Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Managing Kids' Fevers and Medicine Doses

We've had bouts with fevers this winter/spring, and, with multiple children needing various dosages of medicine at various times, we've started a new habit I highly recommend:

We keep a stack of blank index cards and a pen with the Tylenol and Motrin. As soon as a child starts running a fever and needs some medicine, I write down the time, dose, and which medicine was given. This is especially helpful if my husband and I are taking turns in the middle of the night; each of knows exactly what was given the previous round. Since you can alternate medicines like Tylenol and Motrin, this ensures we don't double up on one accidentally. It also helps my husband keep straight the various dosages. We also include what the fever was at the time the medicine was given. Then, if you have to call the doctor, you have all the relevant information written down instead of floating around in the Mommy Brain Vortex/Black Hole!

We also try to give medicine to all three kids at the same time. For instance, say Twin A is running a fever, Twin B is mighty cranky (and since they share eating utensils, it's only a matter of time before the fever descends), and Toddler is wanting to go to bed instead of eating dinner. I just give them all Tylenol at the same time so that we're on the same schedule.

1 comment:

Bridgette Boudreaux said...

The index card idea is the best idea ever! Ethan started running fever last Saturday night and when I finally got him in to see the doctor on Monday I just handed the nurse his card. It had the date, time, temp., dose, and name of medication on it for every time he was dosed. It was so great not to have to stand there and say, "um, I think it was around this time" or "I think it was around 99.5", etc. Thanks so much for this tip! I'm sure I'll use it for years to come.