Fevers can be scary, but what do you really need to know about fevers in children?
Tis the season for fevers! Our family has been suffering for cabin fever since November, but today my son has a fever of a different kind.
As a concerned mother, I thought it was important to share a little info about fevers in children to help you make the best decision for your child.
Although I am no doctor (and nothing I have to say is more important than what your doctor will tell you), I have taken it upon myself to better understand fevers.
What is a fever:
According to WebMD, fevers can be frequently occurring for children. A fever is usually a good indication the child is fighting an infection (which can be caused by ANYTHING). Most fevers are harmless and typically last 1-3 days.
How to Treat a Fever:
If your child has a fever, DON’T PANIC! The best thing for your child is a parent who makes them comfortable while the fever does it’s thing. Instinct is usually a good way to determine when a call or visit to your pediatrician is necessary.
You should seek the advice of a pediatrician to properly administer medication to treat a fever. It is critical for the sfaety of a child that you get the type of medication and dosage right.
Keep your child comfortable. It is like instinct to wrap up a fevered child in layers of clothing and/or blankets. Try not to over-react and just keep the room temperature comfortable.
Keep your child hydrated. Although this can sometimes be difficult when our little ones are not feeling well, offer them drink frequently and praise them when they cooperate. Every little bit of fluid helps.
Fevers in children shouldn’t be scary, but we need to be mindful.
There can be a lot of reasons a fever is more than just a fever. If it lasts for more than 3 days (in children over 2), is above 104F, or is accompanied by other symptoms such as rash or pain CALL YOUR PEDIATRICIAN (and remember to stay calm).
Love! Give your child plenty of hugs and snuggles while the fever runs its course. For our family, this is one of the few times our kids will sit still long enough to cuddle.
OTHER Types of Fevers: (This isn’t science. It’s a JOKE.)
Symptoms: Excessive chest hair, disco balls, and pointing upward whilst popping your knee.
Symptoms: Prolonged and repeated use of pajama pants as well as extended periods of not wearing a bra. Has a significant incubation period of weeks to several months.
Symptoms: Total coolness.
What have you learned as a parent about fevers in children? What are your tips and advice?