Posted by: Sam | 2005/01/12



Thanks all for the help with the nappies, his tummy is not liquid just soft which the doc says is normal. I am a first time mother and spend most of my life lately muddling through this thing called parenthood. I never knew it would be such a challenge. He has become the most important thing in my life but such a big worry since he was conceived.

The frst 3 months you worry miscarry, there after when will you feel movement, is there enough movement, if you do this or that will it be okay. After birth you think you can relax but are taught at anti natal about childhood sickness and what to watch out for.

Now you become nauratic as even cough and sneeze becomes the plauge and you spend most of you life aither at the doc or paed. This parent thing is hard and I thank heavens there is a forum to talk to others who are, like me, bumbling through parenthood.

Also one other comment - try either find good doc or pead during december when EVERYONE goes away and you are stuck with the left overs or with the csuality docs who will try and prove how go they are and prescribe when all you want is for them to call the pead on call. My little one had tick bite fever during december and we spent from 28 to 1 january running from dr to hospital looking for a paed. Finaly Dr davies from Bedford Gardens saw my little tyke and gave the correct prognosis but by then the fever had turned into a rash and was working its way out of his system. I ask what if it had been something more serious??

What is a high temp by the way he was between 38 and 39 and the doc said not to worry until 40 is this right??? See see its just confusing and this is one mistake you as a parent cannot come back from.

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Any child with a fever of more than 38 should be monitored closely, but often this may be done at home.

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/01/17

Look on the netcare site and find a peadiatric CPR course in your area - I found the one I went on excellent.

They teach you how to deal with temperatures
37 - 38 degrees - tepid sponging
38 - 39 degrees - calpol / panado
39 - 40 - Empapaed suppositories
over 40 degrees - get to the emergency room.

They also cover accident preventioin and all sorts of topics.

An excellent book is What to expect in the first year, and then after that, Toddler Taming and what to expect - the toddler years.

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Posted by: Belle | 2005/01/12

Hi Sue

36.5 is normal for an adult, childrens tempratures vary much more so 38 is still ok. As your doc said 40 degrees is to high but even then you can wait for 24 hours to see if it will pass. If it doesn't then see your doc. Try to break fevers by putting them into a luke warm bath and then slowly add cold water until cool but not cold. Don't put a child directly into cold water.

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Posted by: ann | 2005/01/12

hi sam
it has been 18 months since giving birth to my daughter,we have been through fevers ,colds ,flu,tummy-bugs,ear infections and much more and possibly a lot more to come,thing is i still get frantic if i dont know why she doesnt feel well ,its this never ending circle of teething or illness of some sort,i suppose we have to take one day at a time and learn as we go.i am a first time mom to,its nice to know im not the only one who becomes nuerotic about my child,seems like she is constantly on my mind ,has she had enough to eat,drink,is she tired ,why is she sleeping so long?ect
but,i bet you would change a single thing!
so we will take it step by step and we know that if we need advise real quick,we have this forum

thankx to all the moms for all thier great advise

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Posted by: Sue | 2005/01/12

Darma, isn't 38 a bit high. I thought 36.5 was normal?

I am about to call the paed everytime my little one's temp go's up to 38???

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Posted by: Darma | 2005/01/12

38 is normal

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