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I agree that she has a very low grade fever. The normal range for body temp is actually 97 to 100.4. Some references will count 100.0 and above a fever. I agree with treating with the motrin as you have done. It is reassuring that her behavior is normal so far. I would continue to monitor her for symptoms and for fever tomorrow. If she develops a high fever, acts lethargic or irritable or develops concerning symptoms then I would recommend that you take her to the doctor tomorrow but otherwise just keep an eye on her as you have been doing. It may be a viral illness and hopefully have a short course. If her symtoms should be limited to a runny nose or mild diarrhea then she doesn't have to see the doctor for just that. I hope this info helps some. Follow up questions are welcome if you have any.
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I would recommend that you wait until tomorrow evening before you do anything. (You don't want to be overly aggressive with this issue) If she hasn't had a BM on her own by tomorrow evening then you may give her 1/2 teaspoon of mineral oil once a day for a few days if needed. This is a stool softener and is not absorbed into her system. If she should have trouble passing a stool or pain with this then you could have glycerin suppositories on hand in case. I hope this helps.
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Thank you and you as well.
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