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We do the regular stuff--tepid bath if over 106, tylenol and advil alternating so that he is never un-medicated (even still, it spikes). I was wondering 3 things. First, does anyone know why this happens or why certain children are prone to high fevers? Or books on the subject? Second, any other tips from people who have had kids like this. (Tell me it ends as they get older, please!) He is rarely sick and these are almost always viral things (no ear infections, sinus infections and it has never been meningitis although we have almost had to have the spinal tap to make sure). Finally, should I worry about all that advil and tylenol? I tend to think that hearing loss or brain damage resulting from high fever would be worse, but what do people think/know? Laura
strip the kid down to underware, wet a sheet in room temperature (not cold) water, lay child down flat and cover with wet sheet, turn on a rotating fan to blow over the sheet until the sheet becomes cold, re-warm with room temp water, etc
-=-Dave Dad o' Eleanor (5 yo) & Elizabeth (2 yo)
Ten years ago I had the chicken pox and my temperature soared to 106. My doctors didn't believe me until I appeared in the office a few days later and my fever was just below 105. I just had the flu last month and my temperature stayed around 104, which is about the norm for me. Whereas my temperature does not rise as high as they used to when I was much younger, I'm never surprised or alarmed when my temperature reaches the 106 mark. I outgrew the asthma for the most part but the high fevers still occur on the rare occasions I am sick. To this day, my doctor still has not been able to tell me why my fevers get so high. I've never had convulsions, blackouts or other scary effects of high fevers. On the other hand, I can go to work and participate in other activities with a fever of 102 and just feel a little tired. My sister's temperature will soar whenever she is in any pain. Ironically, for the both of us, our normal body temperatures are below 98.6.
I just wanted to write to you to let you know that he just may be one of those rare kids who get high fevers without consequence, other than scarying you. Maybe it's heredity, although my daughter, has not experienced excessively high fevers. If you ever find out why this occurs, please let me know. Good luck in your search for answers. Kimberly
Our pediatrician says that some children have an "active fever response", and has recommended doing what you've been doing which is to alternate giving advil and tylenol. Even with these meds in her system, her temp never dipped below 102.
What scares me the most is when my daughter has no symptoms other than a high fever. This happened a few months ago when all she had was 7 straight days of 104-5. No runny nose, congestion, sore throat or body aches. By the third day she was feeling very fatigued, though. When she gets these mysterious fevers my imagination goes wild and I worry about rare, difficult or impossible to treat illnesses. Our pediatrician assures us that despite her fevers, our little girl is one of her healthiest patients.
My sense about all this is that each child's body is very unique, with its own responses and vulnerabilities. Some kids seemed prone to ear infections or stomach problems--my daughter has had 1 ear infection and 2 bouts of diarrhea in her life. This is in contrast to some of her friends who never get more than a day or two of 102 fevers, but are in and out of the doctors' offices for ear infections or stomach stuff. Karen
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