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Mystery Fever!!

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Mystery Fever!!
By Angellew on Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 06:29 pm:

If it wasn't for bad luck... My DD has been out of school for Christmas vacation PLUS three days prior to the actual vacation because of huge snow storms!!! So, she's so excited about going back tomorrow, she can hardly contain herself!

Last night, we're lying in bed, watching a movie. At 9, I get up to tell her it's bedtime, I look at her and she's totally flushed! I feel her and she's burning up!! Take her temp... 103!!! Give her water, Tylenol! Keep her with me! Check her at midnight and she's very cool but damp... like she was sweating before the temp broke! I check again at 3:30 and she's still cool! She woke up awt 8am... had juice, asked for pancakes, ate, washed and asked to watch a movie... usual for her! I check her temp again... 102!!! She's been up and down all day today, with no other symptoms!!!! She's eating, drinking. She's not coughing, sneezing... nothing! She's just not energetic and very flushed!

I'm so confused!

By Cat on Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 07:17 pm:

Could be any number of things. When my kids had mystery fevers though it was almost always an ear infection. Most of the time when they were under 5yo a fever was the only symptom they had. I'd make her an appointment tomorrow, even if the fever is gone. Good luck.

By Kateg on Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 07:28 pm:

I agree with Cat, it could be any number of things, but when my dd had mystery fevers - it was always ear infections, too. It was the only symptom we would ever have.

Take care.

By ~harlena on Monday, January 5, 2009 - 01:45 am:

fevers .... they can be so tricky, my best friend's son can be running a fever of 103+, running around in great spirits, never know anything is wrong.

Then there's my kids, who get sick, usually don't run a fever, but the Doctor doesn't take anything seriously unless they ARE running a fever (hubby doesn't run fevers either.)

You'll probably want to take her in to the doc tomorrow, or at least call (if she's back to 100%), otherwise even if she IS perfectly fine you'll probably continue to worry yourself !

By Angellew on Monday, January 5, 2009 - 09:34 am:

Thanks! I put in a call to the Dr. this morning and I'm waiting to hear back from the Triage nurse.

The confusing thing is she has NO other symptoms! Seriously.... no coughing, sneezing, runny nose... she's eating, drinking... she's never had an ear infection in her life, so I'd like to think if her ear was hurting, she'd say something!

I don't know! Kids... they really make ya crazy!

By Tayjar on Monday, January 5, 2009 - 10:14 am:

Believe it or not, she can have an ear infection and it not hurt. My son had over 100 ear infections in 5 years and he often didn't have pain, just a fever.

By Kateg on Monday, January 5, 2009 - 04:40 pm:

Same with my dd, only one ear infection out of several, several, several ear infections did she actually have any pain. We knew it was bad then. Good luck!

By ~harlena on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 07:17 am:

SO- Angellew .... how is your daughter doing now ?

What did the doctor say ?

Hopefully today she's a lot better, let us know, okey-dokey ?

By Angellew on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 12:16 pm:

She just came back from the doctor and they found.... NOTHING!!! No ear infection, throat culture was fine, urine test fine... listened to her lungs, fine!! She must have some little virus that her body is fighting, so, they said just keep on doing what you're doing... tylenol, lots of liquids, rest~!

I should be ecstatic that there's nothing "wrong" with her, but it would have nice to slap a diagnosis on it and go from there, but, that's the way it is!!! We'll keep her home again tomorrow and see where she is come Thursday!

By ~harlena on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 12:30 pm:

been there, done that ..... fevers can be scary, but they're an important part of our immune defense system ....

You're doing the right thing, just keep a close eye on her, treat the symptoms, and do your best to keep her comfortable. The important thing (it sounds like you know this already) is to not let her get dehydrated, sometimes a fever causes you not to want to eat or drink, drinking is the most important, icepops, jello, water, gator-ade, etc ...

You're being a GOOD MOMMY .... it's tough not knowing, but knowing that you're doing everything you can is all you can get out of the situation right now ....


By Angellew on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 04:38 pm:

WOW... you're good!!! I needed that! I just talked to her on the phone and she said "Mommy, please tell me, what's wrong with me!" OK... tears~!!! I can't wait to get home to her!

By Angellew on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 01:06 pm:

OK... Someone just said something to me that has completely thrown me for a loop... What's the deal with 6 year molars????? Could this be why she's been running the fever since Saturday night?????

By Tayjar on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 03:18 pm:

My kids always ran a fever when they were cutting teeth. And, DS always got ear infections with them. You might have found your reason.

By Vicki on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 04:00 pm:

Honestly, you will likely never know what caused/is causing the fever. It could be any number of things at all! Don't beat yourself up over it or try to figure it out or you will drive yourself insane. Unless she starts developing new symptoms, just keep an eye on it and medicate when needed!!

By Angellew on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 04:39 pm:

I know... I really am driving myself insane!

I'll try to control myself! :)

By ~harlena on Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 04:50 am:

Is she feeling better yet ?

My munchkins DID run fevers when they were smaller and cutting teeth, but like Vicki said, you may NEVER know what the cause is .... just do the best you can, and start PATTING yourself on the back instead of BEATING YOURSELF UP girlie !


By Colette on Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 06:53 am:

Angela, I think it's going around. My dd was out of school for a whole week with it. I hope she is feeling better soon.

By Dana on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 12:08 am:

My sisters son was sick for 5 days with a high fever. After day 5 they went to the dr, he said "it's a virus, it will pass" and but day 7 it was over. No clues as to what it was.

How is she now?

By Angellew on Friday, January 9, 2009 - 08:41 pm:

Exactly!!!! She woke up on Thurs and it was 102.5... gave her the tylenol, and she was fine until 3:30 when it went back up to 102.9! My mother gave her more tylenol and it hasn't come back since!!!! I kept her home from school yesterday and my mother took her out for a couple of quick errands, and she was fine all day. So, I sent her to school today! They had been holding the Christmas party they missed before the holiday because of storms, until she came back! So, she got to go today, have her party, exchange all her gifts and she's fine!

As quickly as it came, it went!

By ~harlena on Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 02:29 am:

thankfully it's over .... AND she didn't miss the "fun" part of school. That was incredibly considerate of her teacher to wait for her to get all better and be back in school to have the Christmas party !

You can relax now .... whew !!!!!

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