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Temperature in 2 yr old - when to worry?

(16 Posts)
YuleBeLucky Tue 30-Nov-10 21:17:37

2 yr old DD has had a temp of 37.3 since this morning. Hasn't responded to calpol, although hasn't gone up either.

She is sleeping now, but looks pale and unwell.

When to call the doc?

TheUnmentioned Tue 30-Nov-10 21:18:51

Temperature of 37.3 isnt really raised unless their natural base temp is much much lower? What is their temp when well?

Go more by how they are than the temp imo.

MeowyChristmasEveryone Tue 30-Nov-10 21:19:24

But what is her ACTUAL norm. For some kids that is normal.

Call NHS Direct, 0845 46 47, they are professionals after all

TheUnmentioned Tue 30-Nov-10 21:19:52

eg: ds has a natural base temp of 37.2-37.5 and when he is ill it generally goes up to between 38 and 39.?

YuleBeLucky Tue 30-Nov-10 21:21:05

Temp when normal is 36-ish. I know it's only slightly raised, but the fact Calpol hasn't changed it makes me worry. I know I'm being a bit OTT, but she was v hospitalised in Feb for swine flu and a very high fever (40+) so I do worry.

YuleBeLucky Tue 30-Nov-10 21:21:16

I am ringing NHS Direct as we speak grin

YuleBeLucky Tue 30-Nov-10 21:21:41

ignore random 'v'

whomovedmychocolate Tue 30-Nov-10 21:23:47

If she gets a high fever (that is a temperature of 38.5) you should give Calpol or ibuprofen but otherwise the pale, unwell thing is just a reaction to the bugs running round her body. Don't worry it won't last long.

You should seek help if she is unresponsive, does not urinate or has a fit. Other than that, quiet and rest will do the rest.

TheUnmentioned Tue 30-Nov-10 21:24:11

I can understand your worry but I really dont think you need to. I really dont and I am a worrier myself! Remember her temp isnt going UP either, thats good.

dd is only 9 weeks and her usual temp is 36 or something ( was checking as she was very hot one day but no fever) but when she had a virus last week it went up to 37.3 and I was told not to worry and that was with her, a tiny baby.

ohforfoxsake Tue 30-Nov-10 21:24:52

Give it 24 hours, if she doesn't respond to alternate doses of nurofen and calpol, go to the GP. Might be worth taking a urine sample if you can to rule out urine infection. Doesn't sound too bad at the mo though.

Tingry Tue 30-Nov-10 21:25:39

Yule, personally I wouldn't be overly concerned by temp of 37.3 with any of my DCs. They wouldn't even get Calpol for that from me.

However it's not just the temp but the overall "condition" of the child.

Trust your instinct, if you are not happy with her, call your out of hours GP service. Even if it's just for some advice over the phone. Here I can call our regular GP and if the surgery is shut it automatically diverts to the out of hours service. Good Luck.

TheUnmentioned Tue 30-Nov-10 21:26:49

I wouldnt give calpol for a temp below 38 tbh unless it was bedtime then I might. Also, by not giving calpol it gives you a chance to see if the temp rises or not.

YuleBeLucky Tue 30-Nov-10 21:32:57

Thanks all. Going to keep an eye on her overnight and take her to the docs in the morning if necessary. Sorry to be one of those inane people that posts asking for help that i could probably google and find - just like the wisdom of other mums!

TheUnmentioned Tue 30-Nov-10 21:35:46

No dont be daft sometimes its just reassuring ot feel you arent the only one ever to have sat worrying about your child in the dark!!

Fwiw I am worrying because dd has been asleep since 7 and Ive had time to watch tv, wrap pressies, mn, drink hot tea, eat hot dinner etc - that cant be right can it? She is 9 weeks?!

YuleBeLucky Tue 30-Nov-10 21:41:49

Ooh you've got one of those. DD was like that. Enjoy! (DS was more the 'up for a feed/poo/cry/to generally demand from my mum' until he was about 3 grin)

TheUnmentioned Tue 30-Nov-10 21:45:30

yes, yes, ds is still very demanding at almost 4 and didnt sleep through until 2.5 - weird!

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