My little girl complained 2 days ago about aches in her leg. I dismissed it, but when she showed no desire to eat anything and demonstrated a sluggish behavior, I looked more carefully at her. Her chicks were slightly more reddish than usual and her eyes seemed tired and reddish as well. My wife checked her forehead and indeed, she was running a fever. She did not complain much or showed any signs of distress but was very tired. It was already bed time, so we put her in bed and waited to see what will happen in the morning.
During the night she cried twice and the second time, my wife decided to check her temperature. It climbed all the way to 103 and so my wife decided she had to see a doctor. When I woke up later on, I found her in front of the computer struggling to find a pediatrician that is open on Saturdays. I asked her what is so urgent that our girl needs to see a doctor on the weekend. After all, kids do tend to develop very high fever almost instantly but with our kids, in most cases it goes away within 24 hours. My wife replied that she is afraid my little girl might have caught the notorious H1N1 virus.
Now, my wife is not over protective, but her motherly instincts to protect her child at all costs, sometimes blind her. I saw no real reason in sending our girl to the doctor and explained why I think we should not.
First and foremost, my kids eat healthy foods and are very active. Compared to other kids in their classes, they are hardly ever sick and I contribute that to the way we raise them. I believe that their immune systems are much better than other kids who are mal nourished. And so, if there was an H1N1 outbreak in day care, I would suspect that other kids would have gotten it b now and we would have heard about it already.
Secondly, my little girl did not show any signs that can indicate an H1N1 infection. After all H1N is a type of flu, and I would expect her to show a runny nose, coughing, problem breathing and overall fatigue kind of feeling. She showed none of the above.
Lastly, in the area that we live in, there is outbreak of H1N1 and so the likelihood of her catching it is slim to none,
Armed with these arguments I was able to calm down my wife. As son as my little girl woke up we checked her temperature and indeed, it already dropped to 101.5. We asked her if she was sick and hurting anywhere and the reply was negative. We continued with our routine daily chores which included playing outside and going to the store. In the evening we checked her temperature again and it dropped again under 100.
Today she woke up and is completely healthy. I suspect that some kid of a virus attacked her system and her immune system fought back and won.
My point, with this lengthy post, is that there is no reason to rush a kid to the hospital for any or every minor ache or scratch. Kids do have after all an immune system and if that system is given the proper nourishment and boosts, in most cases, kids will overcome that minor illness with no need of medication.