My youngest son is incredibly sick today, his fever is peaking at 105.8! He seems almost delerious and thrashes around a little bit in his sleep. Symptoms luckily only include pounding head-ache, swollen throat, body aches and high temp. Even though my wife is a nurse she gets a little underprotective sometimes about when she or one of our family is sick, I used to call her Ms. Stoicism. Currently I am giving my son alternating doses every 6-8 hours of 800 milligrams of ibuprofen and 2000 milligrams of tylennol. Does anyone here have a better suggestion, as neither one seems to be supressing his fever very well. It's not an emergency I'd just rather he wasn't in such misery. We are making sure he takes his meds with a little food each time and we are giving him a lot of gatorade for hydration too.
Btw: We've already tried sodium naproxen and it didn't seem to work at all.
Poor little guy; I hope he feels better soon. We do the alterating meds when the kiddos have high fevers as well. The only other thing I can think of is to put him in a lukewarm bath and afterwards keep him stripped down as much as possible.
He's 18 so I'm not exactly going to draw a bath for him and load him into it, even in his weakened state he would probably kill me That's also pretty much why we have to give him gatorade, he sure won't drink pedialyte.
I told him about it though and I told him to stay stripped down, he says it helps a little but he keeps saying how his whole body except for his head is freezing. The head is roasting.
Does he feel sick? Sometimes, a fever is just the bodies way of healing itself. If he is coherent and all, just make sure he's drinking plenty of fevers, don't force him to eat and don't freeze him. (Don't pack him in clothes either, but don't freeze him. Apparently, being chilled can be worse than the fever.) Of course, what do I know. Where's CT et. al. when you need them?
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I'd suggest taking him in. 105 temp is too high for any age. Unless your measurement devise is inaccurate.
Still 105 is way too high.
Speed is correct on the dosages of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. 2000 mg of acetaminophen is way to much. 800 mg of ibuprofen has been used for inflamation and pain but usually not more then a day or two.
I suggest going to a walk in clinic or ER as soon as possible.
He says besides the mentioned symptoms he doesn't feel sick,. no nausea. He also said that his headache has turned more into painless lightheadedness with some slight pressure.
We were giving him a chilled towel to wrap around his headm and he said it was helping, but after he stopped wearing it his pain-headache went away.
I must admit, the reason I was giving him 800 milligrams of ibuprofen every 6-8 hours and switching off with 2 grams of tylennol was that my sister who is a pharmacist told me that was an effective adult dossage, but maybe she went a little too far.
Good news is that last temp. reading was 104.3 If it continues the way it is though or increases I think I will drive him to the ER.
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generally, you're supposed to call a doctor or bring him in if it's above 105. Also, make sure his mouth isn't colder from drinking fluids when you take his temperature.
I guess it depends how long he's had such a high fever and whether or not it's going down right now. If it starts rising again, I'd go ahead and bring him in.
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