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Barack Levin

Author: Barack Levin

102 Fever

Posted by Barack Levin on 2nd October 2011

My girl (5) came home 4 days ago complaining about a sore throat. Complaining may not be the right word here, because complaining when associated with kids’ illnesses usually means crying, fatigue and annoyance. She was more like reporting that her throat hurts sometimes when she ate or when she sneezed. My wife checked her temperature and she had a 100 degrees. My wife ran to the medicine cabinet to give her something to lower her fever. I stopped her on her way. “Why?” I asked. “Because your daughter has fever”, my wife replied. “And?” I asked. My wife looked at me her not wanting to understand what I meant by that and I continued. “She is not complaining on everything. She looks perfectly normal. She acts perfectly normal so why load her up with drugs. Let her natural defenses take care of this virus. Nothing will happen to her if she fights it”. My wife thought about it and agreed.

My girl seemed to be fine and went to school the next day. She came back home, again not complaining but only reporting about the same symptoms. My wife checked her fever. It was 102. My wife became nervous and decided it was strep throat and that she had to be taken to the doctor’s office. “How do you know?” I asked. “She complains her throat and she has high fever. This is strep.” “Well Dr. Mom”, I replied, “I understand your concern but this might not be strep. 102 for a child is not considered high fever, besides she does not complain at all. She looks perfectly fine, but I promise you that if this thing does not go away, I will personally take her to the doctor’s office tomorrow”. Since my girl did complain about headaches, we gave her something for that and she went to sleep. Towards the morning she coughed hard and we eased her up with some coughing syrup.

She woke up in the morning. Fully rested and the virus was all gone. Personally, I think that we over medicate our kids, we over protect them from everything and o not let their immune system to develop correctly. Not every fever or cough requires a trip to the doctor’s office.

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Fever

Posted by Barack Levin on 31st August 2010

If you read my blog and my book you know how much I am against giving kids unnecessary medication. I will never prevent medical treatment from my kids but I refuse to run to the pharmacy every time they sneeze. 

My son came home complaining. We checked him up, he was hot. We took the temperature and it was 102. He was complaining and I asked him (he is 6 now) right up front: “Is the pain so unbearable that you need medication?” He nodded and off he went. I already know him and he knows me. If he thought he could cope with the pain he would have told me so.

The next day, again high fever, 102, but this time was different. I asked him again: ““Is the pain so unbearable that you need medication?” he looked at me, thought for a second and said “No. I do not need any yet”. “If you feel bad, all you need to do is let me know and I will give you some pain killer” I said. He nodded but did not take anything that day.

Today, 2 days after the initial fever he still has some fever. It dropped down to 100. Same thing as before and again he does not need any medication.

And the funny thing is that he is not complaining or feeling down. He is of course not himself, his eyes sparkle and he is slower than usual, but still acts normally. I already told him that if tomorrow his fever does not go down I will take him to the doctor. After all I do not want him to suffer or get worst, but my point is very simple. Talk to your kids – explain to them what you expect from them, lean them a hearing ear. They want your attention and will cooperate with you. They know how they feel so why not ask. If you have good relation with them – they will be honest.

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