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5 year old with low grade fever for over a month
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emaken4270 posted:
My son who is 5 has had a low grade fever for over a month. We have been to the doctors twice and they have done blood work and urine test and all come back good. His fevers are from 99.4 - 100.6 he has no other symptoms just the fever. The doctor wants to give it one more month and see if they go away. I am not sure if I should do this or go to another doctor and see what they say.
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Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
This sounds like a normal range for some children. If he has no other symptoms and the blood work looks ok-I would let it go in my child.
 
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Andrew Adesman, MD replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
As you likely know, body temperature vaires throughout the day -- typically coolest in the morning and hottest in the early evening. A fever is defined as a rectal temperature of 100.4 or higher. Thus, a temp of 99.4 or even 100.2 is not a fever --- just an elevated temp within the normal range. I would likely agree with Louise and try to relax and keep an eye on things. Of course, if any other symptoms develop or if you have continued concerns, you always have the option to seek a second opinion -- either from a different general pediatrician or a pediatric specialist.
Good luck.
 
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cawoods responded:
My daughter had this same thing for over 2 months this winter...we went through all the blood tests, urine tests, stool samples (not fun) and tests showed nothing... I decided to quit taking her temperature - ha! Still check her once a week or so and always 99.8-100.2 - I think maybe it is just a high "normal" for her. She never did this before...seems strange but I'm just trying to put it out of my mind.
 
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Roy Benaroch, MD replied to cawoods's response:
Cawoods, please stop taking your child's temperature unless she's acting sick or some other actual problem is going on. These numbers are normal.


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