Has your child ever had a high fever by high I mean 103-104F? If so you know how scary it can be. This happened to us Saturday night. A had a slight fever in the afternoon but nothing major, gave her some Tylenol and she was back to playing.
Saturday night, 10pm, her temperature was 104.4F, as I ripped into the new bottle of children’s Tylenol I called Hubby to come home from across the road. We dosed her and put her in the tub. We live 25 minutes from the hospital, we wanted to do everything we could to get it down at home first before heading there. It came a little tiny bit within the 30 minute time frame we set before we would have headed out. She spent the night in bed with us where we watched her closely. Thankfully by Monday her yo-yo temperature was gone without a trip to the ER thanks to 811 Nurse Line.
Does your area have 811 Nurse Line? This is where you call in and are able to talk to a registered nurse. I called twice on Saturday and found them very helpful. This isn’t the first time I’ve called. I love knowing I don’t have to take my sick child to a ER where there are more germs for her to catch if it isn’t necessary. They ask you a number of questions and are able to then give you some guidelines for dealing with a high fever, vomiting child or such.
My parents were very thankful for this service when my father’s spine had ripped. Stubborn man than men tend to be, he refused to go to the hospital for a bruise so my mother called 811, who told him to get to a hospital right away!
I know New Brunswick has 811 Nurse Line as well, and I feel all provinces should, and maybe they do, I hope so.
Update: Saskatchewan just, end of 2012ish, adopted the 811 Nurse Line.
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