Tagged With fevers

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While going over the illness section of the handbook at my daughter's preschool orientation, the director told parents, "If we made every kid with a runny nose stay home, we'd have no children here." Kids get sick a lot and not every sniffle requires you to take a day off from work to nurse them back to health. But it can be tough to gauge whether your kid is too sick to go to school, and it often comes down to a judgment call.

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Earlier this year, I took my 14-month-old son Ezra to the local urgent care clinic, where I got confirmation of an ear infection. It made sense, based on his fever, but as we drove home, I thought he seemed ... disoriented. I tried to shake it off -- I was still a new mum, probably overreacting.

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There have been several times when my husband and I have hovered over my four-year-old daughter while she was asleep, touching her forehead in confusion. "Does she feel hot? I think she feels hot." "No, she's probably just warm from all the blankets." "No, feel her -- she's really warm. Should we wake her up and take her temperature?" "No, just leave her alone." "OK, I'm just gonna stand here and see." (Yes, she is the first and only child. How did you know?)