Doctor insights on:
Fevers In 3 Year Olds
No: Allergy never causes fever. I get this question a lot. However, when somebody has environmental allergies, their immune system shuts down a bit towards viral illnesses, and they are more susceptible to infection. So if he's catching more illnesses, allergy may be underlying, but is not the primary cause of the fever. ...Read more
What is the best way to break fever for my 3 year old? Also will tylenol (acetaminophen) weakening his immune system in the long run?
It is fever!: Anything over 100.5 is fever. If the child is acting normal you can watch and re check the temp. If no other symptoms and fever lasts for more than 3 days see the doctor. Tylenol (acetaminophen) helps to relieve the symptom but does not do anything to the underlying problem. Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not affect the immune system but I would give the correct dose occasionally for short term fever or pain relief. ...Read more
And what else???: A 3yo is likely to have many illnesses /yr due to simple viruses & most will be associated with mild to moderate fever. If the kid is playful most of the time & taking fluids well enough to pee every 6 hours you may be able to handle it at home. If the kid acts tired & whiny most of the time or begins to refuse fluids, the kid should be examined. ...Read more
My 3 year old daughter has had a cough for three days that gets worse at night and seems to get a fever only at night. When should she see a doc?
My 3 year old son have a high fever for three days and just started vomiting today. His sister has a fever also. What could this be? What should I do
Probably viral but..: It is impossible to know for certain from these symptoms, but the most likely cause is a viral infection, possibly roseola, which is common in 3 yo's & has high fever with few other symptoms (though vomiting can be one of them). Classically the fever goes away after 3-5 days & then a rash appears, so it may be hard to know if he has this for a couple more days. Please see "comment" below for more. ...Read more
Why?: Generally it is unnecessary to medicate to suppress fever, since fever probably has beneficial effects in fighting the cause. You try to reduce body temperatures only when they are making the person or child patently uncomfortable or it is creating stresses on an already compromised system (not likely in a child), or it reaches levels which are injurious to the central nervous system. ...Read more
What else?: If a 3 yr old has fever it is generally a viral illness, but in order to be certain it would be necessary to know what other symptoms are present. If the baby has localized complaints these are best handled by a family doctor or pediatrician. If not, if fever is around more than 5-7 days, a similar visit would also be appropriate, if only to calm parents concerns. ...Read more
Fever without signs: Moe than likely a viral illness. At this time of year viral illnesses are rampant. If after 24-36 hours he is still febrile, see your pediatrician. ...Read more
Treat for comfort...: Fever is the body's response 2 infection or inflammation. It is unnecessary to bring your child's temperature down. Lukewarm water baths may helpful. Use acetominophen or Ibuprofen 2 help relieve aches + pains connected w illness. Call your doctor right away if your child has fever w severe headache, is irritable, has a rash, has burning when urinating, blood in stool, or vomiting, is dehydrated. ...Read more
Rectal: The rectal method gives the most reliable, accurate reading — which is why doctors often recommend it for babies under 3 months of age, when a correct reading is crucial. However at age 3 a good quality digital thermometer, thermoscan (forehead), or ear thermometer would provide a very good evaluation of body temp and since the precise temp is not critical at this age, I would not recommend rectal. ...Read more
My 3 year old boy has been having fever that comes and goes. It normally lasts about a week and happens once in a month. He has no other symptoms.
Warm, but no fever: Its common for a child to feel warm but when you take their temperature, they don't have a fever. Certain areas of the body have increased blood flow which can make them feel warmer. Also, if the ambient temperature is cool or your hands are cold, the child's skin will subjectively feel warmer. There's always a chance the thermometer is faulty, so you can try taking the temp with another one! ...Read more
Depends...: Despite understanding your concern of unexplained fever in your children, this actually is all but impossible to answer without a physical examination and perhaps even labwork. This a medical quandary that most pediatricians face daily, hence your pediatrician would be the best resource to reckon with this dilemma. There is an explanation for the fever--but w/o further input, it is but a guess. ...Read more
My 3 year old has a fever of 101.2 after being outside all day. Should I worry? What can I do to help her.
Fever: If it is summer in your locality, make sure that the fever is not from dehydration. If she is not uncomfortable/restless, try not to give a fever reducer unless her temperature continues to rise but instead urge her to drink lots of fluids. Recheck her temperature every 4 hrs. In colder climates, fever is caused by infection ; if persistent after 24 hrs with added symptoms, bring her to thedoctor. ...Read more
3 year old has a fever and very hyper and talkative. Saying odd things as well. Nothing crazy but just odd. What could this be? No other symptoms.
Hallucinations: Likely from high fever but needs an assessment. All the best. ...Read more
My 3 year old son has 101.7 fever since tonight. Would it be safe for him to travel by plane (3h) and train (3h) tomorrow morning, to go on holiday?
Why does my 3 year old get fevers so frequently? I have a 3 year old daughter. She frequently has a fever ever once a month, for 3days or so. I took her plenty of times to the dr. And all he tells me is to give her fever medicine. He cheacks her for an ea
Fevers for the most part aren't dangerous and are just the body's natural reaction to fighting off an infection. Most of these infections are viral and may be accompanied by runny nose, sore throat, congestion, mild rash, or nothing at all. A perfectly healthy child can have up to 10 colds/viral infections a winter - that's more than once a month! Since fevers aren't dangerous, we usually treat the fever with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen just to make the child more comfortable as their body fights the illness.
"red flags" that we look for with fever to indicate something more serious is going on are:
-fevers that last 5 days or more
-fevers persistently above 104f orally
-a child that acts very sick - very irritable or difficult to wake
-vomiting, diarrhea, refusal to eat/drink, or dehydration
-a purple rash, esp on the legs
-any complaints of pain such as the ear, throat, stomach or a joint
as always, use your judgement. If you think that your child is ill, err on the side of caution and call your child's doctor.
Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more
My 3 year old girl is having 100.5 fever only is it normal to have only fever and not any other symptom and what should I give her?
My 3 year old was up for 3 hrs in the night with a101.3 fever, complaining that his head hurt, but seems normal throughout the morning.
nasalcrom, benadryl (diphenhydramine): Nasalcrom spray and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are also acceptable otc meds for this age. Children are much less often sedated by Benadryl (diphenhydramine) than adults, and sometimes it is more effective than claritin, zyrtec or allegra. Nasalcrom works best if given before a known exposure, like visiting grandma's cat. It also works if used regularly over time, but most little ones balk when you spray their noses. ...Read more
My 3 year old as diarrhoea (very green) think they may be a little blood, fever, and a cough any thoughts in worried?
My 3 year old son has a fever of 100.3, and he is frequently been going to the bathroom with only a little bit of urination each time.?
My 3 year old son has been battling with a fever that comes and goes and then last night got a rash, gone by morning now back again. Its not raised.
Does fever in children stay the same during the cold virus. My 3 year olds fever was 100.5 first 3 days and 102.5 the last 2. His congestion is better?
It cycles: Viruses are actually famous for having cyclic fevers, up one minute and gone the next. That's why schools have a 24 hour no-fever policy, since it can be difficult to tell if the illness is truly gone or if it's just in a "down cycle". As long as the fever responds 2-3 degrees to tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin and other symptoms are improving, he should be fine. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Speculation is of little value here. Your daughter should be seen asap by her pediatrician, examined, diagnosed and treated. Do not waste efforts to diagnose on internet. Have her seen. Hope she is better soon. ...Read more
My 3 year old got hurt against a wall & got a bruise on the head. She got 38 degree fever. Is that cause of the hit /shock?
My 3 year old has thrown up a lot of pink vomit 2 nights in a row. Hasn't eaten much but no fever or other symptoms. Should I be concerned?
My 3 year old daughter started having really bad chills without running a fever. It woke her up, but it is warm in her room. What could this be?
Several things: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
My 3 year old son has had the flu (tested & confirmed)9 days. He still has high fevers daily. Some as high as 103.7 doc says all ok. What can I do?
It sounds: As though his thermostat is compromised. This is a center in the brain and the easiest way to make that part of the brain sick is by consuming sugary "jujnk". If that applies the stop it. ...Read more
My 3 year old and I both have viral flu symptoms with high fevers. Worried cause lots of people are dying from flu should we get tested at hospital?
Flu: If your symptoms have started within less than 72 hours, then it's definitely recommended that you get evaluated as you may both benefit from Rx. You may be able to skip the ED if your doc's office can do the rapid test for you. In the meantime, make sure you are both staying hydrated. Hope you feel better! ...Read more
My 3 year old has had a fever for 9 days low grade to 103. Her blood work was ok with elevated monocytes. .. ne for flu. No meds. What could it b?
Fever +?? symptoms: Normal blood work except elevated monos suggests a viral infection, and there are other viruses in additon to influenza that can cause fevers, but usually there are other symptoms and findings on exam to support dx, ie, cough, congestion, diarrhea. Children this age do get infectious mono, but usually with sore throat and nodes. Has urine been checked for UTI? Repeat exam in 5 days if still T ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor online
- 3 year old with fever and rash
- 102 fever in 3 year old
- 3 year old headache and fever
- 4 year old fever for 3 days
- 3 year old with strep on antibiotics 6 days but still has fever
- Zyrtec for 3 year old
- 3 year old not urinating
- Decongestant for 3 year old
- 3 year old fever 102