So I brought DS to the pedi today because he had a high fever last night following complaints of a sore throat this morning. We wanted to rule out strep. I saw the nurse practicioner (sp) who ripped me a new one because I only gave DS one dose of tylenol, instead of giving it every 4 hours to keep the fever down. I have always been of the mindset of letting a fever run its course and not to interfere unless it spikes fast and high. I always thought that fevers helped your body to heal and suppressing them would only make the sickness last longer. Maybe I'm wrong about that.
She told me that they always recommend to keep the fever down, as to keep the child comfortable, and ensure they will continue to drink liquids. I get her line of thinking, to keep the child hydrated, but to give tylenol ALWAYS? When I questioned her on this, she said, it doesn't matter if you give the tylenol or not, the body will still have the fever and the fever will still be doing its job. Is this true?
She also told me that I should be giving DS anything to keep him hydrated and consuming calories, including ice cream, sherbert, cool aid, junk etc. DS wasn't anywhere near being dehydrated today, he was just having a hard time getting water down because his throat hurt. He's drinking like a fish now, but I can't bring myself to give feel OK with giving his sick little body all that junk. Doesn't nutrition play a role in helping the body to get better? And doesn't sickness feed off of sugar?
I was blown away at the reeming I got, and here I thought I was doing the best thing for my child.
Edited by AprilM - 9/22/11 at 5:02pm