Prolonged fever in a toddler
November 6, 2009 8:15 AM Subscribe
My toddler (just turned 2) has had a fever for almost a month. Would you be concerned? His pediatrician isn't.
posted by beccaj to health & fitness (40 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I waited a while to bring him. He had a cold so I about a month ago so I took his temp (with an ear thermometer - the exact same that his doctor has). It was about 99.4-99.6 for thos few days. I have read you add almost a degree to that.
He's been acting completed normal so he may have had the fever before his cold but I would really have no reason to take his temp. He had it for about a week. Then I took his temp and it was normal. Didn't think about it again. Then he had to get his flu shot a week later so I took it... the temp was still there. He had this temp on and off (out of 2 weeks I took his temp every day once or twice and prob 2 times he didn't have a temp).
So I bring him to the doctor and the doctor says he seems fine (checked for an ear infection and listened to his lungs) and said to just stop taking his temp. When he went to the office and didnt have a temp (with the same ear type thermometer). I asked the nurse to take it a second time but she wouldn't. It has been consistantly about 99.5.
How long should I wait before I attempt to go see a doctor again?
What serious things should I be concerned that it could be?
What would you do??
(He does have a low normal temp- just under 98 normally)