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4yo, temp of 38.2, seems OK, wants to go to school?

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ijustwanttoaskaquestion Mon 09-Nov-09 07:56:06

Want a quick response and figure no one much here at this time.

My daughter is 4yo and has a temp of 38.2. No symptoms and has been running around giving the dog a hard time this am. My instinct is to keep her home, my DP says definately keep her home. Thing is, she is kicking off because she wants to go to school.

Ordinarily i think i would probably send her in, im five minutes walk from the school and home all day if they need me to go and fetch her home. But what with swine flu, im not sure i would be happy if someone sent their child to school with a temp of 38. I dont exactly feel i could go up to her teacher and say, watch her shes running a temp.

Just wondered what other mums might do

sparkle09 Mon 09-Nov-09 08:00:16

i would normally take DS if hes not really ill and be prepared to have to pick him up.

but yes with this swine flu panic, i would phone the school first and see what they say, but i think they would say to keep her home. one day wont hurt especially as shes in YR.

hope that helped.

FourArms Mon 09-Nov-09 08:01:08

Give her a dose of Calpol and see if it's come down by school time.

I'd take her in, say to the teacher that she was a bit warm this morning, and if she goes downhill to send her home.

She could have something completely non-contagious, and a temp is just the body's natural way of fighting an infection.

happywomble Mon 09-Nov-09 08:04:38

I would keep her at home.

MmeLindt Mon 09-Nov-09 08:04:49

Temperature is likely to rise during the day, so I would keep her home.

If she has some kind of a bug then it is better that she does not pass it on to anyone else, regardless of the swine flu panic.

ijustwanttoaskaquestion Mon 09-Nov-09 08:07:47

oh, i have deliberately held off on the calpol - dont want to send her in on a false low, as it were. But a sensible suggestion that normally i would follow.

Thing is, DD often throws a temp of up to 39, which will go down as i guess she has fought off whatever it was - she is rarely ill.

I think i will give it a bit and take her temp again, if it goes below 38 i'll send her, if she wants to go.

ijustwanttoaskaquestion Mon 09-Nov-09 08:14:02

ok, decision made - 38.4, calpol and a "lazy day" she's not impressed but its not going down so she has to stay home with boring ol mum. Thanks for the advice ladies

MmeLindt Mon 09-Nov-09 08:23:20

Good decision. Hope she is better soon.

Rollmops Mon 09-Nov-09 09:42:46

This had to be a wind up. No-one, but no-one could ask such stupid question. hmm

colditz Mon 09-Nov-09 09:44:15

Oh rollmops, can it. It's not a stupid question at all.

Sassybeast Mon 09-Nov-09 09:46:39

You don't give her calpol in case it disguises her temperature ? Heard it all now.

FourArms Mon 09-Nov-09 09:47:54

What's stupid about it?

The DD in question frequently has high temps. My two do as well. DS2 won't take Calpol (or any medicine ), so if he wants to go to pre-school, then he goes, temp, or no temp. If he seems ill with said temperature, then of course, I'd keep him off.

FourArms Mon 09-Nov-09 09:49:45

I've seen CMers complaining a few times that they've had a little one come in, seeming a bit ill, and when the calpol wears off a few hours later, they are v.ill and have to be sent home. I think that's what the OP is referring to?

Rollmops Mon 09-Nov-09 09:55:55

If a 4 year old often has a temp 39, I'd be very much inclined to have her properly checked by a paediatric specialist to rule out a chronic viral infection or similar as that could have very dire consequences in the long run.

ijustwanttoaskaquestion Mon 09-Nov-09 09:58:32

Steady on rollmops - no, its not a windup - just wanted a general consensus. I felt bad not sending DD to school when she wanted to go and wondered if i was being a bit of a worry wort. Heavens above.

Sassy, i didn't want to give her calpol because i didnt want to send her to school with her temp back to normal (which it is now) only for it to go back up when the calpol wore off. Not disguising her temp - hmm

Mnet never changes does it grin

Is my child the only child who can have a temperature out of the blue, only for it to be back to normal hours later? Hence my q.

DD is a bit flat so glad i didn't send her - although i suspect if i had she would have been fine, but shes in reception so its no great shakes.

loobylu3 Mon 09-Nov-09 10:00:19

rollmops- I think the OP means that when her DD gets ill (not often), she produces a high temp. I don;t think you have read her posts properly.

ijustwanttoaskaquestion Mon 09-Nov-09 10:01:36

i think i can use my own judgement as to whether my child needs to see a peadiatric specialist hmm By often i mean, once or twice a year, if that.

ijustwanttoaskaquestion Mon 09-Nov-09 10:03:02

right now DD is using a plastic container to "row" across the living room floor grin

ShinyAndNew Mon 09-Nov-09 10:06:20

Rollmops, if dd1 gets the sniffles it is likely her temp will go to about 39. It's been 39.9 before and NHS dircet have just said give calpol/nuerofen every two hours, lots of fluids and monitor her often.

It's always come down for a bit and soared again just before her next dose is due.

Some children get feverish easier/more often than others.

Sassybeast Mon 09-Nov-09 10:07:00

OP - your logic for not using calpol is bizarre. If your child has recurrant temperatures then they need to be investigated. As has already been suggested. And dismissed.

'hides thread'

ijustwanttoaskaquestion Mon 09-Nov-09 10:16:10

oh, this is becoming comical now - my DD does not have reccurEnt temperatures, if she did i would have taken her to the doctors. I can see why people think that, but to clarify, she doesn't.

nothing bizzare in my logic re the calpol, i dont want to medicate every time her temperature goes a bit high - why would i. I certainly wasnt going to give her calpol and send her to school for the day, she has had calpol now and is running around like a mad thing - but that of course might change when it wears off.

Thanks for the genuine advice everyone

Sassybeast Mon 09-Nov-09 10:39:50

OP - 'Thing is DD often throws a temp of 39'

Who said that then ? And yep - it is comical sweetie wink

sparkle09 Mon 09-Nov-09 10:42:56

i dont give calpol to my kids for a temp alone, i feel that a temp is the bodys natural way of healing and calpol prevents that. all kids can have a temp that will only last a few hours and have no other symptoms, and as the OP has said her DD is fine, too many people get a bit hysterical over temps.

i also wont take pills for headaches and other minor ailments, there is no need too, let your body heal itself it is more than capible of doing so.

if my kids are really ill then i will give them something ease their discomfort.

ShinyAndNew Mon 09-Nov-09 10:49:43

I don't give calpol unless the temp is dangeroulsy high i.e. 39 or over. I wouldn't have gave it for 38.2. I would just have monitored her often.

ijustwanttoaskaquestion Mon 09-Nov-09 10:52:01

I said it Sassy, i said often, not reccurent, however i can see how some people might misinterpret it to be a regular occurence.

If DD is poorly she gets calpol - because i head for the parecetemol if i am poorly. Thankfully DD is very rarely ill as i suspect she has quite a heatlhy immune system.

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