kids and fevers....

  1. growing kiddo #3 here and have gone back and forth on the usefullness of fevers..if it's <101. i usually don't give motrin - >101, I do.

    what do you think about letting them ride for a while so that thier natural immune resonses can work a bit. I am not about letting them get uncomfortable, especially as they get bigger and the effects of a fever seem more pronounced.


    So, what do you think....nurses, moms and dads?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   SnowymtnRN
    Well speaking as a mom, i treat fevers greater than 100, mainly due to comfort not the fever itself. my kids are miserable when they get to 100 or above. i do believe in letting a fever less than 101 ride IF they are tolerating it well, because fever isn't a bad thing. it is your body fighting the infection or whatever and natural response to anything like that is always better IMO. I guess it just depends on the kid. FWIW, i also treat each kid differently. My 3 year old does MUCH better with fever and Motrin, but my 18 mth old does WAY better with Tylenol. Also i try to do the nursing measures, tepid baths, cool washclothes, juice/gatorade, that sort of thing. BUt greater than101 they get treated for SURE.
  4. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from SnowymtnRN
    . Also i try to do the nursing measures, tepid baths, cool washclothes, juice/gatorade, that sort of thing. BUt greater than101 they get treated for SURE.
    i agree
  5. by   Energizer Bunny
    I agree with you too....101 would be about where i would start medicating. This speaking as a mom since I am only a student.
  6. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from CNM2B
    I agree with you too....101 would be about where i would start medicating. This speaking as a mom since I am only a student.

    I can say with both hats on that I have learned a great deal from both.....
  7. by   memphispanda
    I only look at the fever just to keep track of what's going on. I don't medicate unless the child is uncomfortable, or the temp is 102.8 or higher. Works well for us--my kids are rarely sick, and usually are able to get over illnesses very quickly.
  8. by   Energizer Bunny
    How old is the kid??? Didn't think to ask that and it could be important!
  9. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from CNM2B
    How old is the kid??? Didn't think to ask that and it could be important!
    he's 13 mnths.......my avatar is his photo...
  10. by   Energizer Bunny
    Okay, I stick with my 101 then!
  11. by   SnowymtnRN
    Quote from nurseunderwater
    he's 13 mnths.......my avatar is his photo...

    OOOHHHH i love that pic! SO cute!
  12. by   jax
    Too lazy to look it up- Whats 101 in celcius?

    jax
  13. by   camay1221_RN
    I do telephone triage and work for a group of pediatricians. Our protocol says to treat a fever of 102 or greater. That's very easy for me to say as a nurse sitting on the phone and not having to be with the child. The mom in me always treats a fever when they are uncomfortable, my own kids that is.
  14. by   VaKidPN
    I work for a pediatric group and we tell the parents to give motrin for 102 and up because its hard on the stomach and can cause some vomiting.

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