The first time baby Malinda had fever I was clueless. I had never taken care of sick children in my life. She was warm and fussy, not acting like her cheerful, little self. "How high a temp was too high? How could I help her feel better? When would I know if it was an emergency?"
Dr. Leila Denmark, the world's most experienced pediatrician, helped me learn to diagnose, treat and defeat fevers.
Hi, I’m Madia. I have eleven children and one of the greatest privileges of my life was to know Dr. Leila Denmark. She practiced pediatrics for over 75 years and was my mentor for 32 years.
I can hardly express how much she helped me, both with the children’s medical issues and family life challenges. I would love to share what she taught me with you.
Fever can be frightening, but it's also a blessing. Fever is the body’s alarm system, alerting us to illness. There is hardly a child who never experiences a fever. Every mother needs to know how to diagnose and treat it.
Diagnosing a Fever
When a child is uncharacteristically fussy and warm to the touch, take his temperature with a thermometer. If you don't have a thermometer, pick one up at your local pharmacy. It's best to get a regular digital thermometer that measures oral, rectal and underarm temperature rather than ear or forehead thermometers.
While you are at the pharmacy, it would also be good to purchase a bottle of low dose (81mg) chewable aspirin.Aspirin does not cure a fever, but is a pain and feverreducer and is anti-inflammatory.Every home should be supplied with a thermometer and fever reducer. It helps your child feel better while his body is fighting an illness.