Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nini | 2010-11-15



Hi doc, please forgive me if this is a stupid question, but I''m a first time mommy, and I have a paranoid husband: My daughter has been extremely aggitated over the last few days, moans more than usual, and refuses to be touched by anyone else, including her father (she is going through separation anxiety, but more extreme over these last few days). she is 9 months old. A week ago she had a bad stomach bug (vommitting, diarreah etc), but it has cleared now and it seems as though she is almost constipated, her stool is regular but very hard and pebble like. Seems like she hurts when passing a stool. Anyway, yesterday afternoon she felt very warm and was lathargic, and crying. took her temp and she was 38.93... gave her a bath, bottle, Ponstan and then bed. She drank her milk, slept the whole night, was just very restless. She has been very warm the entire night, this morning she seems fine, laughing, playing, drinking her bottle, but still has a temp above 38degrees... should I worry? Not sure if it could be her top teeth coming through as it seems her gums have dropped a little. Her temp has fluctuated between 38 and 39 the whole night. Could it be teething, or something I should worry about - at what stage should I take her to the doctor? Can i continue giving her Ponstan, and for how long? She absolutely refuses Panado, and stops eating for 2 days every single time we give her panado, so that''s no longer an option. I am not too worried, but my husband seems to think it''s serious, as he thinks we cannot break her fever? Does she even have a high fever based on the readings I''ve stated?

Expert's Reply



This is a very good question.Your bay daughter should not have a fever. The normal temperature for your baby is 37 degrees so she definitely has a fever and 39 degrees is a very high fever. The Ponstan is just masking the fever by bringing it down each time, but you do not know what is actually causing your baby to have such a high fever. She may have an ear or bladder infection or she may be getting a viral infection such as baby measles. She must be seen by a doctor.

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Posted by: Nini | 2010-11-15

Thanks for the advice, her school just phoned me now to say her temp is above 38 right now. I just dont know what to do right now!!!!!!!! Cannot get to her school to pick her up, my medical aid is exhausted, my poor little girl is ill... I just dont know!!!!!!!!

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Posted by: Also a mommy | 2010-11-15

I would be worried.. Fever normally indicates an infection. Normal temp readings is between 36.5 and 37.4 according to my knowledge anything above that is a Fever. Teething also leads to a high temp but should be much easier to break.

hope this helps utill doc can advise.

Good Luck!

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