Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fever, Schmever



Marguerite has fever. It started yesterday around noon time (or at least that's when I first noticed and took her temp) and has been around since then. It's pretty stable, not going up or down, temperature-wise. I normally try not fret when Marguerite gets a fever since that's an indication that her body is doing what it's supposed to in fighting an infection. However, she's normally so healthy and hardly ever gets sick that I can't help but... well, fret. I think the last time she had fever like this was when she was just over a year old and cutting a few teeth all at once (remember the feverless chicken pox episode?). Which brings us to the reason why she has this fever. She is cutting molars, if you want to know (we've been waiting for the final four actually). However, she has also been playing with other kids, so we can't rule a viral infection out. Either way, I'm dealing with the fever by giving her lots of fluids (she has no appetite anyway) and lots of cuddles. I know I'm a bit obsessive about monitoring her temp so I've made a little game out of it (left or right armpit? how many Benjamin Bunnys - or Peter Rabbits or Tom Kittens - until the beep beep beep? then I let her read the numbers). I also used the Kool Fever gel tape on her forehead last night because it did seem to give her some cooling relief. She complained whenever it got dislodged. I also dab at her forehead, neck, wrists, etc. with a damp washcloth as I read somewhere that this is preferable to the gel strip because of the water evaporation factor. I'm sticking to these methods and perhaps escalating to herbs if it doesn't go away soon. I'll probably bring her to the pedi first before I give her drugs, and only if she prescribes them.
Btw, these are my photoblog entries for today and yesterday.

5 comments:

The Darkest Night said...

I hope she gets better really soon!! *hugs*

spinninglovelydays said...

Thanks, Annika :)

Maria@Conversations with Moms said...

It can be very draining with a sick child. Hope she feels better soon.

The Snappy Sparrow said...

your welcome :)

spinninglovelydays said...

Thanks, Maria :)