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glasnost

No, a fever here isn't reason to take the kids to the doctor. I totally understand if a child has an ongoing problem with ear infections etc that a parent would be more cautious though.

 

I tend to use my "mothers intuition" and only take them to the doctor if I feel that they really aren't themselves. Last time I did that it turned out that DS had whooping cough despite the GP thinking that he just had a cold.

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Alina0210

DS (age 7.5) - been to the Dr once i think for ear infection at 8mths old.

DD1 (age 4.5) - been once for a UTI

DD2 (age 2.5) - Never been

 

My kids rarely get sick, they might get a runny nose or a cough once or twice a year but nothing serious.

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Princess.cranky.pants

No. I treat the symptoms, not the temperature.

 

High temp doesn't always mean a trip to the DR is necessary (most often not in our house) and if it's a virus there is nothing that can be done anyway.

 

My kids have gotten temps and they have been otherwise well. Lasts 24/48 hours. They don't get ear infections so I don't worry about that. No need for a trip to the DR if they are otherwise okay.

 

 

 

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kay11

Well my eldest has a periodic fever syndrome, so you can imagine how often we are at the specialists!

 

For most fevers I don't worry about it if they clear up and she's not complaining of pain anywhere but hers is an exceptional scenario.

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lamarque

No, I wouldn't in those circumstances OP. My gp taught me very early on a high temp is the body doing what it is supposed to be doing.

 

Different story if headache, lethargy or hydration was an issue of course.

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mombasa

If the only symptom was the fever then I give nurofen or panadol which until now has managed t control their fever within a few hours, if it didn't I would wait a few days before seeking advice frm our GP. If they were getting fevers regularly I would certainly seek medical advice though.

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ubermum

I very rarely take the kids to the doctor. Between the 3 of them, there would be no more than 8 visits. I only medicate a fever if it is really high or upsetting them. If I think they just have a viral infection, I will let them ride it out for about a week before I go to the doctor so long as they don't have sore ears, respiratory issues and are coping fine. I hate going to the doctor. I always think we are more likely to come out with something worse than we went in with.

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farfaraway

If it's a fever that can be controlled by panadol or neurofen, no way. Waste of time and money to be told what I already know. No appetite and ongoing fever? Yes, warrants a trip. My kids - touch wood - very rarely make it to the doc. DD2 has been twice all year and DD1 has only been once (and this was their respective first years of daycare and school). I think mother's intuition is something worth listening too, so each to their own.

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CallMeFeral

I only take them if the fever has gone for more than a couple of days. Especially if (as is usually the case) there's a runny nose or cough - then I know it's just a cold. If there were no other symptoms I'd start going all meningococcal and getting stressed.

 

Sometimes I take them AFTER the cold if the cough hasn't died down in a couple of weeks, to make sure there's no secondary infection, and DD is/was asthmatic and used to get congested lungs.

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~sydblue~

I usually don't just for a fever, especially if that is the only symptom.

If there are other symptoms such as lethargy, not eating or obvious pain. Then I take them as soon as possible.

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Chelly_M

I took dd 3 yrs to the dr today. It was the 3rd time she's been sick all year. I took her because it was day 3 of a fever 39+, has barely eaten anything over the past few days (not even ice cream!) and refuses to take panadol even when mixed up in juice. I just wanted to confirm that there was no sign of bacterial infection, that it was ok if she didnt take any medicine for the fever and what to do if my 12 wk old ds catches it.

My gp is lovely and never makes me feel that I'm wasting her time. She's very thorough, even did a urine test. And said to come back Monday if dd still has a fever. So I am glad that I went today and am also fortunate that my gp bulk bills kids.

 

 

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