Thursday, December 13, 2012

TMI Thursday Re-Wind: Fevers

Originally posted here and here.

Fevers are crazy in little kids.  Isn't it funny how you can almost see STEAM coming off their cute little bodies.

And all that is good.

Does it FEEL good? no.

But fevers are great stuff.  They show you that their body is fighting the infection.  I really don't care unless my kids fevers go over 104.  That's right, people -- 104.  

Symptoms are a whole other story.  Neck, ear, throat pain -- that's a whole other bag of chips... but fevers alone.

P loves to get fevers, and hold onto them for extended periods of time and I've just learned this.  A lot of time she has no other symptoms, but she must be fighting something.  I keep expecting a rash (a lot of times, kids will get a high fever and then break out in a viral rash the next couple of days later), but nothing appears.

Anyway, it's my advice.  My kids are also addicted to tylenol and advil.  I mean, if they have a fever, give them something to make them feel better.  But, ask your pediatrician about dosing, etc.

In fact, if you have a question, as your pediatrician as I'm just a nurse. :)  I mean, nurses run the world -- but I'm JUST a nurse. :)

I will say kids fevers and adult fevers are two different things.  Kids are so small their fevers get much higher, but if you -- as an adult were to hit 103 or so I'd probably head in.  That's a pretty high one.  And if you're pregnant I'd even say 101 I'd call your doctor.  But, I rarely get fevers anymore, maybe my kids have just taken the fight out of me. :)

My two cents for the day.  Hope it helps someone. :)

I was just changing a diaper, when I realized I didn't mention that newborns are NOT supposed to have a fever. Their immune systems are too darn new. Anything up to about 6 months, I worry a lot about with fever.

Don't just bythely give the babe tylenol. Take the temperature in an appropriate way -- most likely axillary, we're not even doing rectal temps in the hospital anymore, and then call your doctor.  BTW, the pacifier thermometer isn't accurate.  And ear thermometers don't work in babies, their ear canals are too small.

Also, if you don't know the cause you might want to call your doctor.
Most of the time I write these posts I worry about getting sued.
I really don't think a mom will take my advice wrong, but you never know....
Again, check with your doctor.

Hilary is an RN, BSN who has worked in various medical fields for the past 12 years, however, none of the information on this blog, should be substituted for the care of a physician. The information provided on this blog is informational only and shouldn't be taken as medical advice. You have instinct, use it -- and use it wisely. If you have questions, please ask your doctor. If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911. Also, please don't delay contacting a physician due to something you have read on here. Pulling Curls doesn't take responsibility for your health. That's your job. We're just a nice read.

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