We were at my in laws the other day and my mil and her sister were talking about dh's cousin and his wife and how their oldest daughter has been running a fever off and on for 2 weeks. I guess they didn't take her to the doctor as soon as the fever started and blame that on the reason why she is still sick and 'suffering'.
MIL and her sister said that they always took the kids to the doctor as soon as they ran a fever. They weren't taking a chance and almost always would make sure they were on some kind of med.
Of course this talk was all while I was sitting there holding my daughter who had been up the night before with croup. My mil was shocked when we got there and asked what meds the doctor had her on and I said nothing-we hadn't gone, lol. I also had her outside almost all day on Saturday. It wasn't cold, it wasn't hot and she was properly dressed. Fresh air was good for her. She was doing much better yesterday and is still doing better today.
I really don't believe in medicating unless necessary. I try to let whatever they have run it's course if at all possible and don't go rushing to the doctor for mild illnesses. If they aren't getting better in 2-3 days or if get worst quickly, I will take them.
When do you take your kids to the doctor?