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Is it ok for des to be shaking / shivering with a fever?

(10 Posts)
Whitegrenache Fri 05-Oct-12 21:46:05

Ds is a but under the weather with cold snotty nose etc. today he has started shaking and looking very pale. Calpol relieves this for a couple of hours but it comes back.

Do I need to be concerned or is he just fighting the fever?

Dd never did this!

cheekyginger Fri 05-Oct-12 21:49:06

whats his temp?

Whitegrenache Fri 05-Oct-12 21:51:55

I knew someone would ask that!! I am ashamed to admit I don't have a thermometer blush

He is warm to the touch and has hot back and forehead

cheekyginger Fri 05-Oct-12 21:57:17

You can give calpol and neurofen alternative doses so he is only going 2hours without IYSWIM.....that may help control his temp.

But if he still feels really hot to touch by tomoro morning i would get him checked at the GP. Might have an infection that the painkillers will just be masking....

changeforthebetter Fri 05-Oct-12 21:59:18

Try lollies of fruit juice or mini milk. Last time I rang NHS Direct (a while back) they were advising cooling from the inside i.e. cold drinks, lollies etc. Worth checking with the GP tomorrow anyway. Un MN (()) to you and your DS.

nipitinthebud Fri 05-Oct-12 21:59:29

My DS had this once when he had flu. He complained of feeling cold but was roastingly hot. I guess its that the flu upsets their thermo-regulation and so shivering and temperature are a feature of it. My DS was very pale with the flu too - and super sleepy. I think they say that as long as the temperature is coming down somewhat with Calpol or Neurofen then its just a question of treating the symptoms, keeping them hydrated and riding it out. I'd probably do the Calpol for 3h and then Neuro for 3h - that's always the big guns for us if they're really feeling cruddy. But...if you're worried then NHS Direct might be worth a ring?

runnervt Fri 05-Oct-12 22:01:22

I think the shivering can be how the body increases its temperature to fight the bugs. My ds2 gets this sometimes when he's starting to get ill. His usually stopped once he was hot so I'm afraid I can't offer advice if it keeps coming back.

nipitinthebud Fri 05-Oct-12 22:04:14

Hmmm...only thing I just wondered. You said he was under the weather and then came home with temp and pale. So has he been under the weather with a common or garden cold for a while that has then developed into a fever and paleness? If its been something fairly innocuous and then has developed into a fever etc, then I'd be thinking of some sort of secondary bacterial infection (ears, chest?) and taking him to the Dr tomorrow morning to get it checked out and see if antibiotics are the order of the day.

Whitegrenache Fri 05-Oct-12 22:09:21

Ah thanks everyone. He had been a bit snotty this morning and seemed to get worse as the day went on. Calpol at 4 perked him up and was playing outside at 6 but then gone downhill again. Will see how he is tomorrow . It's the shaking that concerns as I have never experienced this before with either ds or dd x

changeforthebetter Fri 05-Oct-12 22:09:51

Whitegrenache I broke the digital thermomenter two years ago blush. DD2 has had several high fevers since, all of which have been treated/abated without a readout <big admission from control freak>

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