DS (aged 3) had temperature of 38.6 and felt generally rubbish before bed this eve. Gave max dose of Calpol at 7pm and put him to bed. Now 9.20pm, just taken temp again and now 39.8. This seems very high to me especially with Calpol. Should I do anything now or leave until morning?
I was once told by a dr that what the temperature was didn't really matter it was the things showaddywaddy says and whether you can bring it down with medicines. I agree backing up the calpol with kids Ibuprofen as well the 2 together are usually pretty effective.
DS had a temp of 40.6 last week, was only going down to 39 with calpol, ibuprofen got temp down much quicker. Depends on other symptoms whether you need to panic. You can give ibuprofen now, can alternate with the paracetamol.
Thanks. I unfortunately don't have any ibuprofen, though I could probably go out and get some somewhere. TBH he is a bit snuggled up in bed , so I'll try stripping him down a bit. WRT how he feels, he's been suffering from a cold for a couple of weeks, but seemed to be pretty much over it. He was fine all day until about 4pm when he started to get a bit crotchety.
yes 39.8 is very high - is it a spike or is it a constant temp? I always find temps that spike in the morning and evening are viral whereas a constant high temp like that is bacterial infection and needs AB.
Keep him cool but away from draughts, lots of fluid and I find tepid sponging is comforting.
Oh, and didn't really want any tea this evening, though did drink a fair bit of water. Responding normally but grumpily. Now a bit fitful in bed, but don't really know - didn't wake up properly when I took his temp.
If he's all wrapped up in bed, that will make his temp higher. I always look at the child not the temp (and with things like febrile convulsions it's not the temp but the speed of spike that is the problem). If he's responding, albeit grumpily and reacting to being prodded and poked then that's counted as responsive.
You need to strip him down a bit, cool him down and reassess.
Don't sponge him. Try and bring his temp down gently and consistently.
Thanks for all the advice. In the end, I went to buy ibuprofen, but by the time I got back his temp had gone down to 39 and he was finally fast asleep, so I decided to leave him. Temp has been hovering between 37.5 and 38.5 today, so no longer scary. Though when I tried to get the ibuprofen down him tonight, he flatly refused to take it (he's extremely fussy with new anything).
Incidentally, does anyone know if the Calprofen looks/tastes like normal Calpol? I bought the Nurofen Kids, because it was all that my late night Tesco had, but if the Calpol stuff is pink and tastes like normal Calpol, then I'll buy some of that too, because then he'll take it.