Any Suggestions?

Canada
February 21, 2008 12:53pm CST
Hi everyone. I have a 20 month old who is running a high fever and I know the best thing for her is sleep and fluids.. My husband and I had her at the hospital lastnight and everything is fine..Her ears are fine her throat everything accept the fever. She was given tylenol at the hospital that brought her fever down a bit and We had to hang around so the doctor would see if she could drink fluids...Now that was the fun part as it was after midnight way past her bed time but we mangaged too get her too and were allowed to take her home and had to make an appointment with her fam doc....Had her temp checked lastnight before leaving and it went down still but spiked right back up this morning. Her family doc said same thing her ears throat everything good but temp high keep doing what I'm doing bring her back in 24 hours if temp hasn't broken or gone down enough need to get blood work... Now after a lengthy explanation my question is any suggestions on how I can get my 20 month old to want to drink...She did this morning have a bit but nothing since after 8 in the morn..She did eat a tiny bit and has held everything down including tylenol...But I know after the rough night she had she is very very tired so if she has a bit of a sleep any suggestions to how I can get her to drink more?
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@mummymo (23707)
21 Feb 08
Sweety I know how scary this is as when Niamh gets ill she tends to get dehydrated! After lots of experience , several hospital admissions and some good advice we have found that trying to make her drink large amounts is pointless it is far easier and more effective to give them small amounts very frequently! Depending on how bad she is that can be anything from 5 ml every 5 minutes to 15 ml every 5 - 15 mins. We use a medicine spoon if we have to but it is far easier if you use an oral syringe! I hope this helps a little and that you r little angel feels better very quickly. Another good tip is juicy ice lollies - we make our own and when they suck on them they are getting fluid from them too! Hugs to you sweetheart - please let us know how she is doing! xxxx
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• Canada
23 Feb 08
Thanks hun big hugzzzzzzzzzz back to you her fever did finally break yesterday around 5:30 and has stayed away thanks goodness we are just left with the left over crabby part...Thanks for the advice now I know what to try for next time because she does it everytime she gets a fever it seems.
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@mummymo (23707)
23 Feb 08
I am so pleased that she is feeling better now sweety and I am sure the crabby part will pass quickly! lol For your sake I hope so anyway, isn't it funny how we are always so relieved they are getting better we don't mind them being crabby? My niamh is the same when she is ill, specially if she is vomitting and cannot keep fluids down - that is where they tend to get dehydrated very quickly and when the 5ml of fluid every 5-10 minutes comes in very handy indeed! xxxx
• Canada
24 Feb 08
Oh yes they are crabby even when feverish and stuff but my daughter wasn't too bad I think she saved it all for now lol...Yes she is doing much better pretty much back to her old self accept for the minor crabbiness here and there hugzzzzzzz.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 08
Well what I would do is keep coaxing her to drink I hope that she is better by now as I am a bit behind so I really hope that she is better by now but keep coaxing her that is all that you can do Try and make it fun for her as in putting a straw or one of those fancy straws in there for her to drink through
• Canada
24 Feb 08
Yes Sweets she is much better now and thanks any advice I can get is very much appreciated as I will know more tips of what I can do if it ever happens again because she seems to not want to drink every single time she gets a fever.
@34momma (13896)
• United States
21 Feb 08
here is a tip that is going to bring that fever rub some vick viper rub on the bottom of her feet and put some nice thick soaks on her. she is not going to eat or drink until she is feeling better and this is going to brake the fever and make her feel better enough to start drinking and eating
• Canada
24 Feb 08
Thanks I will surely give that a try if it ever happens again thanks goodness her fever broke and has remained gone it broke on Thursday at 5:30 p.m
@miller1978 (1104)
• United States
21 Feb 08
My family doctor told us to push fluids, even if it's not water, push them. If they refuse to drink anything try those popsicles that are made with fruit juice or pedialite. Jello is also considered a fluid, get her to eat some of that. That's all I can think of right off the bat. Good Luck
• Canada
23 Feb 08
Thanks hun for the advice will be good to know for next time good news her fever broke around 5:30 yesterday and has stayed away.