Before I had my son I was a toddler teacher at a beautiful Reggio Emilia school. Mess was encouraged and an extra change of clothes were a necessity. Children were able to explore their surroundings and embrace nature. I would have never guessed that my Reggio background would serve me so well when it came to my son’s fever syndrome journey.
My son had his 17th fever the other week. Unfortunately, running hot has always been the norm for him. Most children who get viral fevers spend their sick days curled up on the couch watching cartoons because their body only experiences it a few times a year. My son typically gets a fever every 6-12 weeks and will ask me to play outside.
I have to plan for his fevers in advance; down to the clothes I buy for him and the food I will attempt to feed him. For my husband and I, this is our norm.
The winter and summer months are the hardest. The weather can makes it hard to keep his temperature consistent. At 102/103 degrees, my son can be found playing on his swing set. If it’s cold, he’s in shorts and a long sleeve. Or light weight long sleeve PJ’s. Bundling a child with a fever is the worst thing you can do. When it’s hot outside, he’s in his diaper and playing in the shade.
I have had to come up with low key activities for him to do when his fevers do come.
We start medication like Tylenol and Motrin once his temperature gets past 102. Until then, we use essential oils like Lemon Young Living oil.
Cuddles are a must!
He was placed in the SURFS “unknown” category. Right now, steroid shots are the only option we have and an option we are unwilling to experiment with. We hope and pray that with time, he will outgrow this syndrome. Until then, we have wet paint and squishy cool mud to help us get through those hot hard days. And I am thankful for my past experience as a Reggio teacher. It has helped us all get through those 17 fevers.