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The Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Children’s Fevers

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Note: This guest post is by Dr. Alanna Levine, a pediatrician and mom of two children. She is partnering with Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, makers of Children’s Advil®, this cold and flu season on a fever education program.

With cold and flu season underway, many parents will have concerns when caring for their sick, feverish children. New national surveys of parents and pediatricians reveal that the actions many parents take to alleviate their child’s fever are not always in line with the most current recommendations made by doctors.  Recently, the makers of Children’s Advil® conducted two online surveys, one given to 1,000 parents to find out how they treated their children’s fevers and a follow-up survey given to 250 pediatricians on their views of parents’ misperceptions and where education was needed. Based on the “Dose of Reality” study, follow the advice below to treat your child’s fever in safe ways.


1) Dose based on weight. The preferred way to dose a children’s fever reducer is to dose based on your child’s weight, yet more than one-third of parents (36 percent) surveyed dose based on their child’s age. Follow the dosing instructions on the medicine label, but if your child’s age and weight don’t match up, follow the weight dose. If you don’t know your child’s weight, follow the age dose.

2) Use a long lasting fever-reducing medication. Remember that the main goal of giving your child a fever reducer is to make him more comfortable, not to bring the temperature down to normal.  It’s important to consider how long a medication will last. For example, products containing ibuprofen (like Children’s Advil®) provide up to eight hours of relief with just one dose.

3) Wait 24 hours after the fever breaks before sending a child back to school or daycare. More than half of the parents surveyed admitted to sending their child back to class less than 24 hours after the fever broke. Pediatricians advise that parents keep their child home from school or daycare until the she is fever-free for at least 24 hours.


1) Worry. Fever is the body’s normal response to an underlying infection and parents should talk to the pediatrician about the proper treatment.  Definitely call the doctor if: a child is under three months of age and has a fever of 100 degrees or more;  a child has a high fever over 103 degrees; or a child has had a persistent fever for more than a few days.

2) Give adult medication to a child. Nearly a quarter of the parents from the survey gave their child an adult over-the-counter medication and estimated the dose.  This is dangerous. Children are not mini-adults and should only be given medication that has been formulated for them, unless specifically advised by the pediatrician.

3) Wake a child at night just to give fever medication. Pediatricians believe that feverish children who are sleeping comfortably should not be awakened to take fever medication. Instead, close monitoring is a good idea and parents should always check with the pediatrician.

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Brandi Chastain Fights the Flu

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Chastain playing soccer with her son Jaden.Brandi Chastain, Olympic and World Cup champion soccer star and mother of two, gives tons of high-fives to kids’ germ-covered hands, so she knows the importance of washing hands when it comes to flu prevention. This year she’s one of the spokespeople for “When Will You Pick?” as in, which day you’ll pick to get your flu vaccination.

 When we spoke to Chastain, she talked about her own experience with the vaccine last year. She allowed her 3-year-old son (pictured with Mom on the right) to choose between the shot and the nasal spray version. In a not-shocking twist, he picked the spray. “I think giving him a choice kind of empowered him, like was taking care of fighting the germs,” Chastain says. However, not everyone is eligible to receive Flu-Mist. Click here for more information.

 Chastain keeps herself and her family healthy not only through vaccination, but also by teaching them healthy practices like sneezing into elbows, exercising regularly and eating nutritiously. They live by the motto “Grow big and strong.”

 This Saturday, Chastain will play her retirement game at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Proceeds from the game will benefit her Reach uP! Foundation, an organization that encourages healthy lifestyles for girls. Chastain invites you, our Goody Blog readers, to join in on the fun. Don’t forget to wash your hands before you give her that high-five!


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