This past Saturday everything seemed fine until Lauren felt a little warm late in the afternoon. We gave her Tylenol and she started to cool down. By bed time she warmed back up again to 101, so we gave her another dose and put her to sleep in our bed. By 1:30am she was tossing and turning and woke me up. I reached over to feel her and couldn't believe how hot she was! We jumped out of bed, gave her another dose of Tylenol and started running a lukewarm bath. Her temperature was 104.5, which seemed scary high to us! She screamed and cried in the bath and we couldn't get her to calm down. We called our HMO's emergency pediatrician line, but started getting really worried while waiting for the call back so we took her to the emergency room.
They checked her out and gave her a dose of Motrin. She was so good while they checked her ears, throat and listened to her chest. Everything looked fine, but they wanted to do a urine test by catheter. It was horrible holding her down for that...I felt SO bad. She was screaming and crying and she was all sweaty from the fever...my poor baby! Three hours later, we were leaving the hospital with the diagnosis of a stomach virus. She was so much better by the next day.
I'll tell you, as a new parent that first high fever is really scary! I kept thinking she would have a seizure...I felt so helpless. It's so hard when they are sick and all you can do is give the medication, love them and wait.