Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hot Children

I seem to be going to a lot of children recently that are hotter than normal for a number of reasons.

What worries me is the fact that the parents don't do anything about it and leave it to us.

The following steps would make these children more comfortable and reduce the temperature;

1. Turn the heating down - the number of flats and houses that - I have gone to houses and flats where the temperature is so high, you start sweating as soon as you get through the door.

2. Strip the baby down to the nappy - Most of them have been wrapped up as if they were eskimos in a snow storm. Surely if you are hot, you take off a layer of clothes so why not do this for the baby?

3. Give them Calpol - Given on a four hourly basis this can reduce the temperature down towards the normal.

4. See the GP - This will mean that you won't have to spend hours in A&E with the child in the middle of the night.

Why does common sense leave so many parents?

1 Comments:

At 9:00 pm, Blogger flateric said...

Yes but you forget many parents dont understand the mechanism of a fever.
Child feels cold, parents wrap up and turn up the heat, child gets hotter!
The other extreme is realising the impending fever and dunking child in warm or sometimes cold water.
NHSD recommend using an alternating regime of calpol and nurofen at a 3 hour interval,
The problem with giving calpol every 4 hours is you give your 24hour dose by the 16th hour, leaving many parents thinking, "oh Shit" we cant give any more. This is especially true at night when all the calpol has been given during the day, leaving nothing to give overnight when fever is often higher.
given every 6 hours, espesially when combined with nurofen, will control most fevers.

 

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