What You Really Need to Know About Fevers in Children

What you really need to know about fevers in children from @FunAsYouGrow

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.)

DISCO FEVER

What you really need to know about fevers in children from @FunAsYouGrow

Symptoms: Excessive chest hair, disco balls, and pointing upward whilst popping your knee.

CABIN FEVER

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.

MORE COWBELL

Symptoms: Total coolness.

 

What have you learned as a parent about fevers in children? What are your tips and advice?

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9 Comments

  1. This is a great post! Have you read the book or taken the class What to do When Your Child Gets Sick? They teach it at our hospital. It talks all about how to handle different sickness situations. While there is no treatment for disco fever or cabin fever, it is still pretty relevant.

  2. Great read! I freaked out the first time my baby had a fever! Now I know it’s more common than I thought and I’m much more calm now that I know how to handle it!

    1. This has been a tough winter for our family and we have dealt with many fevers already (and we still have 6 more weeks of winter to go). I’m not a doctor, just a mom, and I thought a little humor would be a nice relief from some of the scary things that parents can read about illnesses.

  3. Fevers freak me out. I get very anxious when the little one has one. It’s hard not to, but’s important to understand why it’s happening.

  4. Hey there! Great post. I would add age of child is also very important in determining how urgently to take to doctor. For example, in any child less than 3 months a temp >100.4F needs a trip to pediatrician. Less than 1 month, baby needs a trip to the ER for a full workup for temp 100.4F or greater since risk of serious bacterial infections are much higher in that age group. The American Academy of Pediatrics healthychildren.org would be a good reference to add to the post. xx

    1. Hello. THANK YOU so much for pointing out a very important piece of information! Various temps and various ages all mean different things. Let me know if you have written any relevant posts that I might also link. I will edit the post to reference the AAP as well.

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