Last year I did a TMI Tuesday series on some of my basic health knowledge. For those of you who don’t read my bio, I’m actually a labor and delivery nurse who has also dabbled in a few other areas in my time with an RN behind my name. Since I didn’t get any questions, I re-runing a somewhat useful one from last year. HOWEVER, I’m totally open to write up new TMI Tuesdays, but I’ve run out of thoughts of my own right now. Please, submit questions for health concerns you have. I’m totally up for annonymous questions as you might not like your rectal fizzures splayed out on my blog for all to read. 🙂
And so, without further adieu, a post I did inititally in Sepetember of 2009:
I’ve wanted to give some health advice on this blog. I think that a large part of our nation’s health care issues center on the fact that doctors want to be all-knowing, and they don’t properly educate people — so they end-up clogging up ER’s and doctors offices with things that really don’t need to be seen. Especially in children. It’s driving me nuts that hospitals are having to set-up extra ER stations so that they can see all the people with swine flu.
IT IS THE FLU people. Oink yourself back to bed.
Today, I’d like to focus on flu symptoms and when it’s time to take issue, and when it’s time to take a nap:
1. Kids get high fevers. That’s how their body fights infection. When I worked for pediatricians (I did phone triage for pediatricians in nursing school when I had my LPN) they wouldn’t worry til’ it got over 107. Frankly, anything over 105 even scares me. However, up until that point, even though their bodies seem to be on fire, they’re fine. That’s the war being waged on the germs.
- Give them Tylenol or Advil, if appropriate (hopefully your doctor has reviewed with you any anti-fever medications you can give your child, along with the proper dose, at your well-checks).
- You can also give them a lukewarm bath, pouring the water over them (don’t make the bath too cold — just a little cooler than you’d normally make it) if they seem uncomfortable with the heat. Do bundle them into jammies after it though, you don’t want to drop their temperature.
- You do want to make sure the fever does respond to the medicine. Take the temperature, give the medicine and then take the temperature 30-60 minutes later. If it hasn’t gone down you might want to call your doctor.
- Adult’s fevers, FYI shouldn’t be near as high. If you take your temp and it’s over 103 or so, I’d call your doctor.
- Monetary — the ER is just for emergencies. If you just suspect they have the flu, it’s not the place for you — extreme lethargy, high-high fevers, it’s something you might consider, but only if your regular doctor won’t see you. It will cost your insurance a lot, and you, as well. Unless you have medical — and then it’s costing me. 🙂
- Health-wise — your child is exposed to others with flu-like-symptoms and they are exposed to them. One of the most important things about being sick is staying at home.
- You — you are now exposed to all those people — and what will happen when mom’s sick? I think we all know — pure hell. 🙂
Hilary is an RN, BSN who has worked in various medical fields for the past 14 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.