Fevers in teens-at what point do you take them to the dr?

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Posted 12/7/2012 by gale w in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 12/7/2012 10:58:48 AM
13 yo ds has a sore throat, headache and fever. When he checked about 35 minutes ago, his temp was 102.3. He took 2 advil and I'll check again in about 15 minutes. At what point do you take them to the doctor/clinic? I know there's probably nothing they can do to make him better but they can check him to make sure there isn't anything more serious than a cold.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:00:49 AM
A low/moderate fever and general virus symptoms, no need for a doctor IMO.
Maybe after a few days. Definitely if they aren't able to eat/drink enough to stay hydrated. Or severe pain etc.

But as you describe, no.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:01:19 AM
Im not sure how you know theres nothing they can do for him. How do yu know its not strep?

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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:03:09 AM
look at the tonsils. bright red with white patches? it's probably strep. Otherwise I'd let it ride for a day or so.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:07:46 AM
At 102 I go see the doctor for me. I would for sure take my kid in.



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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:13:10 AM
I can't really see his throat from the inside-his tongue is blocking my view. What I could see looked like normal color. I'll recheck his temp in a few minutes-he just drank some cold water so I have to wait.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:19:50 AM

A low/moderate fever and general virus symptoms, no need for a doctor IMO.
Maybe after a few days. Definitely if they aren't able to eat/drink enough to stay hydrated. Or severe pain etc.

But as you describe, no.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:22:03 AM
just rechecked-101.3.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:22:07 AM
A little over a month ago my 15 year old grandson was sick for a week, ran a fever of 101 - 102 every day, a little sore throat, etc. On that Friday I woke him up see if he had a temp because he was supposed to have a dentist appt, but the temp was still 102, so I said instead of the dentist it would be the doctor. He wanted to sleep a little longer (it was only about 7am) so I said ok, and when he woke up around 9:30, his temp was completley normal! He stayed that way all day, but then that night it went up to 102 again. Sheesh. But the next morning he was fine and stayed fine.

So I would say it was just a virus, and they get over it. But, is his throat really really sore? Because of course there is always strep and that stuff isn't fun.



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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:29:41 AM
I don't think his throat is really really sore. He's normally a whiner and he isn't really moaning about it. He says it hurts "a little". His voice sounds a bit scratchy and uneven.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 1:04:52 PM
Is your doctor open on the weekend?
Has he been around anyone with step?

I might take my DS in since it is Friday and I would not want to spend a fortune taking him somewhere on the weekend. It could just be flu or a virus, but at least you would know.

Hope he feels better quickly!

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Posted: 12/7/2012 2:39:58 PM
If my children have a fever they need to stay home from school. So If they are in 9th - 12th grade I HAVE to take them to the doctor to get a note or the absence in not excused and they will face detention and other consequences. Prior to 9th grade I kept them home and only went to the doctor if no improvement in a day or two or they had other troubling symptoms.

As if I need a medical degree to read a thermometer. Ridiculous.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 2:46:10 PM
Hop: we have three days out before we have to go to the dr.

I normally don't treat a fever unless it is interfering with drinking or sleeping. Fever is the way the body kills off the infection. Lowering the fever may prolong the illness...at least that is what our dr says!

If the child is able to keep liquids down and there are no other symptoms then we don't go until day 3.

However, at our schools right now, they are required to stay out for three days AFTEr the fever is gone without medication because of confirmed flu cases.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 4:45:37 PM
His temp is normal now-he hasn't taken any more advil or tylenol. He acts like he does when he has a regular mild cold now. I don't think he's been around anyone with strep but you never really know, I guess. He is homeschooled but he does Karate twice a week and Pokemon League once a week. If I have to take him in over the weekend, there's a walk-in clinic open 7 days a week and our insurance will cover 100% since we met our deductible earlier this year.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 5:09:59 PM
If it's just the fever, headache and sore throat, I would be inclined to go get a strep test. If he has cold symptoms as well, then I would attribute the sore throat to the cold - strep does not come with respiratory stuff.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 5:26:28 PM
He has a stuffy/snotty nose too.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 6:47:07 PM
Sounds like a sinus infection. DS 16. Had a fever for a day. Went away without meds by the next day. A fever is the body fighting something off. I gave him sinus/allergy medicine with decongestant. Myself kids always get a sore throat from the drainage. He would have to have a fever for a couple days or be lethargic before i took him in. Things take time to run the course.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 6:56:46 PM
DS 11 1/2 had 101 and I kept him home and didn't send him to school. Then over the weekend he had 99, 100, 101, 102 with a very sore throat. I took him to urgent care on a Sunday when he started throwin up too. He hadn't eaten, wasn't drinking. Urgent care couldn't find anything.

Took him to our PCP on Monday and he had strep.

I take older DS fairly quickly because his asthma flares up when he is sick and then he ends up in the hospital


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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:06:24 PM
Sounds like a virus/cold - I wouldn't do anything unless he gets a really high fever, or seems really lethargic, or if I could puss on his throat/tonsils. Sounds like a kid with a cold.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:12:16 PM
My younger dd just got over a virus that was like that - fever, mild throat pain, mild/moderate sinus issues - but it wasn't strep or flu, I guess, based on the mildness of the symptoms and the fact that she got over it pretty quickly. She had fever for three days and today she's fine, with a little lingering cough. Generally for me day four is the day I take them to the doctor, unless whatever they have seems severe enough to warrant a sooner trip.



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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:16:46 PM
My tipping point is a fever over 104.0 at that point they have zero choice they are going to the doctor. Before that I allow them to decide if they want to go but strongly suggest if I feel they need to be seen.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:52:11 PM
My ds is 13, also, and with the symptoms you listed in your OP I would wait a few days before calling the doctor. If the fever persists or if he doesn't start to feel better in a few days Id call and take him in.


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