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My 4 year old is sick. [Gryffinwhore♥] 3 kids; anywhere, bH, United States 37526 posts
Mar 24th '13

Violet has a fever. I don't own a thermometer, so I don't know how high it is. I am able to keep it down with Motrin, and she seems to be okay at least while the medicine is in her system. She's been extra sleepy the last 2 days. She slept the majority of yesterday and then slept from 9pm until 7:30 this morning. She woke up a couple times last night to drink some water and I gave her more medicine.



She's kind of laid around today in bed with me, just watching movies. She really didn't eat anything until dinner time, but has been drinking water all day.



She's not puking, no diarrhea, her ears don't hurt, her throat isn't sore. The only thing other than a fever is that she has been saying her gums hurt?



I don't know. I'm not sure if I should take her in or not.

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
Mar 24th '13

I would take her in just because she is being lethargic. If she was acting normal but had a temp I wouldn't worry too much as long as she was drinking plenty and you were able to keep it down. Usually they say when LOs start acting different is when they should be seen with a fever.

.:Mini.Me:. 1 child; Arizona 406 posts
Mar 24th '13
Quoting ⚓ Sarah ⚓:" Her 2nd molars might be coming in, especially since shes saying her gums hurt. Primary Teeth Development ... [snip!] ... 17 to 23 months 9 to 12 years Lateral incisor 10 to 16 months 7 to 8 years Central incisor 6 to 10 months 6 to 7 years"


I was thinking teething, but I wasn't sure if that could happen to 4 year olds.. This makes sense though

[Gryffinwhore♥] 3 kids; anywhere, bH, United States 37526 posts
Mar 24th '13
Quoting ⚓ Sarah ⚓:" Her 2nd molars might be coming in, especially since shes saying her gums hurt. Primary Teeth Development ... [snip!] ... 17 to 23 months 9 to 12 years Lateral incisor 10 to 16 months 7 to 8 years Central incisor 6 to 10 months 6 to 7 years"


Based on the chart, shouldn't she have them already?

smASHface 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Chicago, IL, United States 57887 posts
Mar 24th '13

I wouldn't take her in. I don't think she's lethargic at all. My daughter had a fever get to 105 and she was very lethargic and was not responding to me. Just slept. She's drinking so that's good. Is she peeing okay? I'd give it another day cause it's more than likely a teething thing.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
Mar 24th '13

I would go get a thermometer and actually know how high her fever is getting. If she is staying hydrated and still responding to you when spoken to then she isnt by definition lethargic. If the fever persists for more than 3 days then take her in. Fever is usually the bodys way of fighting infection so if its not getting to high I wouldn't treat it.

[Gryffinwhore♥] 3 kids; anywhere, bH, United States 37526 posts
Mar 24th '13
Quoting White Chocolate Milk:" I would take her in just because she is being lethargic. If she was acting normal but had a temp I wouldn't ... [snip!] ... and you were able to keep it down. Usually they say when LOs start acting different is when they should be seen with a fever."


That's kind of what I was thinking. She just hasn't been herself.
I really need to buy a thermometer so I know what her temp actually is. lol. She always worries me with fevers. She has had a febrile seizure, so when I notice she is warmer than usual, she gets Motrin. Don't want to see that again.

smASHface 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Chicago, IL, United States 57887 posts
Mar 24th '13
Quoting White Chocolate Milk:" I would take her in just because she is being lethargic. If she was acting normal but had a temp I wouldn't ... [snip!] ... and you were able to keep it down. Usually they say when LOs start acting different is when they should be seen with a fever."

it's a much different change than just being sick and not feeling the best. Lethargic is a totally different thing.

smASHface 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Chicago, IL, United States 57887 posts
Mar 24th '13
Quoting [Gryffinwhore♥]:" That's kind of what I was thinking. She just hasn't been herself. I really need to buy a thermometer ... [snip!] ... She has had a febrile seizure, so when I notice she is warmer than usual, she gets Motrin. Don't want to see that again. "


How is she acting differently? You know your child best and whatever your gut tells you to do, do it. Being sleepy and not feeling well and not being you is a part of some of it but for me, my daughter didn't wake for a long time and was really dehydrated. I took her temp it was 103 after tylenol and then we rushed in. At the hospital it was 105 and she was have febrile seizures so I completely understand your fear.

[Gryffinwhore♥] 3 kids; anywhere, bH, United States 37526 posts
Mar 24th '13
Quoting 3LittleMonkeys:" I wouldn't take her in. I don't think she's lethargic at all. My daughter had a fever get to 105 and ... [snip!] ... slept. She's drinking so that's good. Is she peeing okay? I'd give it another day cause it's more than likely a teething thing."


She's gone a few times today.
She sometimes fights with us about going potty and she actually cried a couple of times today when I made her go. But I don't know if that's because she doesn't want to get up and go or what. It's hard because I don't want to write stuff off to her not feeling good and being crabby.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
Mar 24th '13
Quoting [Gryffinwhore♥]:" She's gone a few times today. She sometimes fights with us about going potty and she actually cried ... [snip!] ... want to get up and go or what. It's hard because I don't want to write stuff off to her not feeling good and being crabby. "

Did you ask her if it hurts when she pees? Maybe a UTI?

[Gryffinwhore♥] 3 kids; anywhere, bH, United States 37526 posts
Mar 24th '13
Quoting 3LittleMonkeys:" How is she acting differently? You know your child best and whatever your gut tells you to do, do it. ... [snip!] ... and then we rushed in. At the hospital it was 105 and she was have febrile seizures so I completely understand your fear."


She's normally a pretty active kid. It's hard to get her to focus on one thing at a time. I guess, reading what you said about lethargy, that she isn't. She was just kind of laying around today and being crabby.

smASHface 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Chicago, IL, United States 57887 posts
Mar 24th '13
Quoting [Gryffinwhore♥]:" She's gone a few times today. She sometimes fights with us about going potty and she actually cried ... [snip!] ... want to get up and go or what. It's hard because I don't want to write stuff off to her not feeling good and being crabby. "

my daughter fought me to go potty too because she was so weak but I wanted to see her go because I knew they say to come in if she isn't peeing. She could be dehydrated even drinking something and it might benefit her to go in but at the same time, she isn't too bad that she could probably be good for the night and maybe a call in to pedi tomorrow.

[Gryffinwhore♥] 3 kids; anywhere, bH, United States 37526 posts
Mar 24th '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" Did you ask her if it hurts when she pees? Maybe a UTI? "


That also crossed my mind.
I'll ask her the next time she goes. It doesn't seem like it hurts her, but it's possible.

smASHface 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Chicago, IL, United States 57887 posts
Mar 24th '13

I really don't think you need to rush in tonight to the ER. Unless she gets worse. Keep a close eye on her through the night and call in tomorrow cause something IS going on in her and she may need something but it's not dire to do so now. If she's not feeling well, we all just want to be lazy and crabby so I understand her.