We have fever. Help me!

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AnnaRO's picture
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We have fever. Help me!

So Lyla has her first real fever. She's had low grade before but the highest it's ever been before was 100.3, now we are in 100.9 and up to 101.6 territory and that's after I gave her tylenol an hour ago.

So far the only thing I've ever given her is tylenol, but I've heard some of you mention alternating tylenol and ibuprofen. How often? Is it still only every 4 hours? Doc office is closed so I can't even call anyone. I am really hating this. What else can I do to help make her feel better?

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The ibuprofen we have (advil it is) can be given every 6-8 hours. So try to time it so the Tylenol is in the middle of it. You can also do a luke warm bath but if she starts to shiver make sure you put more warm water in, since shivering causes an increase in temp.

Does she have any other symptoms? Simon had a fever before his bday and didnt have any other symptoms until 3 days later when he got croup. It wasnt too bad though, it only lasted a few days.

I hope she feels better soon!!!

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With that fever level, we just ignored it during the day as long as he was doing okay and alternated Infants Advil and Infants Tylenol look alike at night (so whenever he woke up we gave him whatever he hadn't had last). I'm not a big fan of medications, but I knew sleep was important. Once it got over 102, we medicated every 4-6 hours, alternating. When Aiden read 104 though, even I was panicking. We did notice that the Infants Advil brought down his temperature more than Tylenol. For whatever reason fevers seem to be at their peak at night, so we always started off the night with Advil since that's when we normally got his highest readings.

Oh, and whenever you have any questions about medications call a pharmacists! Even if it's just the one at your local Walgreen's or whatever. They're usually more up to date than doctors are about dosing, medicine concerns, reactions, etc. It's their whole job, where a doctor has a bunch of other stuff to keep in their head, not just meds.

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Mona, she had her shots today including the MMR so I'm thinking that's responsible, but her temp was 99 before her shots at the docs office, it was 95 right before I left the house to go to the appointment. I know 101 isn't high but it's the highest she's had and she's obviously miserable and my emotional state is incredibly fragile with being pg and all.

I don't have infants ibuprofen at home. I was going to go buy some, but as I typed up my previous post she was dozing off snuggled next to me so I put her to bed. She didn't get dinner or a bath.

I know I'm being stupid and whining, but I'm all alone here and a complete mess. Mommies need hugs too.

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OH yes, I read about the shots, I forgot. I also found that advil worked much better than tylenol. but since her fever isnt severe, i'm sure tylenol will do the trick.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Oh, and whenever you have any questions about medications call a pharmacists! Even if it's just the one at your local Walgreen's or whatever. They're usually more up to date than doctors are about dosing, medicine concerns, reactions, etc. It's their whole job, where a doctor has a bunch of other stuff to keep in their head, not just meds.

I can't believe I didn't think of that!! Thank you, Jackie! I even thought about calling my SIL who is an RN, but I don't think I have to explain why I squashed that idea real quick.

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Anna, I was a MESS last night. It truly was one of the worst nights I've had since Aiden was born cause he was sooo upset for who knows what for soooo long and I didn't have DH to tag off with. Sad

Tylenol will be fine. If you're still concerned tomorrow, you can get Advil then. Smile

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

I can't believe I didn't think of that!! Thank you, Jackie! I even thought about calling my SIL who is an RN, but I don't think I have to explain why I squashed that idea real quick.

Most people don't think that they can call them! A good pharmacist has no problems answering your questions even if you don't get your meds there and even if it's OTC. Smile

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

Mona, she had her shots today including the MMR so I'm thinking that's responsible, but her temp was 99 before her shots at the docs office, it was 95 right before I left the house to go to the appointment. I know 101 isn't high but it's the highest she's had and she's obviously miserable and my emotional state is incredibly fragile with being pg and all.

I don't have infants ibuprofen at home. I was going to go buy some, but as I typed up my previous post she was dozing off snuggled next to me so I put her to bed. She didn't get dinner or a bath.

I know I'm being stupid and whining, but I'm all alone here and a complete mess. Mommies need hugs too.

:bigarmhug:

I think Jackie and Mona did a great job walking you through this so I'll just ditto them. Good idea about calling a pharmacist Jackie, never would've thought of that. I'm with Jackie mostly, I give Tylenol to induce sleep but I usually try anything else possible first to get them to sleep because the fever is working to do a job, protect the body and kill any bad stuff that needs fighting off.

It's hard to be there by yourself, just take a deep breath, you're doing GREAT!!!

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I agree you are doing a great job Anna!!! Chloe also got a temp with her one year shots.. luckily it did not hang around long.. I hope you both get up refreshed tomorrow morning.

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I alternate tylenol/ibuprofen every 3 hours. Tylenol lasts 3 hours, Ibuprofen lasts 6 hours. Some kids one works better on them then the other......Also, I like giving the luke warm bath if the temp gets too high....

I'm hoping she'll be feeling better by morning :openarms:

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Ditto to everything posted. I also have found that ibuprofen works better than tylenol, and we also alternate every 3 hours. I hope you both are doing great this morning.

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You got some great advice. I hope you both got some restful sleep and are feeling better today.