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I know a temp of 40 is bad for a baby, but how serious for a 2 year old?
Temp of 40 I think is quite high even for an adult!
Sponge down with luke warm water and dress in just briefs. This will bring temp down quicker.
How long has he been like this?
You know your child better than anybody if in doubt go back to your doctor ASAP!
Okay so how cool does he have to be? We are in NZ and it's 14 degrees in his bedroom. He's in a thin cotton pyjama suit - no feet, but he is in a winter gro bag. He was shivery in his summer one, and couldn't get to sleep.
It's hard to tell. It's so damn cold tonight that if you took all my clothes off I would be shivery. In fact we initially missed the massive temp because he had just had a bath in a cold bathroom and we thought that was why he was shivering and rugged him up.
Shivering will make him warmer so try to keep him cool, but not shivering. Perhaps just a cotton sheet over him will help. Sponging with tepid water is quite a good and fast way to bring it down. I'd say anything around 37.9 to 38.5 would be more comfortable for him. Poor wee soul. Calpol and Neurofen given at the same time should bring his temp down by more than half a degree.
a paediatric nurse friend of mine said that high temps in kids are best treated by alternating calpol & nurofen every 2 hrs, ie 8am calpol, 10am nurofen, 12 noon calpol, 2pm nurofen etc. nurofen packs a bigger punch than capol ime and should help reduce the temp.
depends on your child. over 40 is a normal temp for my eldest - whenever he's ill, and my middle child also runs temps of 40 fairly frequently. neither have ever had a seizue so I don't worry too much about the actual temp and go more on their behaviour to judge how ill they are. other children I know tend to run lower temps so 40 would be very high for them.
depends a bit how you're taking the temp as well- an ear thermometer will measure higher than a mouth one (in my experience anyway).
Children can actually tolerate high temps far better than adults- so whilst 40 may be high for an adult it is not necessarily too high for a child.
A temperature in itself is not an illness - it is merely a sign that the body is fighting off an illness.
It does sound like he has just got a nasty bug (easy for me to say just though when it's not my child). When dd was v. ill with a chest infection and all floppy the doctor told me to carry on dosing with calpol/nurofen and only worry if she showed no signs of being better ie, less floppy 30 minutes after having medicine.