My poor baby was down and out last week with a fever and URI (Upper Respiratory Infection) symptoms. As a Mom, I know first hand how alarming a fever can be in your little one, but as a medical provider, I want to educate you on an easy way to approach a fever at every age.
Nearly every child will develop a fever at some point. Fever is a sign of your child’s body fighting off an infection, but the challenge for parents is to know when to be concerned. Fever in infants and young children should be closely monitored, as it can lead to dehydration or be a sign of a more serious condition.
Know When To Call The Dr.
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Gems To Remember About Fever:
- One of your Provider’s Pet Peeves: A subjective fever
- You can not confirm a fever by feeling your child’s skin. The margin of error is too great.
- Invest in a simple thermometer like this one here to take rectal temps, it is the most accurate and recommended method in ages 3months or younger.
- Accurately taking your child’s temperature can quickly ease your concern or help make an informed decision about your next steps.
- Fever is most commonly caused by a virus and treatment may not call for an antibiotic. Please don’t get upset if you do not receive a prescription for an Antibiotic. Antibiotic resistance is becoming more of a reality, and you can read more about it on the CDC website.
- Children under 5 are susceptible to febrile seizures. I always recommend having Acetaminophen suppositories available at home for this very reason. You can find some here.
Moms, you know your child best! If their behavior is not normal or fever has continued over several days do not hesitate to take them in or head to the closest Emergency Room. I hope this helps to calm your spirits when The Little One is feeling under the weather.