Childhood Diseases

Posted by: HMom | 2011-02-23



hello Prof,
My daughter, 26 months all of a sudden after being fine the whole evening started getting a fever. She came to sit on my lap after playing with her tea set (not physical playing to make her hot) and she felt hot. I took her temp and it was 37.2 - which isnt high for most children but my daughters body temp is usually very low (35.6 or so) so for me it is unusual to see 37.2. She then made a bed fo r herself on the floor and lied down. Her eyes were rolling like when she is very tired. When i called her to come sit at the table for supper which was her favourite, she came but hardly ate anything. Afterwards she said she wants to go to bed to sleep. I took her temp again and it was 37.6 - she had become a bit lethargic. I gave her Ponstel (5ml) and wiped her down a bit when putting her pj''s on. About 45 mins later i could feel she was cool. At 1:30 she woke up and her temp was 37.4 - I gave her Ponstel again and she drank a whole bottle of milk and then another bottle of rooibos tea about half hour later. Then went to sleep till this morning and when she woke up she was cool and in a fabulous mood. I phoned her creche and her teacher said she has been watching her closely and she is playing and quite happy? What could cause that? She has only had a fever three times in her life so i am not used to this and it makes me nervous? Her nose is nice and open and clean, her tummy isnt running, her chest is a little bit phlemmy with a slight cough now and then but nothing major. Should i take her to her paed or would this be too early?

Expert's Reply



You mention here that your little girl hardly ever has a fever of any kind. She now has a low grade fever which is probably significant for her.She does not appear to be ill but was quite keen to lie down so she is probably not feeling all that well. As there is no sign of any infection it is difficult to be sure at this stage what exactly is causing this but in a little girl a urinary infection is always something that needs to be considered.So if she is still feverish tomorrow it would be best to ask her doctor to see her.

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