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Why would my daughter need to see a rheumatologist for her high fevers?

Why would my daughter need to see a rheumatologist for her high fevers?

FUO: Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is a common reason for a referral for a child with persistent high fevers with no known cause (like an obvious infection). Fuo referrals can include rheumatologists, infection disease specialists, and hematologists/oncologists in order to help figure out what is going on. I hope she feels better soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


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My 2 year old daughter has a fever and no other symptoms. She is lathargic and wont eat. What could this be? She doesn't really have any other symptoms she just wont eat and is very lathargic. I don't have a thermometer so i don't know how high the fever

My 2 year old daughter has a fever and no other symptoms. She is lathargic and wont eat. What could this be? She doesn't really have any other symptoms she just wont eat and is very lathargic. I don't have a thermometer so i don't know how high the fever

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. 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 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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Hi, my daughter is 4yrs. Shes having recurrent fever since last month. Now with low HB and high platlet. What does this mean?

Hi, my daughter is 4yrs.  Shes having recurrent fever since last month.  Now  with low HB and high platlet. What does this mean?

See a doctor ASAP: Your daughter appears to have a chronic febrile (fever) illness that has created anemia. In addition the elevated platelets suggest that the bone marrow is very active for an as-of-yet unidentified reason. She definitely needs a detailed evaluation by a pediatrician or an infectious diseases expert or both. Take her now. Good luck ...Read more

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My friends daughter always gets very high fevers around the same time every month, doctors ran test, still no answer. What could it be?

My friends daughter always gets very high fevers around the same time every month, doctors ran test, still no answer. What could it be?

Periodic fevers: There are conditions where a fever may occur on a regular basis time wise-called periodic fever syndromes.These are complicated and you should discuss these with the pediatrician. ...Read more

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My daughter is 4, she is fine during the day but at night, she gets really high fevers. Is this serious? Last night her fever got up to 104.5

My daughter is 4, she is fine during the day but at night, she gets really high fevers. Is this serious? Last night her fever got up to 104.5

See an MD: Fevers that high in 4 year olds can cause severe dehydration and can cause many serious problems. If it gets higher febrile seizures may develop, and other scary neurological disorders. Fevers usually worsen at night. A visit to your md is advisable asap. ...Read more

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My 21mo daughter gets high fevers when sick. Temp gets bt 103-104 she's still pretty happy, but much higher, she's lethargic until meds work. Worried?

My 21mo daughter gets high fevers when sick. Temp gets bt 103-104 she's still pretty happy, but much higher, she's lethargic until meds work. Worried?

Typical: Some patients are particularly sensitive to different parameters, such as temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. This is an example of how if you have a derangement of one of them enough, it causes major problems. If she is lethargic for any reason, she needs to be seen, either at her physician or an emergency room. ...Read more

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24 mths old daughter is diagnosed with Chronic benign neutrophenia 0.4 K/Cumm. When ill her fever sudd climbs V high upto 104 F.could it be related?

24 mths old daughter is diagnosed with Chronic benign neutrophenia 0.4 K/Cumm. When ill her fever sudd climbs 
V  high upto 104 F.could it be related?

Possibly: Many children get high fevers with both viral and bacterial infections, but with chronic benign neutropenia, especially if the count is very low, the body may not be able to adequately fight a bacterial infection, so urgent evaluation to identify the cause of the fever and initiate treatment is important. Frquently CBN is identified as part of the work up of recurrent high fevers. ...Read more

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My daughter has high fever what should I gave med

My daughter has high fever what should I gave med

Depends: We need to know the age of the child and reason for the fever, other symptoms, etc. Fever is a symptom, not a root cause; treating just the fever at home without proper evaluation could be dangerous, especially with a high fever. That being said, the appropriate dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) would be reasonable to help with the fever right now, but i would take her to the er if it is a high one. ...Read more

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My daughter has a 100.8 fever a week after initial high fever with fifths. Is this possible, do I need to be worried about something more sinister?

My daughter has a 100.8 fever a week after initial high fever with fifths. Is this possible, do I need to be worried about something more sinister?

Fever: At the moment, watchful waiting is in order. Should the temperature rise and remain sustained, I would be concerned and would seek help ...Read more