When kids get sick in our house, it can be very draining for everyone, expecially if it decides to go through all 8 of us. We have already had 3 bouts of the flu go through the house since the weather started getting colder I have a feeling it may be a long winter!!
What does a house look like when 7 people, including mom are sick you ask?? Well I took a few pictures of one of the bouts of flu that went through everyone including mom in a 48 hour period. Let me tell you that makes for a lot of laundry in our house when that many people have the flu!
Even the cat enjoyed the fact that everyone slept most of the day :)
Here are some tips on dealing with fevers in kids I have learned through the years.
1. Keep them hydrated with fluids, fevers cause children to loose fluids quicker. Children ages 1+ should drink gatorade/poweraide, apple juice, soups, water, ice pops, and jello are all good choices. For younger ones, 2 months-1 year old, or children who are vomiting, pedalyte is the best choice of hydrating fluids, start with a spoonful at a time and work up from there increasing the amount every 5-10 minutes as they can hold it down. Babies younger than 2 months need to be seen if they develop a fever. Do not drink caffeinated drinks because they will dehydrate and not hydrate you!
2. Fevers of 104/105 will not cause brain damage, and are not usually as bad as one would think. I had an ER doctor tell me if they haven't had a seizure from an almost 106' fever they more than likely won't have one. Do your best to keep them comfortable and hydrated, and if their fever lasts more than 6 days then it's time to bring them in to look further into the cause.
3. If motrin/ibprofin isn't bringing the fever down by itself try alternating Motrin and tylenol every 4 hours it is the only thing that brings down my kiddos fevers sometimes.
4. Dress child in lightweight clothing, and use a lightweight blanket or sheet to cover them. Overdressing/ over covering will trap the heat in and cause their fever to rise.
5. Lots of rest, when fever get high kids don't really want to do much other than rest anyway.
6. Do not bring your child out until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours before then they are more than likely still contagious. This is a courtesy to other moms who don't want their kids sick to we really do appreciate it :)
7. Extra snuggling time with mom and dad always makes little ones feel more comfortable, and a little happier to :) Enjoy it while you can because they grow up fast and won't want your cuddles anymore...
I would love to hear your tips on dealing with sick little ones!
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Labels: Family, Kids and Fevers