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Keeping Track of Medicine Doses When Sick

It is flu season and, unfortunately, some of us get hit hard with it. So, as my husband, my 4 year old and myself all ended up with the flu, keeping track of who I gave the Tylenol to and when I took that cough syrup and all that came up more than one time. I didn't want to end up sicker from taking to much of one thing, or give my son a double dose of Tylenol when it should have been ibuprofen etc.

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Now, I take a notebook and write who takes what. For instance, my son might have been taking an antibiotic once a day and COULD take Tylenol every four hours or ibuprofen every 6 hours and hubby may have been taking a cough medicine every 6 hours etc. So I start with the name (mainly I only do this for my son) and write down the side of the paper the meds he takes, then make sure I write the dose.

If he wakes up with a fever of 102, then clearly I give him something for it so I write down the time I gave it. Then I don't have to try to remember who took what and when they took it. Mom usually has this under control but lack of sleep mixed with being sick myself has caused me to be extra cautious and I stick to this now. At any given time I know what he took or didn't, when he took it last etc.

I also log his temperature if he is running a bit of a temperature. And (since my son always gets super sick not just a little sick) when he starts to get a temperature, I log how much fluids he takes in because this is very important to prevent dehydration.

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January 8, 20140 found this helpful

Love this idea and sent it on to the young moms in our family! Thank you!
Here's another idea. When my kids were young, I kept a pretty little bell by their bed to ring if they needed help. It's pleasant sound carried through our big old house, and saved their energy and was reassuring to them. Our kids have continued the tradition and it a blessing to them and their little ones.

When it wasn't in use, I stored it in the medicine drawer. Now a small cheery looking notebook can be kept there as well. You could call it the Get Well Notebook. What a great idea to keep track of sickness patterns over the years as well. If dated, you may realize your child has a tendency to get fall colds or winter sore throats and can be proactive!

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