My son Alex will be five next week. I recently realised that after completing a pharmacy degree, passing my registration exam and qualifying as a Pharmacist I am in year 5 of a new qualification. I am doing a MSc in Childhood Medicine. This course lasts about 18 years. There is an assessment nearly every single day and I have to do this course twice with an extra three and a half years after the initial 18 years are over. For fifteen and a half of those eighteen years I will be doing the course twice, at the same time with two different agendas. What kind of course is this? I’m a Dad with two kids!
I thought I knew it all about childhood conditions before my children were born. I knew the theory but the reality is much different especially when confronted by a screaming child at 2am in the morning.
A few things spring to my memory when I think back on my sons five years with us. High temperatures with children are scary! I could quote the dose of calpol/nurofen off by heart when I qualified first but at 2am in the morning I was struggling to remember my own age never mind Alex’s as I often had to check how much medicine to give him for some episodes with chest infections, croup and tonsilitis.
What is our best trick to beat your child’s temperature?
Tonsilitis is always scary as temperatures would rapidly increase and the child would become very irritable. A great help in this situation my Wife and I found was to use a paralink or nurofen suppository to bring my sons temperature down. By inserting the suppository it produced a dramatic and very quick response rapidly lowering the temperature. Suppositories are a dosage form that I never really had considered too much until then but now recommend them a lot having seen the results first hand. I hurt my back last year and because I have had stomach issues in the past my GP prescribed me Diclac suppositories. Diclac contains Diclofenac which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like Ibuprofen which I have done a previous blog on.
The suppositories did the trick for me and whilst they may not be the most appealing way to use a medicine it opened my eyes to how effective they can be. Because paracetamol and ibuprofen are available as liquids and suppositories care should be taken not to double-dose with them i.e. don’t use calpol and paralink suppositories at the same time. Another trick we developed was to have premeasured doses ready when we went to bed just in case we were woken by a sick child in the middle of the night. This removed a lot of the fumbling by us at night and if needed all we had to do was give the medicine and comfort the child.