When it’s four in the morning and your little one has spiked a fever of 101, it’s normal to try all of the usual lukewarm baths, cold cloths, medicine and different types of home remedies. No one likes to see their child feeling sick and it’s difficult to go through. You should of course, try calling your doctors office’s after hours call service. Most physicians will have a 24 hour answering service that you can call to make sure that you are doing the right thing. On top of that, here are some ways to help your little one get better as quickly as possible.
Call your doctor’s office.
With something like a low grade fever, you don’t necessarily need to rush to the emergency room. However, if there are other symptoms or you are unsure of what to do, your doctor’s office should have a business answering service that you can call at any time of the night and reach the on call triage nurse or doctor. They will be able to advice you on what to do, depending on your situation. The best thing to do is follow their advice and try not to worry. Kids get sick, that’s just the way it is and it is nothing that you have done wrong. It’s the only way that they are going to build their immune system for when they are older. If you need to make an appointment for the following day, it might be a good idea just to have the doctor look them over. If for nothing else, it’ll help to give you peace of mind.
Take care of yourself.
This might sound a little strange. If your little boy or girl is not feeling well, how will taking care of yourself be helpful and not selfish instead? Well, children glean from their parents emotions and feelings and stress levels. If you are not well rested and functioning 100% yourself, your child will catch on to that and will end up making themselves feel worse because they are subconsciously focused on how you are feeling. As with any business answering service, when you call your doctor’s office, you are likely to reach an operator who will have the necessary personnel call you back. The best thing that you can do while you are waiting for their call back is to sleep. Your child needs sleep and so do you. If you choose to stay with your child that is perfectly alright. Once they see you resting, they may settle down and try to rest themselves which is the best thing for them, sometimes.
This is the absolute worst thing that you can do. As mentioned, children will follow suit when it comes to your emotions and if you start freaking out, they will think that they are in some kind of dire danger and will begin to stress themselves. This weakens their immune system and causes them to feel worse and possibly even counteract any medicines that were beginning to help. Emotions are a powerful factor when it comes to healing and negative emotions, feelings and thoughts are the mortal enemy of getting better. A child must remain calm, positive and in control even when they are feeling sick. The only way they can do this, is if you are portraying those feelings.
Note the symptoms.
If you think that the symptoms are getting worse or not responding, you may need to call your doctor’s business answering services again and see what they think. If the fever is getting higher, your child may be in danger or dehydration because many sick children do not want to drink or eat. At this point, you may need to take your child to the emergency room in order to get an IV of fluids. Whatever the case may be, track the symptoms and this will help you determine a course of action.
Never be afraid to all your doctor’s business answering service again and again. They are there to guide you and help you and will not fault you for how many times you call. It’s better to be safe than sorry.