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Can pollen cause fever in three year old?

Can pollen cause fever in three year old?

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

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more


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Can poison ivy or the like cause a fever in a 3 year old?

Can poison ivy or the like cause a fever in a 3 year old?

Probably Not: Poison ivy is a contact dermatitis that will cause a local rash in the area of contact. Contact derm does not cause fever. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How would you treat typhoid fever in a three year old boy?

How would you treat typhoid fever in a three year old boy?

Typhoid: Some of the antimicrobials used for typhoid are not ideal in childhood. If sensitive, Ampicillin could be used, otherwise ceftriaxone. ...Read more

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How bad a fever before I take my 3 year old to the er?

How bad a fever before I take my 3 year old to the er?

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

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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

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

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What to do when a 3 year old child has a fever of a 106?

What to do when a 3 year old child has a fever of a 106?

To ER now: Go to the emergency room now. Fever of 105f or higher can be a sign of a very serious illness. Best to be seen asap. Good luck! ...Read more

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At what point should a 3 year old child be medicated for a fever?

At what point should a 3 year old child be medicated for a fever?

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

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How many days should a 3 year old child have a fever before you really worry?

How many days should a 3 year old child have a fever before you really worry?

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

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My 3 year old woke up with fever this morning no other symptoms what could it be?

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

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What can I give my 3 year old son who has a fever and it won't go down with medicine?

What can I give my 3 year old son who has a fever and it won't go down with medicine?

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

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When taking a 3 year old child's temperature for a fever, what is the most accurate way?

When taking a 3 year old child's temperature for a fever, what is the most accurate way?

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

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What should I do if my 3 year old has a fever of 103.1?

What should I do if my 3 year old has a fever of 103.1?

Call your doctor: While temps of 103 are usually viral, you should call your pediatrician to discuss the signs and symptoms. It could be an ear infection, pneumonia, lyme disease and many other infections. ...Read more

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My 3 year old boy body feels steamingly hot yet his temp 37.3 no fever?

My 3 year old boy body feels steamingly hot yet his temp 37.3 no fever?

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

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What could cause a fever with no other symptoms in my 9 months old and my 3 year old?

What could cause a fever with no other symptoms in my 9 months old and my 3 year old?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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?

Fever: The answer to travel with fever depends on the cause. If the child has not been evaluated by a doctor for this fever, then there is no way to ensure the safety during a trip. It is important to know the source of the fever. ...Read more

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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

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: 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
-difficulty breathing
-vomiting, diarrhea, refusal to eat/drink, or dehydration
-a purple rash, esp on the legs
-stiff neck
-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

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3 year old crying all night, no fever?

3 year old crying all night, no fever?

Evaluation: He should be evaluated by his pediatrics doctor to find the cause so be treated. ...Read more

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Can I give ice cream to 3 year old when she has fever?

Yes: Cold fluids, popsicles or ice cream are all potentially helpful in a kid with fever.In contrast, cold things placed over the outside of the body may actually push the body to generate more heat. ...Read more

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My 3-year old refuses to take any medication for high fever. What should I do?

Supportive care: Warm bath, push fluids, consider Acetaminophen suppository rectally.
Fever can reduce activity and create more water loss but otherwise is the body's way of engaging in attack.
Supportive care can help to keep your child safer and feeling a little better. ...Read more

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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 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?

Fevers have a cause: My experience with this both as a father and as a doctor is that ear infections are commonly the cause of otherwise unexplainable symptoms and fever. Kids and fevers do not mix well so getting him seen soon would be best. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Headache: The headache is very often associated with fever. Just watch him today. If fever and headache persist you may want to take him in and test for strep throat. ...Read more

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What can you give a 3 year old child for hay fever symptoms?

What can you give a 3 year old child for hay fever symptoms?

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

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My daughter 3 year old. Having high fever, we have given imol @ 10 pm. Again her body heated up. What next?

High fever: Push fluid. Continue imol every 6-8 hours for fever over 101 if temp escalates place child in tub of warm water and have her sit there for a half hour. If no relief consult your doctor. ...Read more

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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 a fever of 100.3, and he is frequently been going to the bathroom with only a little bit of urination each time.?

Possible UTI: Symptoms suspicious for a bladder infection. Encourage fluids and give Tylenol (acetaminophen). Have him checked and his urine examined and if positive be started on an antibiotic. All the best and I hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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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?

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

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3 year old daughter has rectal pain and high fever. What can it be?

3 year old daughter has rectal pain and high fever. What can it be?

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

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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 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?

NEED TO BE CHECKED: 3 years old vomiting and loss of appetite needs to be checked from pediatrician to find the cause. Meanwhile make sure he drinks fluids as he is ot eating to prevent dehydration. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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