Childhood Diseases

Posted by: worriedmommy | 2010/11/09


hallucinations from fever

My 5year old was sick recently and had a high fever. Struggled to break the fever the entire day. He had 2 episodes of " hallucinations"  when he woke up (2 consecutive days). It was so scary and he shouted and screamed and was clearly afraid. He looked right through me but kept on calling me and begging me to hold him (while I was holding him). The second episode he told me we can''t speak and kept his hand in front of his mouth while crying in silence. He was so scared - I''ve never seen my little one so afraid.

Is it normal for kids to get hallucinations with a fever? Is it dangerous? How do you stop it? The second episode, his fever wasn''t even that high.....

Expert's Reply



Hallucinations usually occcur in children only when they have an exceptionally high fever of 39 or 40 degrees. Sometimes the hallucinations can be aggravated or even started by certain medicines especially those containing pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is found in many cold medicines which are given to children.These hallucinations are unlikely to recur especially if only safe medicines are used to treat a fever such as Panado or Calpol and care is taken to avoid all cold medicines which may contain pseudoephedrine.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/11/11

for a temperature, keep your child cool, so no wrapping up in blankets etc and preferably just keep them in nappy or if it is winter, nappy and vest.

You can also blow a fan on them.

If you have used both calpol and ponstan (I used to give a ponstan suppository and then a dose of calpol - they can be given together) and this hasn''t reduced the temperature within half an hour, then run a luke warm (not cold as this will worsen the temperature) bath and either sit your child in it or if they are unwilling then sponge them down with the lukewarm water.

Take their temperature with an ear thermometer about every 30 mins.
If it reaches 40 degrees, go to the doctor or hospital emergency room, but do tell them what medicine you gave your child and at what time as it will affect what they can give your child.

I''ve never heard of a child having hallucinations from temperature so the temp must have been extremely high.

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Posted by: HK | 2010/11/09

As a mum of 2 young toddlers i can clearly state that this is quote normal when their fever is quite high or if they have constant fever throughout a day or 2. I''ve noticed this with my 2 as well as nieces &  nephews &  I saw my sister go through this when she was younger.

The best thing to do is ''play'' along and not try to ''get them out of it''.

I found the following also helps when trying to break a high fever and Panado / Stopyne alone don''t seem to work:

1. Cold compress - wet a face cloth in COLD water - wring out the excess water &  ''wrap'' the cloth around the back of the neck.

2. Black vinegar - wet a face cloth with black vinegar, squeeze out excess &  place on head,

3. Eau de Cologne - might be difficult to get your hands on (just ask your pharmacist) - when rubbed on head / fore head, back of neck, elbow joints and under the feet it somehow helps to break / control fever.

I know 2 &  3 sound a bit wierd but i''ve used all 3 time and time again and they work perfectly.

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