This article is sponsored by FeverAll, but the experiences are all mine
With the weather changes the temperatures are starting to drop, and that means that the season of flu and fever is here. While my older kids can spend a day in front of the TV while being sick, the situation with a baby is entirely different. Having a sick baby is never fun! And when it comes to babies and toddlers it is also scary because you don’t know if it is the common cold or something more serious. Did you know that it is common for babies to catch a cold 7-12 times a year?! Some symptoms of a cold is a fever, cough, sneezing, red eyes, runny nose, restlessness, nasal congestion, and difficulty going to sleep.
Do you know what else I hate? The fact that it is hard to get a consistent temperature reading from an unhappy baby and the fact that the treatment options are extremely limited. Is there a workaround to this problem? Let’s talk today about how we can get fever ready!
Why Should You Be Ready?
At the end of the day it is your choice, but in my experience most of the time my kids would wake up crying in the middle of the night? Perfect time to go to the pharmacy? Maybe not. Get the supplies together and have them all ready to go.
How Do You Know That Your Child is Sick?
Just because your child feels warm doesn’t mean they have a fever. Often parents overdress babies, even in colder weather, which can make them hot and fussy. Always confirm the temperature before giving your child any fever-reducing medication. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, fever in babies begins at 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
It seems as the thermometers these days are getting fancier and more expensive while the reading gets more and more inconsistent – scan your child’s forehead five times – get five different readings (Urgh!). However, know that a digital rectal thermometer will provide the most accurate reading of a baby’s temperature.
Children handle fever differently (each of my three children behaves completely different) – pay attention to how your child acts. Contact your pediatrician with any questions about your kids’ sickies, particularly if your child is younger than six months of age.
Make sure you have acetaminophen in both liquid and suppository forms on-hand for the cold/flu season. In the event your child is unable or unwilling to swallow oral medication, an acetaminophen suppository is a safe alternative to the liquid form and always provides an accurate dose with no mess.
Suppository might also be a good fit when your little one is too young for over the counter cold and flu medication.
Acetaminophen is one of the most recommended nonprescription medications by healthcare professionals – including pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners – for temporary fever reduction and relief of minor aches and pain in infants and children. FeverAll® is the only national brand of acetaminophen in suppository form and is available in three strengths for children from 6 months to 12 years of age.
FeverAll® Infants’ Strength Suppositories (80 mg of acetaminophen) is the only acetaminophen product available with dosage instructions for children as young as six months of age.
How Else Can you Help?
I know the helpless feeling way too well, but there are still a few things you can do. Here are a few other ways you can help your sick baby:
- Facial massage – An excellent way to relieve some pressure for nasal blockage for your child is to give them a gentle massage.
- Breastfeed as often as you can – breastfeeding would help keep your child hydrated. Breastmilk has tons of antibodies that also help cure their cold. You can also put breastmilk in their nose or eyes to help clear up the infection.
- Use a humidifier – steamy air will help clear out their nasal congestion.
- Use a nasal suction to clear nasal passages
- Take your baby outside into the fresh air to reduce the swelling and ease your baby’s congestion.
Check out FeverAll for more information and current offers. Also join their Facebook community, their Instagram community, and see their series of FeverAll® Hot Topic videos featuring pediatric nurse practitioner, mom of two, and a member of the Mommy MD Guides team Megan Jolin. FeverAll is a Mommy MD Guides recommended product. Look for FeverAll in your local Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart stores.
Use FeverAll® only as directed. If you have specific questions about fever, acetaminophen or using FeverAll, speak with your child’s pediatrician. FeverAll Acetaminophen Suppositories are available at major retailers and drugstores across the U.S, such as Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens. For more information and current offers, visit www.FeverAll.com.
This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of FeverAll® Acetaminophen Suppositories. The opinions and text are all mine.