Ok, I swear I wrote a TMI Tuesday about fevers, but apparently I didin’t. Or, I can’t find it. And you know what they say in the medical profession, if it isn’t written down, and you can read it and find it, it’s not done.
Anywho, fevers are crazy in little kids. Isn’t it funny how you can almost see STEAM coming off their cute little bodies.
And all that is good.
Does it FEEL good? no.
But fevers are great stuff. They show you that their body is fighting the infection. I really don’t care unless my kids fevers go over 104. That’s right, people — 104.
Symptoms are a whole other story. Neck, ear, throat pain — that’s a whole other bag of chips… but fevers alone.
P loves to get fevers, and hold onto them for extended periods of time and I’ve just learned this. A lot of time she has no other symptoms, but she must be fighting something. I keep expecting a rash (a lot of times, kids will get a high fever and then break out in a viral rash the next couple of days later), but nothing appears.
Anyway, it’s my advice. My kids are also addicted to tylenol and advil. I mean, if they have a fever, give them something to make them feel better. But, ask your pediatrician about dosing, etc.
In fact, if you have a question, as your pediatrician as I’m just a nurse. I mean, nurses run the world — but I’m JUST a nurse.
I will say kids fevers and adult fevers are two different things. Kids are so small their fevers get much higher, but if you — as an adult were to hit 103 or so I’d probably head in. That’s a pretty high one. And if you’re pregnant I’d even say 101 I’d call your doctor. But, I rarely get fevers anymore, maybe my kids have just taken the fight out of me.
My two cents for the day. Hope it helps someone.
ETA: Newborns shouldn’t have fevers. Ever. Anything over 100 should be taken to the doctor until they’re at least 2 months. Even up til’ about 4 months I get nervous. Just FYI.