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How high should fever get before ER? Hiatusssssssssss Montana 6248 posts
26th Apr '12

Scenario- your baby is around 9 months old and sick. You took her to the doctor today. Baby has fever, viral infection and double ear infection. How high should fever get before you take said baby into ER because it is TOO high?

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
26th Apr '12

Above 103.5, if it's not coming down with meds.

proudmom97 Due April 30 (boy); 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Colorado 752 posts
26th Apr '12

Around here they tell you 103. I never really worried much until my kids didn't respond to Tylenol/Motrin alternating and it went over 102.5.

vagina. 3 kids; Titz, No, Germany 30924 posts
26th Apr '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee:</b>" Above 103.5, if it's not coming down with meds."</blockquote>




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Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
26th Apr '12

104 not responding to meds... That's what our er and urgent care says

CakeBakin'Mama 34 kids; Indiana 678 posts
26th Apr '12
Quoting Squeaky McGee:" Above 103.5, if it's not coming down with meds."

Agreed! That's what my son's doc said. If meds aren't working and it gets higher (like 105) just go to the ER!

mommato2boys 2 kids; Okinawa, Japan 1221 posts
26th Apr '12

103.5 if medicine isn't helping. For a viral infection it take 2-4 days sometimes to break.

brooke ♥ 2 kids; Roxboro, North Carolina 20 posts
26th Apr '12

around 102 if its not coming down with tylenol and motrin.

Hiatusssssssssss Montana 6248 posts
26th Apr '12

Gotcha. A friend of mine's little one has a 103.7 fever and isn't going in (had a dr appt today) and I was just wondering how high it should get before taking her in because it just sounds so high for someone so small.

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
26th Apr '12
Quoting XxMeriahxX:" Gotcha. A friend of mine's little one has a 103.7 fever and isn't going in (had a dr appt today) and ... [snip!] ... and I was just wondering how high it should get before taking her in because it just sounds so high for someone so small."


Babies can actually tolerate higher fevers than adults. Is the fever coming down with meds?

mommato2boys 2 kids; Okinawa, Japan 1221 posts
26th Apr '12
Quoting XxMeriahxX:" Gotcha. A friend of mine's little one has a 103.7 fever and isn't going in (had a dr appt today) and ... [snip!] ... and I was just wondering how high it should get before taking her in because it just sounds so high for someone so small."


I understand, my son had a viral infection at the beginning of the month and in November (you can look at my post) it got up to 103 and it can be scary. I hated it!

proudmom97 Due April 30 (boy); 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Colorado 752 posts
26th Apr '12
Quoting XxMeriahxX:" Gotcha. A friend of mine's little one has a 103.7 fever and isn't going in (had a dr appt today) and ... [snip!] ... and I was just wondering how high it should get before taking her in because it just sounds so high for someone so small."

She needs to alternate Infants Tylenol and Motrin. The only time doing that didn't work for my children was when they had Scarlet Fever. I wouldn't go in either until it went over 104.

*Mrs Cherry* 21 kids; Colorado Springs, Colorado 10450 posts
26th Apr '12

I would start treating it at around 103 with warm baths, tons of liquids and rest. If that doesn't work after about an hour I give the first dose of fever reducer.
I mostly gauge it by how baby looks and acts as well as their level of hydration. If fever hits 104 even after taking steps to bring it down then I would take them in.



Fever in and of itself is not a bad thing. It is helping to fight the infection that I am assuming that you are already treating since you saw her Dr today.



The risk of seizure is mostly related to fevers that get very high, very quickly. It is related more to how quickly the fever develops then the temperature of the fever itself.

~~Kris~~ 18 kids; California 1795 posts
26th Apr '12

along with the meds, u can try a cool or warm temperature bath, my daughter got 2 ear infections when she was like 10 months old and had a fever it got up to 102 and it the thermometer was still going up but i stopped it there and just plopped her in the tub, i could feel her temp going down within minutes. and it was back to normal :D