Although I am a Mother of 2, no matter how many times one of my kids get a fever, it always still goes like this.
1. I semi-panic,
2. Give parecetamol
3. Call the doctor
4. Make a special soup dish
5. Get the DVD’s ready and spoil them to death.
Well today my 4-year old woke up with a real scorcher. 39.1 degrees. And the weird thing was she was outside playing all day yesterday, wolfed down 2 bowls of pasta for dinner with nary a symptom. And today she woke up burning and with all sorts of owies (and license for Mommy to attend to her bidding).
After paracetamol and more ibuprofen, she’s now happily watching the Grinch and although still definitely not fit to go to school, she’s snatching her little brother’s Barney book away from him again, so things have normalized somewhat.
Just in case, here are some useful fever reminders:
* Give your child plenty to drink to prevent dehydration (not enough fluid in the body) and help the body cool itself.
* Keep your child still and quiet.
* Keep the room temperature at about 70°F to 74°F.
* Dress your child in light cotton pajamas so that body heat can escape.
* If your child is chilled, put on an extra blanket but remove it when the chills stop.
Tips on giving medicine
* Don’t give more than 5 doses in 1 day.
* Don’t give a baby younger than 4 months old medicine unless your family doctor tells you to.
* Read labels carefully. Make sure you are giving your child the right amount of medicine.
* If using drops, fill the dropper to the line.
* For liquid elixir, use a liquid measuring device to make sure you give the right dose. Get one at your drug store or ask your pharmacist.
Originally posted on August 19, 2006 @ 4:49 pm