I have an 8 year old with a fever at night for the last two nights. Advil brings it down but back up by morning. More Advil which gave her relief all day. After dinner, fever up to 103.5. Only other symptoms are stuffy nose, blood shot eyes, tireless. Her throat is fine. Could this just be a flu?
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 8
Advil with fever, tried Advil flu and multi symptom medication tonight
I'm happy that you have asked me to assist you with your child and hope that you can benefit from my many years of helping parents like you.
With fever to 103.5 for nearly 48 hours now I suggest you take him in to be examined as he should be tested for the flu and waiting will make treatment with Tamiflu ineffective as it must be started within 48 hours. Without Tamiflu he will still get over it but it will take longer if he does have the flu.
Also, kids his age rarely complain of sore throat so it could be strep as it is a lot more prevalent right now than the flu.
The fever was 102 last night a day this morning... Was normal all day to, 7pm. I'm concerned the fever is just at night.
That is common since our body temperature is always higher around 7 pm and lowest around 7 am every day. Thus his fever will always pop up at this hour.
Waiting a couple of days is fine for a child his age with fever and no specific symptoms but he is now at the point where it would be good to know if he has an infection that needs treatment or just a virus.
It's my daughter. Is that medication avail in Canada? Never heard of it.
Tamiflu is available everywhere as it is the most commonly used treatment for the flu.
So what should I watch for tonight? What's considered too high of a fever? She had 2 febrile seizures when she was in 5.
There is no fever that is really dangerous and kids commonly have temps up to 104-105 or higher with some viruses. Febrile seizures do not occur in children his age so that is not a concern.
Just make sure he is taking plenty of fluids and ibuprofen, though not to get his temp down to some number but just to make him comfortable.
Ok. Thank you Dr Clark. I feel better. I am a single mom And worry too much.
It's not a he...my child is a girl. Thanks.
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