These kids are most definitely out to keep me from having any time on the computer (much less to spend mopping or sorting laundry or otherwise making my house NOT a disaster area).
Ada has had a fever for about 36 hours now. She has a runny nose and cough and is generally not her usual self. It’s kind of hard to tell with her if it’s food related or just a good ole’ cold or even teething. She reacted to a food last week, a new one or a crumb we didn’t see, but has no rash with this so I think she just caught a bug.
It’s annoying though. I feel like since January one of us is sick. It just rotates between me and the girls and then finally Payman. I’m cool with the cold weather, I’m just tired of us all having colds and am thus ready for warmer weather.
The first night she hit 103.4 and I had Payman call the doctor. Not because I believe fevers need to be treated. They generally don’t. I should have just read that link by Dr. Greene. It would have wasted less time. The body is simply doing its good work of protecting itself and getting rid of what’s ailing it.
But while that is true, it is also true that every fever reducer or pain reliever out there has corn in it. Ada has gotten a fever from one of her food allergies before, so giving her a fever med that has something she is allergic to…. eh, seems to be a no-win situation.
I don’t ever want to becaught at 3 a.m. with a kid whose fever is going above 104 or 105 and have nothing to give her because I didn’t plan ahead.
The call to the doctor’s answering service, a nurse, was so ridiculously useless. I just wanted to know when does the risk of the fever outweigh the benefit. At what temperature do I give her chemical junk she is allergic, to be exact.
When Payman old her “my daughter has a fever”, the nurse said “just give her tylenol.” Egh. We are so completely overmedicated in this society. No discussion (at first) of other symptoms, things to worry about, the degrees of the fever.
So he said she is allergic to corn and he said the phone just sat silent for a minute. It’s like that’s all our medical professionals have to offer. They don’t even know what else to say. No offer of natural ways to bring it down, suggestions for a compounding pharmacy, information about the usefulness or true dangers of fevers.
Give over the counter meds (which are full of chemicals and corns sugars and say to consult a doctor) and don’t worry about it.
She transferred us to Walgreens which was equally as useless. The clerk there said they had a dye-free one (which didn’t even answer if there was one with no corn syrup) and that we were just “out of luck” since it was berry flavored and she reacts to berries too.
So Ada’s still feverish but its almost gone. I’ve been doing the best thing for her… nursing around the clock and letting her rest.
I do need to find a compounding pharmacy though.