its ever been associated with these dreams or whatever they are...
If you read the whole thing thanks! And any advice would be helpful!

Mrs. Clemens Due June 17; TTC since Jan 2010; 34 kids; Norwich, New York 2095 posts
15th Feb '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kenzye and Chris' Mommy ::</b>" Okay so a little back story...my daughter is 2.5 now, but we found out when she was 17 months that when ... [snip!] ... been associated with these dreams or whatever they are... If you read the whole thing thanks! And any advice would be helpful!"</blockquote>




I would definitely be consulting her pediatrician and asking what sort of neurological side effects the fevers would be causing.

Kenzye and Chris' Mommy : 2 kids; Lebanon, Missouri 14524 posts
15th Feb '12
Quoting ♫OlivirsMommy♫:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Kenzye and Chris' Mommy ::</b>" Okay so a little back story...my ... [snip!] ... would definitely be consulting her pediatrician and asking what sort of neurological side effects the fevers would be causing."


We have talked with him about them before and there has never been an issue...she has never had nightmares or anything...but because she had a high fever when this happened I can't help but think that they are related. She has af ollow up appointment MOnday from her sick visit this past monday and we are going to talk more with him then since there are new things showing up with her high fevers. They tell us that anything 104.7 and lower is the bodies normal way of fighting whatever is wrong in children. Her temps usually go up to 105.3 so its higher than a "normal: high temp.

*Lolo* Due October 6; 5 kids; Belvidere, Illinois 5591 posts
15th Feb '12

my hubby does this. he called me his ex the other day...



he is fine after a day or so.

Kenzye and Chris' Mommy : 2 kids; Lebanon, Missouri 14524 posts
15th Feb '12
Quoting *Lolo*:" my hubby does this. he called me his ex the other day... he is fine after a day or so."

Are they ever induced? What are they?

M&F VBAC Graduate 19 kids; Texas 10997 posts
15th Feb '12

I dont know if this is the same but when my grandfather was in the hospital and they had him on some kinda drug that made him hallucinate and he was seeing spiders crawling all over the room and would start covering him self do they on him..

Kenzye and Chris' Mommy : 2 kids; Lebanon, Missouri 14524 posts
15th Feb '12
Quoting M&F VBAC Graduate:" I dont know if this is the same but when my grandfather was in the hospital and they had him on some ... [snip!] ... made him hallucinate and he was seeing spiders crawling all over the room and would start covering him self do they on him.."


She is just on an antibiotic and cough syrup...and nothing I am reading says they cause any type of these symptoms. Im definitely talking with her pedi Monday I just hate not knowing how to help her now. She hasn't had a fever all day so I am hoping she is done with them

*Lolo* Due October 6; 5 kids; Belvidere, Illinois 5591 posts
15th Feb '12
Quoting Kenzye and Chris' Mommy ::" Are they ever induced? What are they?"


nope. just high fevers. he yells and cries that his grandma died and other stuff. he will take tylenol but sometimes will still think things are there that arent.



plus chills and normal fever stuff. unfortunately im learning to ignore it with him. he gets it every time he has strep throat and thats at least 3 times a year.

Kenzye and Chris' Mommy : 2 kids; Lebanon, Missouri 14524 posts
16th Feb '12
Quoting *Lolo*:" nope. just high fevers. he yells and cries that his grandma died and other stuff. he will take tylenol ... [snip!] ... unfortunately im learning to ignore it with him. he gets it every time he has strep throat and thats at least 3 times a year."


hmmm that's crazy! Im hoping she grows out of them..her pedi told us when they first started that sometimes children's bodies just react to every illness as a severe illness and their temp will shoot up in an attempt to kill the virus...even it even if its not that bad...

Eileen & her lil parasite 20 kids; Tulsa, Oklahoma 2671 posts
17th Feb '12

Fevers....especially high fevers can cause hallucinations and delirium. It's not unusual and I've seen it in adults and kids. Once her fever comes down some they should resolve. As a matter of fact just two days ago we had a woman who has almost no sense of reality whenever she gets a UTI and even just a low grade fever. She couldn't answer any of our questions appropriately but at least she was pleasantly confused rather then freaking out which happens. So yes, they are cause by the fever. Just mention it to the Pedi but the only thing u can do for them is to get the fever down as quickly as possible so she stops having the hallucinations. I'm sorry she is going thru this....hopefully she will grow out of it as she gets older!!

Kenzye and Chris' Mommy : 2 kids; Lebanon, Missouri 14524 posts
17th Feb '12
Quoting Eileen & her lil parasite:" Fevers....especially high fevers can cause hallucinations and delirium. It's not unusual and I've seen ... [snip!] ... she stops having the hallucinations. I'm sorry she is going thru this....hopefully she will grow out of it as she gets older!!"

Thank you! She hasn't had anymore since that night so im hoping she is all better now...she has felt a lot better and the cough is almost gone. Do you have any idea what causes a body to get such a high fever over small illnesses? Im so ready for Monday so I can talk with her pedi about everything lol...

Eileen & her lil parasite 20 kids; Tulsa, Oklahoma 2671 posts
17th Feb '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kenzye and Chris' Mommy ::</b>" Thank you! She hasn't had anymore since that night so im hoping she is all better now...she has felt ... [snip!] ... body to get such a high fever over small illnesses? Im so ready for Monday so I can talk with her pedi about everything lol..."</blockquote>




Our body makes pyrogens which increase body temp to help kill off whatever infection is in the body. Which is why sometimes it's ok to let fevers run their course and do their job. But in her case it seems that maybe her body is over making them whenever she does have an infection but I don't know why or what would cause such an overreaction like that. Hopefully her dr will have more answers for ya