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1 year-old DD has 39.7 temperature.

(30 Posts)
Breizhette Fri 01-Feb-08 19:02:11

I haven't seen any other symptoms. She is teething at the moment so it might be that but she never had such a temperature.
I gave her a dose of calpol. My mum says I should put the alarm at 12.00 and give her another dose then. DH thinks I should let her sleep.
I am pregnant and can't take any decisions. What would you do?

NAB3wishesfor2008 Fri 01-Feb-08 19:04:53

If you wake up, go in and feel her head/back of neck. If not, let her sleep. Best thing if poorly. Make sure not to much bedding. HTH.

S1ur Fri 01-Feb-08 19:05:49

I would let her sleep. But check on her smile

Jacksmybaby Fri 01-Feb-08 19:07:17

Can you syringe a dose of calpol into her in her sleep without waking her? (Obviously taking care she doesn't choke as she's lying down).
If not I would let her sleep and just give calpol in the night if she wakes (after 11pm if you've just given a dose now at 7).

Breizhette Fri 01-Feb-08 19:07:19

Thanks Nab. I'll swith the baby monitor on so I can hear if she wakes/moans.

doormat Fri 01-Feb-08 19:07:50

ss but contact out of hours right away
that temp is very high

Mercy Fri 01-Feb-08 19:08:26

When did you take her temperature? It should go down within about half an hour of taking Calpol.

I would check her at regular intervals tbh.

Breizhette Fri 01-Feb-08 19:08:33

I was thinking of trying to syringe her in her sleep actually. I am so worried that I'll probably wake so I'll check on her. Thanks everybody.

belgo Fri 01-Feb-08 19:09:06

no, don't let her sleep, that's a very high temperature, far too high to be caused just by teething. Has her temperature come down with the calpol?

Certainly wake her in the night and give her children's ibruprofen.
And make sure she drinks so she doesn't get dehydrated. if you can't control her temperature, you need to contact a doctor.

Mercy Fri 01-Feb-08 19:10:45

Actually I think you are right Belgo.

Take her temp now and let us know waht it is.

Kbear Fri 01-Feb-08 19:11:11

keep her cool, put her to bed in vest and nappy, she will cry if she is cold. I would take temp half hourly until you go to bed then check her in the night (you won't sleep if you're worried about her anyway!). If she has temp in the night, give more calpol and nurofen liquid, strip her off, put a fan on in her bedroom and maybe a tepid bath if it's really high. This brings the temp down quickly.

doormat Fri 01-Feb-08 19:11:17

sponge her down and give her a tepid bath if she will tolerate it but it needs to come down,

Twiglett Fri 01-Feb-08 19:12:39

I'd give her some nurofen when I went to bed .. more effective at reducing temps

do not be surprised if her temp rises in her sleep .. that is natural

Breizhette Fri 01-Feb-08 19:13:08

I am going to call out of hours. I did think that 39.7 is very high, but I don't have any experience of that type of thing.

Twiglett Fri 01-Feb-08 19:14:12

very light cover .. just nappy ... maybe a fan

I would let her sleep but would dose her

if it was my DD (who suffers febrile episodes) I know I wouldn't sleep through and would be checking anyway without the need for an alarm .. if it ws DS I would be less concerned

do not panic .. babies get high temps that spike

doormat Fri 01-Feb-08 19:14:13

hope you dd gets well soon breizhette smile

Mercy Fri 01-Feb-08 19:14:38

Beofre you phone out of hours, what is her temp now?

Agree that iboprufen is far more effective.

Twiglett Fri 01-Feb-08 19:15:26

39.7 is high

but not unusually so

if she has no other symptoms NHS direct will advise the calpol / nurofen / stripped off route

has she been drinking with wet nappies to now?

missingtheaction Fri 01-Feb-08 19:15:58

Ask NHS direct

I would check how she is without waking her up on the hour from now on, take her temperature to see if it is going up or not. Make sure she is not bundled up in blankets etc and that her room is not too hot so her heat is body heat not external heat iyswim

if her temp is still going up i would give her some more calpol as soon as you can and start sponging her down, and definitely call nhs direct

VERY UNLIKELY but if the worst comes to the worst and her temperature spikes so she has a febrile convulsion (looks like an epeliptic fit very worrying but common in high temperature and much less serious than it looks) then get DH to call for ambulance; do not try to restrain her in any way (you will only get hurt), strip her off to her nappy when you can and sponge her down with tepid water not cold; she may be unconscious/drowsy when she stops in which case put her on her side (not her back) and tilt her head back a little bit to make sure her airway is clear so she can breathe easily. the fit is caused by high temperature but the hospital will probably want to check her over. very sorry to be a worrywart on this one - it is most unlikely to happen but can be terrifying and it is nice to know how to cope in the unlikley event.

CrushWithEyeliner Fri 01-Feb-08 19:21:59

keep monitoring her - sleeping will help the fever come down but you must keep an eye on her as well as giving calpol/nurofen, It must come down before she can be left to sleep it off in a vest/nappy. Calpol/Nuro will make her thirsty too so do offer cooled boiled water even just an ounce at a time.

Has she shown no other symptoms at all? Agree is too high for a teething temp which is usually just hot/clammy.

Good luck sweetheart x

Twiglett Fri 01-Feb-08 19:23:49

a 1 year old can drink tap water .. don't need to do cooled boiled

but agree with that

Breizhette Fri 01-Feb-08 19:25:30

Thanks everyone. Doctor said to keep an eye on her but not wake her if she doesn't wake and go to see a doctor tomorrow morning.
Thanks again. xx

Countingthegreyhairs Fri 01-Feb-08 19:25:44

I'm no medic so please check with doctor/NHS direct but you can alternate doses of children's paracetemol (suppositories) which are BRILLIANT at bringing a temperature down, with child's ibuprofen by mouth ...we've found it to be a very effective combination ...

...bit of a suppository convert since moving abroad !

If it's any consolation Breizhette, dd (4.5 yrs) had a very high temp, 39.4 last week. It was a bug that's going around. We treated her as above on advice of paediatrician. She slept deeply for 4 hrs and woke up feeling much better.

Hope your dd feels much better very soon too. It's really stressful when tehy get temperatures that high so you have my sympathies.

Breizhette Fri 01-Feb-08 19:28:08

No other symptoms. She is sleeping now so I didn't wake her to take her temperature. I really need to buy a contact thermometer as I have an ear one but it's rubbish, and I have an old bum-one.
I will sleep in her room so I can keep an eye on her.

Countingthegreyhairs Fri 01-Feb-08 19:32:45

Hope you both manage to get a good night's sleep Breizhette.

lucyellensmum Fri 01-Feb-08 20:31:33

Breizhette, you DO have a contact thermometer - use your hand My doctor once said to me that if the child feels hot, it has a temperature. So you could just touch her forehead. But i was just about to ask the same thing re my DD (2.5) should i wake her to medicate if she feels hot??

NAB3wishesfor2008 Sat 02-Feb-08 08:38:49

How is she today? Did you get any sleep?

Breizhette Sat 02-Feb-08 11:54:03

Thanks for asking. We both slept OK until 1am when I woke up and went to touch her forehead which woke her up. As she was awake I took her temperature(39.1, so I gave heranother dose of Calpol (that's all I have in the house). She then would not resettle. She fell asleep on me but each time I put her down she woke and moaned. Basically I didn't get back to sleep until 5.
Anyway, when we both woke at 9, I took her temperature and it was 36.9!! She's completely back to normal if a bit tired.

I think it might have been her teeth. One of her teeth has come through. Yesterday was eventful as I found out the results of my CVS. All fine. Phewww.

lucyellensmum Sat 02-Feb-08 12:37:33

Breiz, im glad she is on the mend and brilliant news about the CVS

Countingthegreyhairs Sat 02-Feb-08 14:55:47

Good to hear all OK Briezhette

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