Cool Bath for Fever
A cool bath can help reduce a fever. Make sure the water is
not too cold as a sudden drop in body temperature, especially
in children, can cause a seizure.
Definition of a
A fever is defined as a rise in body temperature to 100
degrees or more orally. Do not administer fever reducing
medications for temperatures of less than 100 degrees.
Fever and Teething -
It's a Myth
A common myth is that a baby will run a fever when teething.
(Keep in mind that a fever is a temperature of 101 degrees or
When children are achy and fussy with fevers, besides giving
them an over-the-counter medicine, there are other ways you
can help them feel better.
Give your child plenty to
drink to prevent dehydration and help the body cool itself.
Keep the room temperature at about 70 to 74 degrees.
Dress your child in light cotton pajamas so that body heat can
If your child is chilled, add an extra blanket, but remove it
when the chill stops.
Ibuprofen as Fever
Ibuprofen (Motrin) is a better fever reducer than
acetaminophen (Tylenol). Only administer for oral temperatures
over 100 degrees.
No Aspirin for Fever
DO NOT give children aspirin products as a fever reducer. The
use of aspirin in children is associated with the often fatal
condition Reye's Syndrome.
Pediatrics - General
Baking Soda as
Baking soda is better than talcum powder to use on babies. It
keeps them drier.
If your child has diarrhea, try the BRAT diet to prevent
dehydration and help solidify bodily waste. BRAT stands for
Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Tea.
Burp the Colicky
Some colicky babies have more than the usual amount of gas and
may be more difficult to burp. Feed the baby in an upright
position and burp after every ounce, if bottle-feeding. You
can also experiment with different nipple types.
Children with Motion
Adapt the environment to meet the needs of a disabled child.
Consider the texture and fabric to avoid buying clothes that
further restrict movements. Try using an inflatable baby pool
with towels stacked as pillows for support. This can provide
your child with freedom and independence.
Children's Eyes Need
Protection from Sun's Rays
Nearly half of American parents don't regularly provide their
children with sunglasses that protect their eyes from the
sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. And that oversight is setting the
kids up for potential vision problems later in life. The sun
is as much a threat to your eyes as it is to your skin.
Sunburned corneas, cancer of the eyelid, cataracts and macular
degeneration are among the eye problems caused or aggravated
by too much UV exposure.
All babies fuss and cry from time to time, but some babies cry
excessively. Maybe they have gas, maybe they are in pain,
maybe they are hungry. Or maybe they are developing allergies
If your baby has colic, try the colic carry. Extend your
forearm with your palm up. Then place the baby, chest down, on
your arm with his head in your hand and his legs on either
side of your elbow. Support the baby with your other hand and
walk around to help soothe him.
Diaper Rash Tips
Give the baby's bottom as much air as possible.
Don't dry the affected area with a towel. It can irritate the
skin even more. Blow dry your baby's bottom with a blow dryer
set on low. Be very careful!
Use super absorbent diapers.
If you use cloth diapers, add vinegar to the final rinse - 1
ounce of vinegar to 1 gallon of water.
For older babies, give 2 to 3 ounces of cranberry juice which
will lower urinary pH and reduce irritation.
Traumatize a Child
A stint in the hospital can traumatize a child for months.
Caretakers need to focus more attention on the psychological
impact of hospitalization. Psychological support services are
Infant Walkers Delay
A new study adds to growing evidence that baby walkers can
slow infants' motor skill development, delaying such
milestones as crawling, standing alone and walking.
Infant walkers are wheeled seats that allow a baby's feet to
touch the floor and move the walker around. The seat is
surrounded by a frame, and many parents have seen the walkers
as a safe way for infants to develop movement skills.
But recent research has indicated the devices are neither safe
nor useful for encouraging walking and other skills. In fact,
serious injuries--usually due to falls down stairs--have been
reported, and studies have suggested walkers actually hinder
babies' motor skill development. Last year, the American
Academy of Pediatrics called for a ban on mobile infant
walkers in the US.
1. To prevent strangulation, no ribbon, string, cord, or yarn
should be attached to a pacifier.
2. The shield should be large enough and firm enough to not
fit in a child's mouth.
3. The guard or shield should have ventilation holes so the
baby can breath if the shield does get into the mouth.
4. The pacifier nipple should have no holes or tears that
might cause it to break off in baby's mouth.
Visitor tip: When my son was a baby he got heat rash on his
little face, my doctor told me to sprinkle baking soda on his
sheets because it would keep him from lying in his drool. It
Sprinkle a little baking soda into the sleeper feet of
children’s pajamas after they come out of the dryer to avoid
Spanking Does More
Harm Than Good
While spanking may make children more compliant, it can also
lead to very negative behaviors including aggression, defiance
Put sunburned kids (or yourself) in a cool (not cold) baking
soda bath for half an hour. This also works well for chicken
pox and mosquito bites.
Wrap a piece of cold apple in a moistened, baby-size washcloth
and use this as a substitute for the usual teething ring. Your
baby is more likely to chew on the apple than a tasteless
What Parents Can Do
to Prevent Sports Injuries
Since the majority of youth sports coaches are not required by
their club or league to have any type of safety training, you
Learn about the safety risks
of the sport your child plays. You may have heard the ad
slogan "An educated consumer is our best customer." It applies
to sports programs as much as to buying clothes or furniture.
Parents who are aware of the risks of the sport their child
plays can do a lot to minimize its hazards.
Lobby local youth sports
groups to make training available and require that all coaches
participate and complete the programs in order to coach.
Insist that the training for
all youth coaches cover three areas: sport-specific first aid,
CPR, and skill development, with an emphasis on coaching safe
playing techniques (such as the proper way to head a soccer
What to Do When
You're Overwhelmed with Child Care
When you're overwhelmed with child care, make sure the child
is safe, then try one or more of the following:
Call a friend, family member
or babysitter to watch your child so that you can have some
time to yourself.
Take several deep breaths.
Close your eyes and put yourself in your child's place.
Slowly count to 100.
Splash water on your face.
Call a help line such as Parents Anonymous.
Hug a pillow.
Get a drink of water.
Go for a walk.
Write down as many helpful, positive words as you can think
of. Save the list.
Try to remember all the times you have been proud of this
Change the situation: do a different activity with the child.
After calming down, compliment yourself on being a great