With three kids, I am no stranger to fevers – especially when it comes to my daughter Alice.
Ever since she was a baby, Alice has gotten high fevers. With temps often reaching 105,
I’ve learned a lot about how to handle Alice’s fevers over the past seven years.
Aside from my pediatrician, my most important tool in managing Alice’s fever is an accurate thermometer. So when Braun asked me to help parents feel prepared this flu season, I knew I would have no problem sharing my top tips – especially when Alice just so happened to have a little fever on the day I was taking pictures.
Talking to Moms about Fevers
In a recent survey conducted by Braun comparing behaviors and attitudes of 1,000 Gen X moms (currently aged 37-52) and Millennial moms (currently aged 20-36), when caring for their sick child, Braun found that 74 percent of Gen X and Millennial moms said they were either extremely or very concerned about fever for their children. Despite their generational differences, three out of four Gen X and Millennial moms list pediatric fever as their number one concern when caring for their sick children, far above other symptoms of illness, including vomiting, diarrhea, chills, coughing and headache.
Even after handling Alice’s high fevers for years, I still ride an emotional roller coaster every time I see her coming down with one. (And – yes – I can usually look at her eyes and know when one is coming.)
Apparently I’m not alone on that roller coaster. The Braun survey reveals all moms, regardless of their experience and age, ride an emotional rollercoaster when it comes to caring for their sick child, at first feeling nervous (64%), anxious (64%), and protective (93%) prior to taking their temperature.
Luckily, they also found that taking their kid’s temperature quickly eases those concerns by making them feel informed (67%), responsible (64%), prepared (59%) and in control (52%).
With all of this in mind, I’m sharing my best fever survival hacks. Kids are going to get sick. They’re going to get fevers (even if you bathe them in disinfectant and refuse to let them leave the house.) Here are my best tips for how to handle those fevers when they happen.
Know When to Call the Doctor
Let’s start right off by reminding everyone that I’m not a doctor. And I have zero business giving you medical advice. I’m simply sharing what works for our family. If your child has a fever, give your pediatrician a call to find out if you should make an appointment and/or offer over-the-counter medication.
Create a Quarantine
It used to be that when one of the kids got sick, we were all sick for weeks – passing those germs ’round and ’round the house. About a year ago, we started quarantining the sick child as quickly as possible.
Now, all sick kids remain in my bedroom. It’s not ideal for me and Even Steven, but it makes the most logical sense for our family. They have a television, their own bathroom to use, and no one else is allowed in (except us to take care of them of course.)
This has made a huge difference in keeping those germs from spreading between siblings. And it’s a great set up for us because if one of the kids is really sick (like when Simon had pneumonia last year), I can sleep with them to keep an eye on them throughout the night. And the other nights, Even Steven and I just sleep in the guest room.
Drink Up, Buttercup
When my kids come down with a fever, hydration is more important than ever. For Alice, I can entice her to drink by giving her a special glass and fun pinwheel straw.
The boys usually refuse to drink a thing, so I offer them popsicles instead. Whatever works to keep them as hydrated as possible!
Create a Fever Survival Bucket
When Alice gets a fever, I get out my fever survival bucket. It’s stocked with fun notebooks, coloring books and word games that only come out when she’s sick. One of her favorite dolls is there along with some chapstick and nose wipes.
I also include a Braun thermometer, plus there’s a spot for her to keep her water. This helps her easily keep track of everything when she’s quarantined in our room.
Speaking of Braun Thermometers…
We’ve been relying on Braun for the last nine years to help track and monitor our kids’ fevers. We used to always use the Braun ThermoScan® Ear Thermometer – especially when they were babies.
The Braun ThermoScan® Ear thermometer is the number one brand among pediatricians and moms. The ear canal is the best site to measure a fever because of its close proximity to the eardrum, which shares the blood supply of the brain’s temperature control center.
Now that the kids are getting older, we typically reach for the Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer.
The Braun No Touch + Forehead thermometer offers Braun’s fastest, most comfortable clinically accurate temperature reading. Innovative Braun technology captures twice as much body heat compared to traditional forehead products. With the confidence of Braun technology, parents can get the same professional accuracy whether gently touching their child’s forehead or from up to two inches away.
I especially like this one because when I have middle-of-the-night anxiety that one of the kids has a fever (or fear that their fever might be spiking again), I can quietly take their temp without ever waking them.
While gearing up for the winter season, be sure to get these Braun thermometers and all of your Winter wellness needs at Amazon.com. Find the Braun No Touch + Forehead thermometer here and the Braun ThermoScan® Ear thermometer here.
TRACK THE FEVER
You don’t have to have a special chart or printable to track your child’s fever – just grab a notebook and start writing down the times and temps. I also like to track when I call the doctor and what they said to help myself keep track.
If your child gets sick a lot, it might be best to track everything in the same notebook for easy reference at the doctor’s office.
Enter to Win!
For a chance to win two Braun thermometers and a $50 Amazon gift card to help round out your flu survival kit, please enter the giveaway widget and leave a comment below sharing how your family prepares for flu season.
One winner will receive the following:
$50 Amazon gift card
Braun ThermoScan Thermometer
Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun. The opinions and text are all mine.