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.
Fevers are weird things I never took the time to understand until I had a fever as an adult. My temperature had a high of over 103 and averaged near 102 for three days. Without a runny nose, cough, or other obvious symptoms of illness, I took the time to appreciate how awful fevers really are. My body was exhausted, achy, and anxious for the fever to break. I honestly appreciated why fevers were such a serious concern 100 years ago. They suck.
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, different types of fevers, and how to treat a fever. It may seem like common sense but when it is our child with the fevers it can be difficult to be rational.
10 Things You Should Know about 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 or knows when to visit the pediatrician.
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.
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 son will sit still long enough to cuddle.
Types of Fevers: (And this by no means is scientific. What I mean is, this is just a JOKE.)
Disco fever is believed to have been eradicated in the late 1970′s although chest hair, disco balls, and pointing upward whilst popping your knee lead some experts to believe this is false.
Cabin fever has a significant incubation period of weeks to several months. Symptoms include prolonged and repeated use of pajama pants and/or yoga pants worn for purposes other than yoga, extended periods of not wearing a bra, beards, and anxious Facebook status updates complaining about the weather.
Although a popular remedy, cow bell will not cure your child’s fever… although it might make them smile.
What do you do when your child has a fever?
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