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Have you ever been responsible for a kid who developed a 104⁰ temp?

Asked by Dutchess_III (46256points) 1 month ago

My 9 year old grandson developed one. I was talking to mom and said “How terrifying!”

When I had daycare one of the daycare kids developed one. I took her temp and stared at it in disbelief.
I gave her Ibuprofen and called Mom.
“You need to pick her up!” I said.
She seemed unconcerned. Said she’d call the doctor and make an appointment.
I said “Fine. But come get Annalise NOW!” So she did. The kid survived.

My daughter said yesterday was just terrifying until his temp came down.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Me, at 11 from Asian Flu, Christmas time. My mom put facecloths soaked in water and sometimes rubbing alcohol.

smudges's avatar

“Children and babies can have higher temperatures than adults, as they have a larger surface area compared to their body weight. Toddlers also sweat less and have a faster metabolism, which can cause them to have a higher body temperature. According to a 2019 article, a fever alone is rarely harmful and does not typically exceed 105.8ºF (41ºC).”

But even knowing that, it would scare me!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

I just got rid of my kid ASAP! Blew my mind that Mom seemed so unconcerned.

Dutchess_III's avatar

These weren’t toddlers @smudges. Just scary.

JLeslie's avatar

Ibuprofen takes about 50 minutes, too long to wait. I don’t mean don’t give the medicine, you should, but 104 can go to 105 in a short time. You have to physically reduce the temp in the meantime by using a cool compress and wipe their arms and legs and forehead. The baby will hate it! Not too cold, but cool enough for a minute to reduce the temperature a degree. I still do it as an adult if I’m up at 103°F and for my husband too.

I haven’t actually cared for a baby that hot, I’m sure it’s very scary. I do remember being a very young child and having 105 and my parents being very worried. I was miserable. My mom was probably terrified I’d go into convulsions like I did as a baby with a fever around that range. They used a wrung out towel to get my fever down a degree quickly. It was horrible! I could tell the whole story, but too long.

I’m not a doctor. Obviously, you should always consult your pediatrician.

ragingloli's avatar

I few hundred years ago, when I had a gingerbread house in the woods. Though I usually had the oven at at least 200 degrees, not just 104.

Acrylic's avatar

My kid did, a couple times. Recovered fine.

janbb's avatar

Kids can spike a high fever. It’s not that unusual. Of course, you want to help it go down.

Forever_Free's avatar

Yes. Tylenol dose and cool bath soaks.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Actually I heard cool baths does the opposite. It sets the kid to shaking from cold and that shaking is designed to raise the body temp.

Forever_Free's avatar

@Dutchess_III Not sure where you heard it, but it is still a treatment.

Dutchess_III's avatar

A doc told me that years ago and it sounded logical.

raum's avatar

Lukewarm baths are good to lower body temperature.

But not so cold that it causes them to shiver.

smudges's avatar

@Dutchess_III awwww kitty and man. the pretty girl in red disappeared! lol

Dutchess_III's avatar

I worked on my avatar all damn day! But thank you for noticing @smudges. That was my oldest granddaughter, and what’s up now is my son. It’s just a cool pic.

smudges's avatar

@Dutchess_III I know what you mean about working on it all day. I haven’t gone that far, but have spent hours on one. Pisses me off when they don’t fit and I can’t make them! I figured it was your granddaughter. You son is nice-looking, and of course, all kitties are beautiful. ;)

Dutchess_III's avatar

He’s got his Grizzly Adams gear on. He works outside.

smudges's avatar

Cool! My nephew has a full beard, too. He’s 34 but looks just like a baby if he shaves!

Dutchess_III's avatar


I really need to edit this to a 105⁰ fever. 104⁰ would have raised my eyebrows but I wouldn’t have reacted the way I said in the details.
I’ve dealt with 104 a lot but it was always fleeting.

SnipSnip's avatar

Many times. Both of my kids had temps of 105 a number of times when they were little. Strep was the most common culprit.

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