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All moms are on high alert whenever their kid gets a fever. Fevers are a sign of illness indicating that your child’s body is fighting off infection. Fevers trigger us to give medicine and call the pediatrician. And usually after a few days, the fever is gone and our kids are back to their usual selves. But what happens when the fever lingers, and doesn’t go away. Our poor children get sicker and sicker, and as moms we are desperate for anything that will help!
Recently, my son was sick with fever for 9 days! Yes, 9 days over 101! After multiple visits to the doctor’s office, we eventually found ourselves in the hospital with a horrible sinus infection and dehydration. The days leading up to our trip to the Emergency Room were long and difficult. My son was taking fever reducing medicine every 4-6 hours to help fight off his fever and chills. The entire family was sleep deprived from this horrible illness, and once the vomiting & dehydration started I knew it was time for professional help. During our battle at home, I came to rely on two things to help with my son’s ongoing fevers. I want every mom to be prepared for the worst when it comes to fighting childhood fevers, so I am sharing my story with you. Make sure you have these essentials on hand because fever always seems to strike in the middle of the night!
Fever Reducing Acetaminophen Suppositories
I’m pretty sure every mom has Tylenol or Motrin in her medicine cabinet at home. They are essential medications for fever in children. But I doubt many of you have fever reducing suppositories! In fact, if I wasn’t a nurse in my previous pre-children life, I probably wouldn’t have them either. I know suppositories don’t sound fun for anyone, but they can be a real life saver for a sick child.
During my son’s illness and the night before our trip to the hospital, he became so dehydrated from vomiting he was unable to keep liquids down. Even a few sips of water or Gatorade came right back up. But he had a fever 0f 102.5 and he couldn’t keep down his Motrin. I was using cool rags to try and help but that wasn’t enough. He needed something for the fever. At first I started to panic, then I remembered I had some suppositories. I quickly grabbed them from my medicine cabinet and gave them to my son. Sure enough, 25 minutes later the fever was starting to come down. I was actually proud of myself for taking the time to be so well prepared.
Fevers always seem to hit in the middle of the night, and you never know when vomiting will be uncontrollable. Having fever reducing acetaminophen (Tylenol) suppositories on hand maybe a real life saver for you. In case you don’t know what a suppository is, they are medication designed to work in the rectum. Don’t worry moms, they are easy to insert, and if your older child is this sick they won’t even mind as long as it makes them feel better.
Now suppositories weren’t the only thing that really helped me out during my son’s 9 days of fever. I also relied on my new Kinsa Thermometer.
During one of my many trips to the pharmacy to buy more fever medicine, I decided I needed a new thermometer. My son’s fever had lasted for so long, I was beginning to wonder if my thermometer was broken! I noticed something new on the shelf and grabbed it immediately. Kinsa is a Smart Thermometer designed to work with an app on your phone. I was sold the moment I read that it kept a file of all the recorded fevers. Every time I would take my son to the pediatrician, they would ask for a record of his fevers. Do they not realize that sleep deprived, worried moms don’t always think to write down exactly what their child’s temperature was. I found myself answering the question with statements like “101. something” or “it was over 102 a couple times today.” With my new Kinsa Thermometer, all I had to do at the office was pull out my phone and read from the recorded list.
I think Kinsa is a MOM MUST HAVE, especially if you have children who get sick often, or have chronic fevers.
Using the Kinsa App, I created a profile for each of my children so that I will always have a record of their fevers. I am also able to record any other symptoms that are present during the fever, such as chills, cough or runny nose.
Kinsa uses Sesame Street as a recurring them throughout the app and they have provided a cute bubble popping game for the kids to play while the thermometer is reading your temperature. I found the Kinsa app easy to use and my son even had fun experimenting with it once he was feeling better.
The other thing that makes this thermometer so awesome is the added resources section in the app. The app provides advice on how to help soothe some of your child’s most common symptoms. This is a great resource for busy moms to have at their finger tips while they are in the middle of helping their child battle an illness. With that being said, please remember that this a smart phone not a doctor. And you should always seek advice from your child’s pediatrician!
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Whether you are a new mom dealing with baby’s first fever or a mother of three tackling fevers for the 100th time, being prepared is the key to handling illness like a pro. Take the time to create a well stocked medicine cabinet that includes all types of fever reducing medications and a reliable thermometer. You never know when fever will strike your family and you need to be prepared, your worried mind and sick child will thank you!