Baby’s First Fever

For the past couple days, Hailey has been a bit crankier than usual. I blamed the molars that are trying to work their way through because she keeps almost her entire hand in her mouth at all times and is drooling like a champ. She also had a slight fever that came and went (just over 99 degrees), which can happen while teething, too. However, yesterday morning I woke up to this face.

baby's first fever- sick face

Does that say “I feel like crap, mom” or what?

Sure enough, her temperature was 101 and the girl didn’t have much desire to eat or energy. The pacifier that is usually reserved for sleep only came out because she just looked so miserable. Being that it was the first time Hailey has been sick, I turned into nervous Nelly and decided to call the doctor.

Side story: I was texting one of my single best friends and I told her that Hailey didn’t feel well and I could call her at 9:00 when I was heading to the ped. So I called her when I got in the car and the first thing she says? How is your pedicure going?! I was so confused until I realized ped for me = pediatrician, but to her, ped clearly meant pedicure. We got a good laugh Winking smile

baby's first fever- doctor's office

I was grateful that the doc got us right in. We just switched Hailey to a new place and I’m really pleased with their willingness to spend time with each patient, their competence and ability to see you quickly.

Everything checked out ok. No ear infection or rashes, but definitely a fever of 101, probably caused from some little virus. I asked if I should give her Tylenol, to which the doctor suggested I don’t. She said she believes the fever is doing a job and as long as it stays 101ish and below, it’s not a real danger as long as it is trending downwards over a couple days.

I thought that was interesting advice and decided to take it. I’d keep Hailey med-free unless her fever went up or she showed signs of increased discomfort.  Luckily, she didn’t seem to be terribly uncomfortable, but boy was she clingy.

baby's first fever- snuggles

She would not let me put her down, so my planned day of productivity took a back seat to snuggles. I didn’t mind one bit. We bummed, we read books and Hailey napped.

baby's first fever- naps

She hasn’t napped on me in months, so this was a sweet spot in an otherwise rough day.

I was prepared to give her Tylenol before bed to help her be comfortable enough for sleep, but her fever broke just before dinner time. It’s like someone flipped a switch and she was ready to play again. Luckily she was still worn out and went to bed with ease, despite the extra naps.

Now, my fingers are crossed that she wakes up a healthy, happy girl!

Do you have any sick day traditions?

Growing up my mom was great to us when we were sick. She’d set us up on the couch with blankets and any hydration we wanted- Gatorade, sprite, slushies. If it was a sore throat we could also be guaranteed hot and sour soup, which I still go out of my way to get when I have a sore throat today. Moms are awesome.



  1. says

    Glad the fever broke last night, hopefully whatever it wa ison it’s way out. G napped on me for the first time in I don’t even know how long yesterday too! I was so conduit fell asleep right with him. My mom did pretty much the same as yours. Couch, liquids, blankets, soup and snuggles!
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  2. says

    Watching daytime movies on channel 6 then Dr Phil or Ellen – depending whether it was the 90’s or the 2000’s while lying on the couch with a blanket over me and a bucket on the floor, Mum never let us skip school if she wasn’t certain we were going to chunder 😛

  3. says

    Yes, moms are amazing when you’re sick! Aww, poor Hailey… that first face is just hysterical. :) It is definitely sweet when they are extra cuddly and sleep on you. We tend to do the same thing with tylenol- use it if there’s signs of discomfort, otherwise let the fever run its course. Hope she’s feeling better soon!
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  4. says

    Poor Hailey :(
    I’m glad that the fever have broken. A mom always feels better then because she knows her child is getting better as well.
    That’s a great sick tradition your mom had with you. My mom insisted that we stayed in bed the whole day. Sick children are not supposed to be out of bed, she always said. But it was fun because she would spoil us with food she left in the refrigerator.
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  5. Susan @ Real Life Travels says

    I was surprised too when our dr said the same thing about fevers. I always thought fevers were bad but they aren’t their actually good. Their temps rise for a reason; to kill off the bug. I don’t give CK anything either unless his is a really high fever. Hope she feels better. When we were little if we were sick my mom would always make a bed for us in the bathroom. BTW I had a dream last night that you had another little Hailey. Weird I know. Have a great day!
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  6. Hanna says

    Poor Hailey :( She looks miserable! That is interesting advice about the tylenol. I would often go to my grandparent’s house when I got sick as a child. I remember sleeping in their guest bed and drinking lots of ginger ale. I hate it when my daughter gets a fever, but I love snuggling with her while she naps. I hope that Hailey is back to her bubbly self today!

  7. says

    Poor H! I hope today is a better day for her and that you get a little independence to get some things done. Lula’s molars are making an appearance too and I’ve certainly had some overnight wake-ups in the past week that I thought were a thing of the past. Happy Tuesday!
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      • says

        Our doctor prescribed something that is similar to a throat spray for adults- I think it’s called Benzocaine- it’s in her room and she’s napping or I would check for sure. :) I’ve used it once and it didn’t seem to have much effect at all.

        This morning she was laying on her back and I noticed that more teeth near the front of her mouth are erupting too, which might have been the reason she was up last night.

        Our doctor shared this Mark Twain quote with us at Lula’s 12 month appointment:
        “Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principle one was that they escaped teething.” :)

        Good luck!
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  8. says

    Awww, poor H. Hope she is feeling better today. Maybe it’s just me, but I absolutely loved when Riley would sleep on my chest- one of the greatest things ever.

    Whenever Riley would get a fever (usually also teething related) we’d give her a luke-warm bath. I’d also use cool wash rags to rub over her face and neck, which often broke her fevers.

    Feel better, sweet girl!
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  9. Britt says

    I have no sweet traditions with my own mother and I’m determined to to make some with my own babies. That’s so awesome you can look back and remember things like this :)

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