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Prolonged High Fever MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46773 posts
7th May '13

My 1 year old son (just turned one a couple weeks ago) has had a fever since Saturday morning. Saturday he had a fever of 103 all day, treated with Motrin it came down. Sunday he had a fever of 104 all day, and again Motrin brought it down but only for a short period of time. Sunday night through yesterday he had a fever of 105. Motrin only brought it down to 102. Today he's been alright but then spikes a fever of 103/104 again. Motrin is keeping it well controlled. He has been on antibiotics for two days.



At what point should I take him back to the doctor and ask for more extensive testing for this fever? Is 4 days normal for a high fever to last even with antibiotics? They aren't treating anything specific... His ears look clear, urine is fine, throat is a bit red but strep culture was negative. I feel like he should be getting better.



To make it worse his asthma is acting up so hes been using his inhaler more than I like.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
7th May '13

3 or more days with a fever is usually when I take mine in. I would at least call the doctor and see what they say.

mmmc15 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Wyoming 708 posts
7th May '13

I would cal the doc tomorrow if it does not go down. If he is not responding to the antibiotics it is likely viral and just has to run it's course.

Elliot Grace (18 weeks) Due September 22; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 18160 posts
7th May '13

Poor baby. He must be miserable :( when dd had a fever of 105 and a febrile seizure she didn't get back to her normal self for a solid 2 weeks (although her fevers weren't as constantly high as your LO) I think you're doing the right thing with Motrin but I'd call his doc for some peace of mind

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Armpit, of, Ireland 29526 posts
7th May '13

To me it sounds like it's probably viral more than anything. You could still let the pedi know in case there's something more they want to look into- obviously they know your son better than I do, lol. 105 is pretty high and will put him more at risk of febrile seizures, etc. Alternate tylenol and motrin to keep him comfortable.

How is he drinking? I know you said he's on antibiotics (which won't do much for a virus anyway), I assume since he's taking them he's drinking something? Encourage as much as you can as far as fluids. BM/pedialyte, etc... whatever he drinks.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46773 posts
7th May '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" 3 or more days with a fever is usually when I take mine in. I would at least call the doctor and see what they say."


He has been to the doctor. Three times. Mostly for the asthmatic aspect, and then yesterday for his fever being 105. That's why I am hesitant to take him back. im wondering at what point it becomes a concern that the fever hasn't passed.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
7th May '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" He has been to the doctor. Three times. Mostly for the asthmatic aspect, and then yesterday for his ... [snip!] ... 105. That's why I am hesitant to take him back. im wondering at what point it becomes a concern that the fever hasn't passed."

I would call the doctor and ask them. My doctor says 105-106 after meds is ER worthy. If the meds are bringing it down then thats good but if its getting higher day after day I would at least call them and let them know whats going on. Maybe there is something else they need to test for.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46773 posts
7th May '13
Quoting tinana+2:" To me it sounds like it's probably viral more than anything. You could still let the pedi know in case ... [snip!] ... taking them he's drinking something? Encourage as much as you can as far as fluids. BM/pedialyte, etc... whatever he drinks. "


That is my thought. The doctor thought it was viral anyways but decided to do the antibiotic just in cade because his asthma gets bad when hes sick and also his throat was very swollen even though strep was negative.



At what point, though, is it not normal for a virus to proceed? What's the normal time frame for something like this to pass?



Hes drinking and eating fine. Hes been throwing up here and there but I haven't been withholding food because 75% of the time its staying down and he is miserable to try and stop from eating. He is holding fluids down well. Were pushing pedialyte, keeping him stripped down and checking his temp religiously. Hes been doing just the Motrin as alternating hasn't made a difference. Tylenol isn't helping the fever st all.



The weird thing is that when the Motrin is controlling the fever hes totally happy. Clingy, but happy. Playing, eating... All that jazz. Its just when the fever spikes that he gets truly inconsolable.

mmmc15 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Wyoming 708 posts
7th May '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" That is my thought. The doctor thought it was viral anyways but decided to do the antibiotic just in ... [snip!] ... happy. Clingy, but happy. Playing, eating... All that jazz. Its just when the fever spikes that he gets truly inconsolable."


My three year old is that way too. Hope he feels better soon.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46773 posts
7th May '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" I would call the doctor and ask them. My doctor says 105-106 after meds is ER worthy. If the meds are ... [snip!] ... day after day I would at least call them and let them know whats going on. Maybe there is something else they need to test for."


The meds do bring it down. Takes a while though and doesn't last long.

Elliot Grace (18 weeks) Due September 22; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 18160 posts
7th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MunchkinWrangler:</b>" That is my thought. The doctor thought it was viral anyways but decided to do the antibiotic just in ... [snip!] ... happy. Clingy, but happy. Playing, eating... All that jazz. Its just when the fever spikes that he gets truly inconsolable."</blockquote>




A solid 2 full weeks

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Armpit, of, Ireland 29526 posts
7th May '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" That is my thought. The doctor thought it was viral anyways but decided to do the antibiotic just in ... [snip!] ... happy. Clingy, but happy. Playing, eating... All that jazz. Its just when the fever spikes that he gets truly inconsolable."


I have taken care of children (at work) that have had viral illness for up to a week. Fevers of 104-106 for days and days, with no documented reason, other than 'virus'. Really. Makes you literally just go.... wut? :shock: It's just strange to see it so high for so long, to see them so sick, so weak.... and just.... there. When they're admitted to us it's usually for hydration though, when they aren't drinking enough at home, etc.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46773 posts
7th May '13
Quoting tinana+2:" I have taken care of children (at work) that have had viral illness for up to a week. Fevers of 104-106 ... [snip!] ... just.... there. When they're admitted to us it's usually for hydration though, when they aren't drinking enough at home, etc. "


Ugh a week. I have already missed so much work between him being sick (this happened 2 weeks ago with him, too) and my daughters foot issue. I need to just work from home!

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Armpit, of, Ireland 29526 posts
7th May '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" Ugh a week. I have already missed so much work between him being sick (this happened 2 weeks ago with him, too) and my daughters foot issue. I need to just work from home!"


GL Mama- hopefully he's better before then. Not all viruses last that long of course, maybe he'll be better by morning! (And I agree- working from home would be wonderful... lol)