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my 4 year old has a 104.3 temperature. How high should it ...

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my 4 year old has a 104.3 temperature. How high should it be to worried. He has no symptoms of anything other than a slight head ache that doesn''t seam to bother him. He has had many other fevers over the years and we usually just let the fever burn off whatever its fighting, is that still safe or should we use childrens tylenol?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 8 years ago.
Hello,

Greetings,

High fever in children below 5 years may lead to convulsions or seizures. So you should take measures to bring it down.You should give him tylenol & do tepid sponging. Any fever more than 103 or above calls for a doctor visit.
This webpage will give you a guideline on this .

http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/children/parents/common/common/069.html

Hope his early recovery.

Any query , please ask.

Regards.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Dr. SS's Post: Hi, If it happens to keep going up and the tylenol doesn't bring it down, what temperature is critically dangerous to where he should go to the hospital? He has had many fevers over the years and we have always let the fever burn off whatever is going on and it always seams to work in less than a day. This temperature is a little higher than the passed and just wanted a little advice. Thanks
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 8 years ago.
If the temperature doesnot come down below 103 even after giving tylenol & sponging , you should take him to hospital.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Dr. SS's Post: One last thing. We just gave him tylenol so Im sure that should bring it down. How long does it usually take to work and would it usually work to bring it down under 103 from 104.6? The fact that it is 104.6, should we go to the hospital now? It should be fine to wait and see if the tylenol works right?
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 8 years ago.
It should start to work within half an hour, Tylenol may not always bring the temperature down , other drugs may also be needed . But it is considered more safe than other medicines. As a general rule temperature over 103 should be checked by a doctor.
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