As a mom, there is nothing I dislike more than one of my children being sick, especially when there is a fever involved. But according to a couple of recent surveys of parents and pediatricians, more than half of all parents report feeling anxious, fearful or helpless when their child comes down with a fever. So it definitely sounds like I’m not alone.
When my children are sick or running a fever, I want to do everything within my power to make sure they get better as soon as possible. In my haste to make my children comfortable, I found that I was not properly managing the fever.
- Stay Cool: Remember that most fevers are in fact indicators that the body is fighting an underlying illness.
- Be Prepared: Start the season by talking to a pediatrician about proper fever management. Also, check the medicine cabinet to ensure that all medications have not expired or been recalled.
- Watch for Serious Signs: Generally, it’s time to call a pediatrician:
- if your child is less than three months old and has a fever of 100 degrees or higher;
- if the fever is over 103 degrees, no matter what the child’s age;
- if the fever lasts more than three days;
- if your child has a fever and looks and acts very sick;
- if you are concerned regarding your child’s health.
- Long Lasting Relief: When choosing a fever medication, be sure to consider how long the medication will last. Children’s Advil, which contains ibuprofen, provides up to 8-hours of relief with one dose.
- More than half of parents (52 percent) have sent their kids back to school or daycare less than 24 hours after their fever passed.
- More than half of parents (52 percent) report waking their sick child up in the middle of the night just to give them fever medicine.
- One in five parents (17 percent) admitted to bringing their child to the emergency room solely for a fever without first calling their pediatrician.
I couldn’t count on both hands how many times I’ve woke my children up in the middle of the night to give them medication for fever. Oh and emergency room visits — we’ve had our fair share, that’s for sure.
Being a parent is by far the hardest job I’ve ever had but it’s also the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. Your best bet, when unsure, is to call your pediatrician for proper dosing instructions and how to properly treat your child’s fever.