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My 4 year old is sick. [Gryffinwhore♥] Due March 3; 34 kids; Poulsbo, Washington 32770 posts
24th Mar '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.

Sarah ♥ K&K 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Oceanside, CA, United States 112347 posts
status 24th Mar '13

Her 2nd molars might be coming in, especially since shes saying her gums hurt.



Primary Teeth Development Chart
Upper Teeth When tooth emerges When tooth falls out
Central incisor 8 to 12 months 6 to 7 years
Lateral incisor 9 to 13 months 7 to 8 years
Canine (cuspid) 16 to 22 months 10 to 12 years
First molar 13 to 19 months 9 to 11 years
Second molar 25 to 33 months 10 to 12 years
Lower Teeth
Second molar 23 to 31 months 10 to 12 years
First molar 14 to 18 months 9 to 11 years
Canine (cuspid) 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

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
24th Mar '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
24th Mar '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♥] Due March 3; 34 kids; Poulsbo, Washington 32770 posts
24th Mar '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?

adkjishaiu 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Los Angeles, California 42887 posts
status 24th Mar '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.

Sarah ♥ K&K 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Oceanside, CA, United States 112347 posts
status 24th Mar '13
Quoting [Gryffinwhore♥]:" Based on the chart, shouldn't she have them already? "


Those are just estimates. Give or take 6 months.




I'm not sure why her gums would be hurting if she isnt teething though.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
24th Mar '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♥] Due March 3; 34 kids; Poulsbo, Washington 32770 posts
24th Mar '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.

adkjishaiu 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Los Angeles, California 42887 posts
status 24th Mar '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.

adkjishaiu 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Los Angeles, California 42887 posts
status 24th Mar '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♥] Due March 3; 34 kids; Poulsbo, Washington 32770 posts
24th Mar '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
24th Mar '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♥] Due March 3; 34 kids; Poulsbo, Washington 32770 posts
24th Mar '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.

adkjishaiu 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Los Angeles, California 42887 posts
status 24th Mar '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.