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Old 07-28-2014, 08:28 AM
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What I was taught (in a 2011 Peds rotation of nursing, not medical school) is that it's not the fever that is dangerous, but the speed of the onset. That is, fever of 104 that comes on during the course of a day or two, not a big deal. Fever of 104, give 'em some Tylenol, temp goes to 99, don't give 'em Tylenol 6 hours later and fever of 104 shoots back up over an hour - seizure risk. So it's really important, if you do decide to give fever reducers, to keep giving them until the kid is feeling better.

Anyone know if this is the current thinking, or am I out of date?