With cold and flu season also comes fever season, and across the country, parents will experience anxiety levels that rise in tandem with their children's temperatures. In fact, more than half of parents report feeling anxious, fearful or helpless when their child comes down with a fever, according to the recent "Dose of Reality" survey by the makers of Children's Advil.

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With cold and flu season also comes fever season, and across the country, parents will experience anxiety levels that rise in tandem with their children's temperatures. In fact, more than half of parents report feeling anxious, fearful or helpless when their child comes down with a fever, according to the recent "Dose of Reality" survey by the makers of Children's Advil.


In addition to their concern, many parents also seem unaware of the proper ways to deal with their child's fever. In fact, in the survey of more than 1,000 parents of children younger than 12, more than half said they have sent their child back to school or daycare less than 24 hours after a fever passed, and nearly a quarter admitted to giving their children an adult over-the-counter medication at an estimated lower dose to treat a fever.


"Even some of the most seasoned parents worry about fever," says Dr. Alanna Levine, a nationally recognized pediatrician, mother of two and spokeswoman for Children's Advil. "It's the most common reason I'm paged after office hours. I like to reassure parents with 'fever phobia' that fever is their friend."


Levine has partnered with Children's Advil this cold and flu season to offer parents some helpful advice for proper management of their child's fever:


- Stay cool. Remember that most fevers indicate that the body is fighting an underlying illness.


- Be prepared. Talk to your pediatrician about fever at the start of cold and flu season, and ask for information on proper fever management. Also, check your medicine cabinet to ensure that all medications have not expired or been recalled. Check recalls.gov to stay aware of any recalls.


- Watch for serious signs. Generally, you should call your pediatrician if your child is 3 months or younger and has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, if your child is older than 3 months and has a fever that exceeds 103 degrees, if your child has a fever and looks and acts very sick, or if the fever lasts for more than three days. As always, call your pediatrician with any concerns.


- Dose appropriately. More than a third of parents dose their children primarily based on age, rather than weight, according to the survey. Yet weight is more accurate and the basis preferred by doctors. If weight is not known, dosing by age is acceptable.


- Do not give your child an adult medication. Nearly one in four parents surveyed admit to giving their children an adult over-the-counter fever medication at an estimated lower dose. Parents should always use a children's medication and never give an adult product to a child, unless specifically recommended by your child's physician.


- Medicate wisely. When choosing a fever medication, be sure to consider how long it will last.


- Let sleeping children rest. More than half of parents surveyed said they wake their child in the middle of the night just to give them fever medication, yet most pediatricians believe a sleeping child should not be awakened solely to be given fever medication. Parents should closely monitor their children, and if they have any concerns about treating the child's fever, they should check with their pediatrician.


- Allow time to recover. The AAP recommends that parents keep their children home from school or daycare until the child is fever-free for at least 24 hours.


- ARA


Family Movie Night


“Chronicle,” now in theaters


Rated: PG-13


Length: 83 minutes


Synopsis: Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.


Violence/scary rating: 4


Sexual-content rating: 3


Profanity rating: 2.5


Drugs/alcohol rating: 2.5


Family Time rating: 3.5. This is for teens only because of the violence and intense scenes.


(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)


Book Report


“What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Ages: 8-12


Pages: 44


Synopsis: Did you know that James West invented the microphone in your cell phone? That Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck that makes supermarkets possible? Or that Dr. Percy Julian synthesized cortisone from soy, easing untold people's pain? These are just some of the black inventors and innovators scoring big points in this dynamic look at several unsung heroes who shared a desire to improve people's lives. Offering profiles with fast facts on flaps and framed by a funny contemporary story featuring two feisty twins, here is a nod to the minds behind the gamma electric cell and the ice-cream scoop, improvements to traffic lights, open-heart surgery, and more - inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance against great odds made our world safer, better, and brighter. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA's all-time leading scorer, champions a lineup of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book. - Candlewick Press


Did You Know


According to a study done at the School of Social and Family Dynamics, children who are depressed are more likely to be bullied than children who are not depressed.


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