I had to take my dd2 to the ER yesterday. She's almost 4 and is fully weaned, and my third child, so at least the bad advice printed on the discharge sheets didn't affect us, but I really want to write letters with references to refute the following wrong advice:
Under "General Information on a Fever":
1) Rest and drink plenty of fluids . . . Children less than one year old, for the first 12 to 24 hours, usually do best with:
A) diluted formula (mix one part "ready to drink" formula with one part water) or
B) Pedialyte. Pedialyte is a special salt solution for young children ("Gatorade for babies"). It can be found in the infant formula section of most grocery stores.
C) After 12 to 24 hours, breast milk or regular strength formula is usually best.
1) Does anyone have AAP, scientific paper references, etc. that I can use to write this letter? I.e. material that doctors and hospital administrators will actually pay attention to?
2) Which doctors and hospital administrators should receive a copy of this letter? I want to make sure it gets to the right people -- any BTDT experience?
BTW, this is all apparently boilerplate -- there's a (c) 2005 Wellsoft, Elsevier, Gold Standard notation at the bottom -- so I'm sure this is not the only hospital ER disseminating this nonsense!