Moms, we're doing it wrong! According to a new survey -- let's bring the dads into this conversation, too -- we parents are treating our kids' fevers the wrong way. There's a big disconnect between how we think we should be treating a fever and what pediatricians actually recommend.
The makers of Advil® sponsored a survey that talked with 1,026 parents of children ages 12 years and younger and over 250 pediatricians nationwide. They found out that half of us (52 percent) feel anxious, fearful, and helpless when our kids get a fever. And almost all (94 percent) pediatricians think we need to be better educated about how to handle those panic-inducing fevers. Wouldn't it be great if you knew EXACTLY what to do about your child's next fever? Read on to see if you're treating your kids' fevers right.
Ugh, some of this sounds familiar. You know how it is. Isn't it always in the middle of the night when your child wakes up with a fever? And you fumble to the medicine cabinet and make your best guess -- oops, out of children's meds again. And forget calling your pediatrician at 2:00 a.m.! The next day the fever is gone and you're faced with a tough choice: Play it safe and take a day off of work to stay home with your child, or send her back to daycare because she seems fine?
Here's what Advil and pediatrician Dr. Alanna Levine recommend.
So today might be a good day to check those medicine cabinets, right? You can find more information about treating fevers at ChildrensAdvil.com. But because every kid is different, it's probably also a good idea to talk with your pediatrician during the next check-up to see what they recommend. Okay, so you're not going to panic now the next time your child has a fever, right? Me too!
How do you compare with the survey? Are you confident about how you treat your kids' fevers?
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