Children’s Advil® conducted a survey from more than 1,000 parents and 250 pediatricians across the country and discovered that 52% of parents feel anxious, fearful, or helpless when their child has a fever.
That doesn’t need to happen; we just need to know a few tips and facts about fevers. Children’s Advil has teamed up with Alanna Levine, M.D. (a nationally recognized pediatrician) to offer a “fever relief” program to help us parents.
Here’s some Fever Management Tips:
Stay Cool: Remember that most fevers are the body’s way of fighting an illness.
Be Prepared: Talk with your child’s doctor about what to do when your child runs a fever. And make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked with non-expired and non-recalled medicines.
Watch for Serious Signs & Call Your Doctor If:
- your child is less than three months and has a fever of 100 degrees or higher. This happened to my now 1 year old when he was just a few weeks old. It meant a hospital stay and invasive tests, but the implications can be very serious for a fever in a baby that young and it’s so important to check it out. It literally could save their life.
- your child’s fever is over 103 degrees, no matter their age
- your child’s fever lasts for more than 3 days
- your child has a fever and looks and acts very sick
- you have concerns. Never underestimate your mother’s intuition! If something doesn’t seem to right to you, call your doctor!
Long Lasting Relief: When choosing a fever medication, be sure to consider how long the medication will last. Children’s Advil®, which contains ibuprofen, provides up to 8-hours of relief with one dose.
Common Mistakes and Missteps, according to the survey:
- 52% of parents send their child back to school less than 24 hours after their fever went away
- 52% of parents wake their child in the middle of the night to give them fever medication
- 17% of parents have brought their child to the emergency room for a fever without consulting with their doctor first
- 36% of parents base medication dosage on age versus weight.
When our kids get a fever, it’s good to know the facts ahead of time so we don’t stress (as much) when they get sick. All these fever management tips are good, but the most important tip is to trust your mother’s instinct. I’ve been there many times, where I’m hesitant to call the doctor in the middle of the night with a question. But I’ve learned that if I’m really worried, I call.
Personally, I’m not a fan of medicating my children every time they come down with a fever. A fever isn’t something to be afraid of, it’s the body’s natural way of fighting illness. However, it’s always something to be watchful of and a basic knowledge of what to do/what not to do is important.
When my children have a fever and I need to give them medication, I always base the dosage off their weight, which is often different from the age guidelines on the packaging. I know doctors follow this more-accurate method of dosing too.
Earlier this week, my little ones came down with a minor cold and when my 14 month old ran a very low fever, I knew I could turn to Children’s Advil. For this instance, I wasn’t so concerned about the fever, but my Luke was very cranky and not sleeping well. The fever-reducer allowed him to feel better and to get some much needed rest. I love that Children’s Advil lasts 8 hours so they’re not waking up just 3 or 4 short hours later because their discomfort has returned. I always keep Children’s Advil in my house because I never know when it will be needed. Whether it’s a sick child or a teething baby, Children’s Advil helps to relieve pain and discomfort and allows them to rest peacefully.
You can find more information about fevers and Children’s Advil at their Facebook page too.