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Apr 14, 2011


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As far as fever goes, it's not always the number on the thermometer that matters, but the way the child is acting. If the thermometer reads 100, but they are lethargic and not acting normal, it might be a more serious fever than if the thermometer read 104 and they are active. Also, it's important to note that a fever is the body's way of fighting off infection. So giving Motrin/Tylenol shouldn't always be the first line of action. Talk to your doctor about what would work best for your kid.


While I'm new to baby bunching, with a 7 week old and a 21 month old, I've been a doctor for 13 years. I specialize in treating without medication. You are exactly right about the fever. It is not as much a sign if how sick your child is, but how hard their immune system is working to fight off the illness. Also, viruses tend to cause higher fevers than bacterial infections, so antibiotics for a very high fever are typically useless!

That said, there's never anything wrong with getting reassurance if you are unsure about an illness. I do have a few parents though, who just don't accept the fact that watchful waiting, good nutrition an hydration are all that's necessary. For them, I'm sure there are plenty of other docs who are happy to give them something!


I have a small bone to pick with #3...we were told the same thing, by a doc here in the US, for my now-2 yr old, who got ear infections EVERY time she got a tooth. My super-smart Ped was the one who told us that they'd probably stop when teething did (he was right) and that unless they continued into age 3 tubes weren't warranted. HOWEVER...the information you were given in Europe is another incidence of misinformation by necessity. Its true, in Europe (and I'm sure elsewhere in the world, owing to causes other than what I'm about to go over, like availability of antibiotics) they have begun recommending that children do not receive antibiotics for most, if not all ear infections. The however part is that they do this because antibiotics were SO overprescribed/readily available in Europe throughout the past 20ish years. The accessibility of health care (and the relative price of medical/rx) helped this along, and now they have MUCH higher rates of drug-resistant infections like MRSA. The only way to begin to bring MRSA-like problems under control is to reduce the type, and amount of antibiotics, in the general population so that in years to come the infection will have mutated to once again react to the antibiotics. Thus, for "low grade" infections, like ear infections, they're taking away antibiotics- not because its the best course of treatment for the child, but because its the only way they can control life-threatening things for sicker patients.

There are several news articles out there from the past several years (i'll repost when I have time to look for them) about this issue, but my information came from my two Doctors Without Borders friends, a family friend doc in Norway, and an RN (equivalent) in France when we got ear infection #7 while on vacation.

So if your doc tells you its the newest treatment and what they're doing in Europe, well, he's right, but they're not doing it because its the best course of action for the child, but because its the only course of action they have for much sicker/more susceptible patients....at least based on the info I was given by some "in the know" friends.


Here's a couple of those links:




I definitely agree with the comment about how important it is to observe how your child is acting if s/he has a fever. My son had a fever-induced seizure last summer with a fever around 103 and I had to call an ambulance (and we never found the cause for the fever, either). It all depends on the kid. If they're acting loopy, take 'em to the doc!


There are also Dentist for children ranging from one year old to twelve. Let's start them young on oral hygiene.

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