August 2015

Fever in Children

When your child is not feeling well, and you suspect a fever, but are unsure of what to do next. Should you get out the thermometer? Call the doctor? Give medication?

In healthy kids, FEVERS usually don’t indicate anything serious. We all know it is frightening when your child’s temperature rises, but a fever itself does no harm and can actually be a good thing. A fever is a symptom when your child’s body is fighting an illness. We typically treat fevers with medication that are fever reducers to make your child feel better and to prevent dehydration.

What TEMPERATURES can you expect when your child is sick. Guidelines state that you should call your pediatrician if he has a temperature at or above:

100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and he is under three months old
101 degrees Fahrenheit and he is between three and six months old
103 degrees Fahrenheit and he is over six months old

Just as important as your child’s temperature, please consider this advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics:3

Enjoy Every Minute With Your Child!

Some great advice I received when I was a “new mom,”  was to try and enjoy each moment with my baby.  Below are a few tips to help you enjoy your little one. I am a mom to a 21-month-old, and I can’t believe that he is already almost two. The first year was tough, feeling sleep deprived, and having to care for another person that was completely dependent on me was so exciting and exhausting all in the same breath.

The second year has been filled with challenges of an “almost terrible two-year-old”, and trying to set boundaries, yet still let him explore the world. But every day has been an adventure and I loved every minute of the smiles, giggles, and the first steps, and words.  And I am really enjoying the innocence of childhood, and it amazes me.

It has been so rewarding watching my son develop into a little being with thoughts and a cute personality as he explores his environment.  I love the “wows”, when he sees something new and exciting. I certainly don’t know everything about parenting, and I just try to be a good mom.  But when I am having a “mommy stress moment”, I try to remember why I love my little man, and how much I enjoy being a mom!