By Bethany Phippen
March 12, 2010
My concern is still with the infant/toddler outside on the mothers shoulders in a diaper while around 6 adults are dressed warmly standing around outside talking. First off, it doesn't sound like the child was sick. I know when my kids are sick, they are clingly. A clingly child wants to be in your arms, not on your shoulders playing. I have actually done a little bit of research just so I can make sure I get the facts straight. I called Callisto Pediatric Clinic and spoke with a nurse there and informed her that my child wasn't sick, I was just doing a little bit of research for a Sitnews debate that was going on. She said that although remedies are being changed everyday, you do NOT take your feverish child outside in just a diaper. Taking them outside in the cold actually makes them shiver, which in turn causes the core temp to rise and could cause the fever to spike even more. When the core temp rises, it could cause damage to the child. They do not recommend alternating tylenol and ibuprophen anymore, it has been proven that they do not work as well together as it had been originally thought. The luke warm bath is what they do still recommend, but you don't want the water cool enough that the child shivers.
They get their new information
off of the American Academy of Pediatrics whose website is www.aap.org
They go off of the "Gold Standard". As for the KGH
ER, I don't know that I trust them. When my child received shots
in October, His temp went up to 104.9. I figured it was just
a reaction to getting the H1N1, the seasonal flu and 2 vaccines.
I called the ER after doing everything that I usually do. Alternating
the tylenol and ibuprophen, giving him an hour long luke warm
bath and him doing a lot of sitting in my arms because he was
clinging to me. The ER nurse asked me what I was doing for the
fever and I told her, she told me I was doing everything right,
and not to worry about bringing him in until his temp reached
107! 107???? I have NEVER heard of waiting that long. I have
always been told 104-105 TOPS. That is the highest temp I have
ever seen on either of my children, so yes, I was spooked by
it. By the next morning his temp had went down and he was feeling
Received March 11, 2009 - Published March 12, 2010
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