Avoiding Spring Fever with FeverAll
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Spring is finally here and just when you think its okay to indulge in a little sunshine and outdoor activities, your little one is hit with spring fever. Of course no one plans to get sick, but when it comes to babies + toddlers it’s always better to be prepared! I like to keep our medicine cabinet stocked with everything we might need in the event of a cold, including FeverAll® Infants’ Strength Acetaminophen Suppositories. In the event of a case of Hand Foot Mouth or a stomach bug, it can be difficult to administer medication orally, so having another option for pain relief can be a lifesaver.
Acetaminophen + Fever
Acetaminophen is one of the most recommended non-prescription medications by healthcare professionals for temporary fever reduction and pain relief for infants and children, so we always have a few different options on hand. FeverAll® is the only brand of acetaminophen in suppository form and is available for children as young as six months.
I am extremely picky when it comes to medications for our family. FeverAll® contains fewer inactive ingredients than other infants’ fever reducers and has no parabens, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or preservatives. Plus, FeverAll® has been on the market for over 30 years, so I feel confident that I’m giving Brody and Isla the best care when I use their products.
I know it might be a little scary to administer a suppository to your little one, but it’s perfectly safe and ensures that you’re providing the correct dosage of acetaminophen each time. If you have any questions about using suppositories or about your child’s fever, always call your pediatrician.
Hot or Not
Just because your baby feels warm doesn’t mean they have a fever. In fact, did you know that infants can only sweat out of their foreheads at first? Crazy! Before you give any sort of medication always check your baby’s temperature with a thermometer. If you want the most accurate reading, you’ll definitely want to use a rectal thermometer – motherhood is so glamorous.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, anything under 100.4 is not considered a true fever, so if the temperature reads below that it’s best to wait before giving any sort of medication. However, if you are concerned or your baby is younger than six months, you call your pediatrician with any questions.
Staying One Step Ahead
Fever is nothing to worry about – your baby’s body is doing its job and fighting off infection! However, that little factoid does nothing to improve the mood of a fever-ridden cranky toddler. You can help your little one through the pain with a few distractions and tips:
Hydrate | When fever is involved, it’s easy to become overheated and dehydrated. Make sure your infant or toddler is consuming plenty of liquids like water, milk, or breastmilk. When its age appropriate, you can also add a bit of Pedialyte in the mix to replenish electrolytes.
Lay low for the day | It’s easy for a sick baby to wear themselves out and become even crankier! If you’re dealing with fever but still need to entertain your toddler, try engaging them in a low stress activity like reading or playing with small toys in a blanket fort. They’ll certainly appreciate the extra attention!
Keep your cool – literally | When your baby has fever, their little body can feel pretty toasty. Help keep them cool by applying a cold rag or compress to their forehead and keep clothing to a minimum when appropriate. This is also a great opportunity for some skin-to-skin contact which can be soothing for the both of you.
No food? No problem | A tell-tale sign of sickness is the refusal to eat. Distract your little guy or gal by making homemade popsicles together! Not only will it give you an activity to work on together, but they’ll also appreciate the cool treat. Or hey, pick up a box on your grocery run – survival comes in all forms, momma.
So now that you’re feeling footloose and fever-ready, make sure you’re stocked up on medications before fever strikes! FeverAll® is available at your local Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart stores. For more information on FeverAll® and current coupon offers, visit www.FeverAll.com . You can also follow FeverAll on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for more tips, ticks and ideas.
Need even more inspiration? Check out the series of FeverAll® Hot Topic videos featuring pediatric nurse practitioner, mom of two, and member of the Mommy MD Guides team Megan Jolin.