Let Us Talk About Fever In Children
Back And Forth
Looking back on this personal blog, I realise I’ve been writing for about a year. Last Chinese New Year, I wrote a post about truths & myths regarding fever in children. Entitled Fever Pitch, I also shared an anecdote about a passing viral fever in children in my own home. However, this Chinese New Year, we still see many nonurgent cases of fever in the Children’s Emergency. One of the consequences is an increased waiting time for everyone including urgent cases. Hence I’m always grateful for a hardworking team that soldiers through it all.
What Is Fever In Children All About?
Although some should certainly be seen here, as they are very ill, many can probably wait to be seen by a family doctor. Why do they rush over? In 2016, I published a study to understand the perspective of the caregivers for non-urgent cases seen in the Children’s Emergency. http://www.smj.org.sg/sites/default/files/SMJ-57-314.pdf . I find many perspectives similar today.
In fact, when I discuss home care advice, parents agree they might not have rushed over had they more information. Therefore I can only conclude that we must do more to boost community education about fever in children.
Recently, my nurse, daughter & I had helped produce a small clip on fever in children; yet another A Typical Atypical Day For Our Children’s Emergency Team. I’m immensely proud of the good work the team produced. Here is the short clip:
Clinical Pearls On When To Visit The Children’s Emergency
As I have young students following me this month, I roped them in to help me create cartoon material. Here is what we came up with. I would love to hear what you think. Please let me know what you like about it, and what can be improved upon, so we can do better next time. I’m also working on a Mandarin version of this next so if you have any ideas, drop me a comment!