The flu is NO FUN.
For our kids.
And it’s really easy to get caught up in the stress of it all and let it overwhelm you, especially when your child is sick. We feel helpless and totally unequipped to to heal what ails them.
But Children’s Advil is here to help.
As parents, we can heal our children with just a touch. We can’t take their flu upon ourselves to alleviate their discomfort. But what we can do is make sure we make them as comfortable as possible. A little TLC goes a long way.
But when it comes to treating a fever, parents do not always know how to manage a fever properly.
A study done by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Children’s Advil, conducted a study of parents and doctors across the US and found that more than half of parents reported feeling anxious, helpless and fearful when their child had a fever. Among those findings they also learned that parents often make a number of mistakes when dealing with a fever.
Children’s Advil® “Dose of Reality” Survey Highlights
- More than half of parents (52 percent) have sent their kids back to school or daycare less than 24 hours after their fever passed.
- Nearly a quarter of parents (23 percent) admit to giving their child an adult over-the-counter medication at a lower dose to treat their fevers.
- More than half of parents (52 percent) report waking their sick child up in the middle of the night just to give them fever medicine.
- More than one third of parents (36 percent) base their dose on age rather than weight, which is the preferred method by doctors.
Children’s Advil has provided some tips to help educate parents on the common misconceptions and the best practices for dealing with the inevitable fevers that come along.
To help alleviate anxiety.
To help reduce the feeling of helplessness.
To help eliminate the fear.
Fever Relief Tips
To help better prepare for fevers during cold and flu season, Dr. Alanna Levine and the makers of Children’s Advil® recommend the following tips to parents:
- Stay Cool: Remember that most fevers are in fact indicators that the body is fighting an underlying illness.
- Be Prepared: Start the season by talking to a pediatrician about proper fever management. Also, check the medicine cabinet to ensure that all medications have not expired or been recalled.
- Watch for Serious Signs: Generally, it’s time to call a pediatrician:
- if your child is less than three months old and has a fever of 100 degrees or higher;
- if the fever is over 103 degrees, no matter what the child’s age;
- if the fever lasts more than three days;
- if your child has a fever and looks and acts very sick;
- if you are concerned regarding your child’s health.
- Long Lasting Relief: When choosing a fever medication, be sure to consider how long the medication will last. Children’s Advil®®, which contains ibuprofen, provides up to 8-hours of relief with one dose.
In order to help spread the word about the survey and educate parents about proper usage of fever medication, Advil sent me a care package so I can provide a little tlc in the event my kids come down with a fever.
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