- Poet D - Other than baby wipes and wet baby wash cloths is there a way to keep my toddlers nose from being dry and crusty? Her poor nose is getting chapped!Dr. Sue writes:It is unusual for children to develop allergies until they are over the age of two, but they can certainly have a constant runny nose as they catch one cold after another. I like to use saline nasal spray to help lubricate the nasal passages and this may also help to prevent a chapped nose. A bit of petroleum jelly on their nostrils will also help, but just be sure to not block off the nasal passages. I typically try to put some on their nose when they are sleeping and less likely to try and “rub it off”!
Isabella wanted to know, "When do I need to worry about a fever?"
Dr. Sue writes:
You know Isabella, fevers really put fear into new parents and I understand that as a mom and a doctor, but fever is your friend. Remember that fever is an immune response and actually shows that your child is fighting probably a viral infection. So the number on the thermometer is not as important as how your child is acting. So 101 is really no different than 100.4, than a 104. That's when you want to use the acetaminophen product with a dosage appropriate for your child's age and you want to go by weight rather than age. It's really important in an infant because they absolutely are different, so make sure you look at your child's weight and ask your doctor for a dosage chart to keep it handy. Pediatricians really want to see a baby that is under eight weeks of age and has a temperature of 100.4 or higher. If your baby is less than 8 weeks old and has a fever, call your pediatrician before giving them acetaminophen.
- Leanna N. - My son will be 3 next month. He just had surgery yesterday on his Achilles tendon! I need tips or tricks on how to get him to take his medicine! ANYTHING. He won't eat, so nothing with eating involved. Thank you!!!Dr. Sue writes:It is sometimes difficult to get a child of that age to take medicine, but I have occasionally had luck teaching even a 3 year old how to swallow a pill by using tiny candy like a “tic-tac” or “mini M&M”. Practice, practice and then if they succeed you no longer have the issue with taste and liquid medications. On the other hand if that doesn’t work they do make acetaminophen suppositories which you can use to treat pain as well as fever. Lastly, if you have to use a liquid ask your doctor to give you the most concentrated dosage as possible as it will be less volume and something you can dose once a day, especially as it relates to antibiotics.