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I don't know what to do

My 12 month old has a fever and we have no health insurance. I gave her some infant tylonal to try and break it. For those that don't have insurance what do y'all do when your LO is sick?

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Asked by ABPeterson at 9:59 AM on Aug. 20, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • If you are so poor you can't afford to take your child to the doctor then your child should qualify for Medicaid. Go sign your child up.

    There is no reason to run to the doctor every time a child has a fever. Fever is the body's way of killing off microbes. Microbes divide best at around body temp. The body raises it's temp so the microbes won't multiply as well or at all. Give the child something for the fever and then the microbes will be able to multiply.

    Answer by GailllAZ at 10:07 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • u need to take her to get medicaid . take copies of ur bills ur income and ur DH income if have one.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:10 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • Less clothing

    Children should not be over-bundled when they have a fever, as this tends to raise their temperature. Dress infants in a minimum of clothes and use a light blanket if they have chills. Sometimes, an overbundled infant may have a slight elevation of temperature. If you suspect this, undress and retake their temperature in about one hour.

    Sponge baths are usually not necessary for low-grade fevers. Sponging may cause shivering and may be uncomfortable. Sponge baths may be useful with heatstroke, confusion associated with high fevers, or in children who are prone to febrile seizures. Never use alcohol or ice in the bath. Stop or raise the water temperature if the child is shivering. Lukewarm washcloths or sponges rubbed briskly over the skin with the child in two inches of water is the best technique.


    Answer by JoyandLove at 10:10 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • Degree of sickness

    The behaviors listed below probably indicate that a baby or child is not seriously ill.

    A baby will coo, make eye contact, smile or reach for an object.

    A toddler will pay attention to activities, smile, walk around to get things.

    An older child will engage in quiet activities like coloring or reading.
    The behaviors listed below may indicate a serious illness despite fever reduction.

    A baby is not making eye contact, continuously cries and cannot be comforted.

    A toddler refuses to play, cries inconsolably, moans, appears very weak, turns away and stares repeatedly, or is very hard to awaken if sleeping.

    An older child refuses to talk and won't interact or is unable to get out of bed.

    The child keeps falling asleep without periods of activity; remember, sick children do tend to sleep more.
    5) Promote liquids and rest

    We all need to sl

    Answer by JoyandLove at 10:11 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • Thanks y'all! We had medicaid, but just got denied it saying my DH makes too much. We applied for PeachCare, but got denied it since my DH job offers health insurance even though we can't afford it. I gave her some tylenol and hoping for it to go down when she wakes up. I figured she is sick 'cause she isn't playing well today and has been real cranky and just wants to be held, which is not her usually!

    Answer by ABPeterson at 10:15 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • Does she have a fever then? Have you taken her temperature? Most ped's will say to do a rotation of tylenol and motrin ever four hours.

    Answer by crystac at 10:22 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • If their temperature is too high and won't go down you can give them a dose of tylenol and a dose of motrin at the same time. That's what the hospital will do anyway if you take them there (they don't do much). Also, popsicles. Like fruit popsicles. Especially if they're throwing up, it helps.

    Answer by ak_mom at 10:34 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • Google "Community Health Centers" to find the master Web site of government-run health clinics that will see anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. You can drill down to find the location of a clinic near you.

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:07 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • if she really seem sick (fever isnt breaking shes lethargic etc) take her to an er or urgent care most clinics offer free or reduced price health care to low income families who dont qualify for medicaid (for insatnce my husband was diagnosed with diabetes while making $8 an hour but wasnt married and had no children so he did not qualify for medicaid he applied for community care with marshfield clinic and tehy covered everything until he started making $10 anhour adn could get health insurance through his employer) yes she has a fever and she is sick and its an issue but you have to figure out what to do in teh long term you can not risk your childs health find a solution your child deserves health care

    Answer by katiekruschke at 11:58 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • why the crap do you not have insurance for your baby!? go to the department of human services immediately and sign up for health insurance!!! you probably qualify for food stamps and other assistance as well. don't be ashamed to go there, no one is judging you. meanwhile, take off your babys socks if you haven't already.

    Answer by mandielynn23 at 11:59 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

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