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Child with fever feeling raised heart beat. Is it normal?

My daughter is sick and last night had a fever of 103, today her fever seems to have broke and has been around 98.2 for about 5 hours straight. My question is, she keeps putting her hand to her chest and saying daddy, I can feel my heart beeping . I put my hand there and I can actually feel her skin move and feel the beating. Is this normal and something that you can usually feel and I just haven t noticed, or is something wrong? Her heart rate is about 122
Asked On : Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

You have not mentioned the age of your kid.
References for heart rate are based on age. Younger kids have higher rates than older ones.

In fever due to increased basal metabolic rate, heart rate goes up. There is an increase of heart rate by 10 beats for every degree rise of temperature.
But usually kids do not feel the palpitation.

Please do visit your Pediatrician and get reassured. In the mean time give her fever medications every 6 to 8 hours based on her weight along with plenty of fluids.

You may get age based heart rates from internet.
Count her heart rate when she is not having fever and when she is asleep. If they are normal you need not worry. If its still high or rhythm is irregular, its wise to take your kid to your Pediatrician immediately.

Hope my answer helps you.
Wish your kid good health.
Answered: Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Heart rate is increased in conditions like fever.....but what is the age of your kid......... heart rate varies with age............

even a heart rate of 140 is normal in a new born it is widely variable in pediatrics.

are there any associated complaints like cough or burning urination or increased frequency of passing urine or running nose.........................

Is your kid accepting feeds normally............

Are there any vomitings............

Further details are required to answer you better

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Hope this helps.
Take care

Dr Y V Siva Sankara Murty
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Answered: Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Now you are mentioning that fever has come down. but you are saying that there is still tachycardia....that is increased heart rate.

Heart rate is age dependent.
What is the age of your child.

High heart rate is not normal and should be investigated.
Arrythmias, dehydration etc can cause high heart rate

Hope this helps.
Take care
Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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