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Fevers- friend or foe

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Fevers- friend or foe

I HATE fevers. They honestly just scare me to death. Even when my kiddos are just at 99.9 I panic a little. I know a fever is fighting infection, buy is it wrong to give Tylenol or Ibuprofen before their temp reaches a certain degree? For example, my 22 month old had 100.4 temp about 30 minutes before bedtime last night. I gave him Tylenol because I didn’t want it to get higher during the night and I wanted him to sleep well. A cold (hopefully not the flu, we got our shots) is trying to make its way through the house. Both boys have minor runny noses, so I know they don’t feel all that great. Was it wrong to give him the meds?

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  1. We’re dealing with the same thing right now, Alexe. Fighting off a cold brought on by a week at Disney. I always give my daughter a dose of Tylenol before bed, even if the fever is low-grade.

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  2. Fevers can be tricky for sure! We have a Bundoo video coming out in the very near future that answers many questions about fever. In the meantime, remember you can always post a question to Ask Bundoo. We would love to hear from you!

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  3. We just went through this too! My girls ended up with ear infections but their fevers reached over 103 and we were able to keep them down with motrin and a wet towel over their little foreheads. Good luck!

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  4. If my son has a low grade fever before bed I usually go ahead and give him some medication so that I know he sleeps well and the fever doesn’t get too high while I am sleeping. If he has a fever during the day when I’m home I use the watch and wait approach to avoid giving him unnecessary medication. Because fever is the bodies way of trying to fend off infections, I try to give his immune system a chance, but I always give him something when he starts acting like he feels bad.

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    1. Good point, Leah, about fevers meaning our bodies are working… We always think fevers mean bad news, but it is an indication that the body is working to fight off infection.

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  5. My daughter is battling a high fever now. It reached 104 last night… It’s scary to feel her little body get so hot! I’ve been trying to keep it down by alternating Tylenol and Motrin.

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