How high of a fever is too high?

How high of a fever is too high? I know general rule is treat the child not the fever and he's acting okay. Not super active but not lethargic either. But he's at 104.3. I gave him Tylenol and a warm bath but if it doesn't come down is it a cause for concern?

Tori Magee
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How old?

Jessica Sexton
J

Almost 3.

Tori Magee
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104 is considered dangerous and requires er.

Heather Vela
H

No its not

Jessica Chase 3 years

I think if lo is acting normal at that temp they are fine

Karina Montes
K

Then ibuprofen. Throw away the Tylenol

Jessica Sexton
J

If its stays high more than 3 days you should consult !

Mia Pryor
M

Children can run higher fevers than adults. 104.3 is not uncommon for children. Just call your pediatrician, if you're concerned. Don't run to the ER.

Liz Mckinley
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Don't give warm bath w/ fever. Cool baths only, push fluids and don't cover him up. You could put a cool washcloth on his forehead. Fever means his body is fighting off infection.

Liz Mckinley
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Never ever cold bath luke warm wet cloths in arm pits, forehead, feet... As the cold will put body in shock and have a seizure!!!

Becky Rudd 3 years

becky , I never mentioned cold baths or cold washcloths in my post. I live in Phoenix, we don't even have cold water! Not sure why you replied to my comment.

Liz Mckinley 3 years

It is not dangerous nor does he need to go to the er UNLESS lo is lethargic if he is acting normal hes ok.. (i worked a hospital and er... Once i took my son when he was little because he had a fever and they send me back it was 104.5 he was playing around and talking to everyone each kid is different and will react differently

Karina Montes
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And dont let him feel cold. If lo gets "cold" with shivering its just going to raise the temp

Karina Montes
K

Guys, I'm not afraid of the fever, obviously or I would be at the hospital. I'm just wondering if there is a number that is considered too high. And you shouldn't give a child with a fever a cold bath because it's can bring their temp down too quickly and send their body into shock. He had a lukewarm bath.

Tori Magee
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I don't think there is a magic number. Depends on the child, my sister Always ran super high fevers when she was younger. It was normal for her.

McKenna Compton 3 years

This is the highest he's ever been, but he's acting "normal". I mean he's not up playing and running around he's just laying around watching TV but hes not like lethargic or anything.

Tori Magee 3 years

But if going by a number, usually everyone says above 104 for 3 days is when it's bad. I went to the eR a few weeks ago for my diaghters 104 fever they said come back if it's been five days and still high.. She was the same, not playing but not lethargic. Hope he feels better soon!! All they did was give ibuprofen

McKenna Compton 3 years

My sons fevers are akways high. If he's acting okay, I wouldn't worry. One time my daughters hit 105. She was lethargic, couldn't focus, and wouldn't respond to me. We went straight to the ER. It really depends on how they are acting. I hope he feels better soon!

Jessica Goddard 3 years

I have read 106 is where u should draw the line... But some people aren't comfortable with that.

Karina Montes
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Yes ^^^

Karina Montes
K

A cool bath is not a cold bath. I don't think anyone recommended a cold bath, which is definitely not recommended.

Liz Mckinley
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I don't usually use fever suppressors but at over 104° I felt it was time to bring it down a little bit. He hasn't been under 101.5 for 24 hours now, but I wasn't really worried until it got up over 104.

Tori Magee
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If cool means warm, then that's fine. But then I think of cool I think that's closer to cold lol but that's just me

McKenna Compton
M

How old?

Melissa Webb
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If you do decide to take him find a urgent clinic. I can't agree enough how dirty ER are. It makes me cringe how many people still go with urgent care available.

Jessica Sexton
J

We don't have an urgent care where I live. I live in a very small town. As of right now I don't plan on going anywhere, was mostly just curious if there was a magic number that meant he needs to go regardless of how he's acting.

Tori Magee
T

My sons temps always reached 104-105 when he was under 5. Thank goodness it's not like that now. He grew out of it.

Melissa Webb
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how are you taking the temp? That is a pretty high temp

Katie Kearney
K

Under the arm. But that's adding the degree. He's back down to 102.5 Now though

Tori Magee
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I don't think you're suppose to add anything

Jessica Sexton
J

Some thermometers recommend you do that for under the arm temps. They are usually a degree off from the rectal temp. But some are already adjusted

McKenna Compton 3 years

Alternate Tylenol and ibuprofen every 4 hours. That's what they'll do in the ped's ER. My SIL is ped's nurse

Nancy Francis
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Bad idea. Let the fever do it's job. Tylenol is so bad!

Tara Andrade 3 years

^^amen

Jessica Chase 3 years

Nope you add a degree if you take a temp under the arm.

Tori Magee
T

I don't want to give him that much fever suppressors. I know fevers are a good thing so I just gave him a single dose of Tylenol yo get him back into a range I'm comfortable with.

Tori Magee
T

Maybe he has roseola? You will know if a rash comes in the next day or so

Katie Kearney
K

No tylenol please, that would suppress glutathione. Put a wash cloth soaked with acv on his forehead instead.

Lee Rock
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Take him to er that fever is very high and dangerous for a child. Hope he feels better.

Katherine Dunbar
K

104 is not dangerous

Jessica Chase 3 years

Not dangerous! !!

Karina Montes 3 years

I have to disagree. Give him a cool bath Tylenol every six hours. Keep him warm with his favourite blanket.

Robert Webster
R

No no no, Tylenol every six hours eek.... Give the body the opportunity to kill what's ailing him

Jessica Chase 3 years

Tylenol is aweful

Angela Sapp 3 years

I have three children and every time they were sick with a high temp I always gave baby aspirin and lots of rest and when they woke up three hours later the fever broke

Robert Webster
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Well robert things have changed. Aspirin isn't recommended for children under 21

Jessica Sexton
J

Kit that regular Tylenol for adults.

Robert Webster
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I mean is that regular Tylenol for adults

Robert Webster
R

Any tylenol for adults or children affect the liver the same way

Karina Montes 3 years

No Tylenol!!

Brenda Saldana
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I already gave him Tylenol. It's all I had on hand and I wasn't going to drag him to the store for Motrin. He's doing better now though. Still has a fever but is up talking and playing so that's good. It only dropped it like 2 degrees but he seems less miserable Now. I don't plan in giving him more though or alternating unless he gets back up over 104.

Tori Magee
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Robert Webster
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I would take my child in only because when my oldest had a fever that high I let it go and tried natural ways to bring it down but it spiked to 104.6 and he ended up having a febrile seizure. İ know it's not necessarily dangerous but how high are you willing to let it go before you seek outside help?

Crystal Vela
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My friends baby's temp was 106 and she brought him into the hospital and they got it down to 105 and told her to alternate Tylenol and Motrin! And it's it goes beyond 106 to bring him in! That's wayyy to high in my opinion!

Kelly Mendez
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U got that right I wonder if he has an ear infection

Robert Webster
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I wonder if he's pulling on one of his ears or both my eldest daughter used to have a lot of them she had tubes put in not once but twice when she was a baby. I bet he does.

Robert Webster
R

As Long as he is getting lots of liquids he should be fine. High fevers are only dangerous if the body is dehydrated

Kimberly Bentley
K

They can't do much about the hispital other than Tylenol and Motrin anyway. They also can't do anything if he has a febrile seizure. They just have to ride it out. He's not pulling on his ears and has only had one ear infection ever so he definitely doesn't need tubes.

Tori Magee
T

if that doesn't work we like ibprofen it lasts up to 8 hours so less medicine but hope it works for your sweet baby.

Kerri Bernal
K

To be save than sorry, take him to see his doctor or call the doctor. A temp. Of 104 is to be concern.

Mona Crocker
M

Your brain boils at 107. Was told by my mother.

Dori Whitfield
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Alternate between tylenol and motrin

Dani Busby
D

Never give anyone a bath when they have a temperature. The bodies natural defence kicks in to protect one and central nervous system send impulses to brain and receptors tell it to protect and the temperature goes up.
Every child is different when temperatures are flair ing. In my opinion 104 is dangerous, he s fighting something and one more degree added could get Scarey. Especially at bedtime when the body is trying to rest and balance. İf you cannot break the temperature in would take him to emerg..

Donna Mcginnis
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Its probably an ear infection with a fever that high, cool rags on his head and ankles and wrists, alternate every 3Hrs between tylenol and Motrin. I have 5 kids I know lol

Dani Busby
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My daughter had a fever that high 2 weeks ago, and they said her ears were spotless. It was just something viral, which can take days to go away. Giving fever reducers can just make the fever linger longer because it can't properly fight the virus. However they did say to bring her in if she still had a high fever on day 5. So it's not always an ear infection, but I felt safer getting it checked out just incase.

McKenna Compton 3 years

I didn't read all the comments, but vitaminC, elderberry syrup, and chop onions and put them on the soles of his feet in socks.

Rachel Wood
R

You can add a few drops of lavender oil to coconut oil as a rub and that might help with the fever as well

Dani Busby
D

My kids temps always spiked at night. I used to strip mine down to just diaper and that always cooled them down. I know it's nerve racking

Trish Fuller
T

People have died 105. I believe world record said a 12 +was 115 and lived. What parent allows that high? Any more than what your son has and getting worse I would take in.. They can help pin point where infection is and you can do natural remedies for it... My daughter and slight fevers or fever raises quickly she use to get seizures often. Febrile seizures...

Becky Rudd
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He's not going to die from a fever of 104. You have been lied to about how scary a fever really is. He also has yet to have a seizure. 104 is no where near 115. Lol.

Tori Magee
T

ive always been told only worry when lethargic unless its 105 or higher then they perfer it to be treated

Stefanie Reilly
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Our son had a fever for 3 days and we didn't give him anything. We used essential oils and took cool baths and just let it run its course. By the 3rd day his temp was about gone 4th day it was gone.

Cassie Riddle
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Well Tylenol was a mistake. Don't give a fever anything. Just let it run its course. A fever is the bodies hypothalamus doing its job. By giving fever reducing medicine you stop the body from working properly. It's like putting rice in the oil tank. Won't work properly. Please don't give anymore. Yes if he in uncomfortable it sucks but leave it to work and he will get better faster Tylenol prolongs his body removing what is in it. Good luck mamma.

Heather Caudill
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P. S. My Son has spiked 105.5 and i leave it. It's gone withing hours and he's back to himself the next day.

Heather Caudill
H

Numbers dont matter attitude does. The only way a fever will EVER GO ABOVE 106 is if say child is left in hot car, consumes toxic chemicals or hypothalamus is damaged. The hypothalamus will always start to naturally cool down body at 105-106. Cool baths or even tepid baths are not recommended because it increases shivering which raises body temperature.

Heather Caudill
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It broke for about 2 hours yesterday but went back up to 103.6 last night. But back down to 102 this morning so hopefully that's a good sign because he's starting to get more and more uncomfortable.

Tori Magee
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