Post # 1
My daughter (8m) was with her cousin this morning. My sister just called and said that he started complaining of feeling cold (since we left) and now has a fever of 102. How long should I watch my daughter for signs of sickness?
Post # 3
I would say 24 to 48 hours depending on what the cousin has.
Post # 4
@Quietserenity: Just keep an eye out for fever over the next few days. Kids get fevers for all kinds of reasons and not all of them are contagious. DS used to spike fevers up to 105 when he was teething, so it might not be the flu.
Post # 5
Thank you both for such quick replies. DD has never been sick, so this is my first time having to navigate anything like this!
Post # 6
Fevers are also a healthy thing. They are the body’s way of fighting off infection, so not only do all fevers not need to be treated, but most do not require a doctor’s visit.
Use the Check Your Symptoms here to help decide when a child needs to see a doctor:
Post # 7
@Quietserenity: No problem!
And if she does get sick, I second Julies1949’s advice… I didn’t really treat DS’s fevers unless they were over 103/104 and then it was more just so he/we could get some sleep. And you’ll find that if she does spike a really high fever (i.e. over 105), by the time you get the doctor, the fever will usually have come down.
Post # 8
@Quietserenity: Totally understood! My son is 14 months and has had a few colds here and there but over Thanksgiving weekend was the first “real” time he was sick. Poor little guy was throwing up and had dirrahea. (Wasn’t the flu per the doctor). But still as a mom you worry about every little cough especially being a first time mom!