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Welcome to the first Nurofen for Children Mum’s Club e-Newsletter

The Nurofen for Children Mum’s Club are excited to work with an experienced team of consultants including Sheyne Rowley, Australian Baby Whisperer and Dr Charmaine Saunders, relationship expert.  Consultants will be gathering each month to offer mum’s advice and information on babies.

Our first e-newsletter will provide you with information on winter essentials to get you and your baby through the colder months including:

  • Managing your baby’s cold or flu during the current winter season
  • Top winter activities for you and your baby to enjoy over the colder months

Also on this month’s microsite, you’ll find:

 

Would you like to invite other mothers to be part of the Nurofen for Children’s Mum Club too? Invite a friend to join the Club!

 

baby crying Fever in Children

If your baby has a cold or flu, they will often also have a fever. The following information on fever will give you useful advice on how to recognise and manage a fever and when you need to refer to a doctor.

Recognising fever in children

Normal body temperature is usually between 35.8°C and 37.4°C. A fever is when the body’s temperature rises above normal - a temperature of 40°C is considered a high fever.

This rise in temperature is the body’s way of attempting to kill any infective agents in the child’s system.

What are the signs of fever?

Normal symptoms can vary according to the underlying cause, but some common signs for parents to look out for are:

  • Hot and flushed all over
  • Irritability, crying, or unusually clingy
  • Listless or lethargic
  • Restlessness during the night
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shivering uncontrollably
  • Vomiting suddenly

Managing Children’s fever

  • Dress child in light clothing - for babies, only use a light blanket or single sheet in their cot.
  • Cool the room (but not drafty or too cold)
  • Encourage fluid intake – water (and milk for babies) compensates fluid lost through sweating
  • Soothe a forehead with a cool damp cloth.
  • Give an antipyretic (fever reducing agent) such as ibuprofen (Nurofen for Children) or paracetamol
  • Do not give aspirin to children under 16 (as it has been linked to serious illness in this age group)

When to refer to a doctor

  • The child’s fever is over 40°C
  • The child is between 3 and 6 months old
  • The child’s symptoms or elevated temperature last more than 48 hours.
  • The child’s condition does not improve or worsens.
  • The child has a stiff neck, sensitivity to light or a rash
  • The child is vomiting, refuses to take fluid, or has decreased fluid output.
  • The child has a febrile convulsion

Note: Children less than 3 months must always be referred to a doctor or hospital.

 

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Nurofen for Children Mum’s Club top 5 things to do this winter

The colder weather makes it all that more difficult to get out and about with your family. Below are some winter activity ideas recommended by the Nurofen for Children Mum’s Club for you and your baby to enjoy.

1. Yoga Baby

Stretch and reach for the stars with Yoga Baby. Mum & baby yoga classes provide an opportunity for you to regain strength and flexibility, to bond with your baby in an enjoyable activity and to connect and network with other mums. Throughout classes, you will have the option of involving your baby in the movements, by holding him or her, or by having your baby close to you on your blanket. The babies are also treated to a short session of gentle baby yoga and massage, allowing them to share in the benefits of the class, including the relief of common discomforts. www.yogababy.com.au

2. Swimming

Getting your baby used to water early is important from a safety point of view and it's great fun too. Baby and infant swimming lessons are widely available in swimming centres throughout Australia. Check out your local swim centre for more information. And don’t forget to keep warm after your swim to avoid the winter chills.

3. Babies Prom

Visit one of many Babies Prom shows on offer at the Sydney Opera House. Sydney Opera House’s Kids at the House programs are designed to encourage access to the performing arts for younger audiences. Children will be entertained while happily learning nursery stories and how to play musical instruments in the orchestra. For the Babies Proms series only, babes in arms (that is babies who remain in their carer’s arms during a performance and do not participate in the event) are admitted free of charge. www.sydneyoperahouse.com

4. Cinema

There are some great family films coming out these school holidays. Wrap up the family for a great day out at your local cinema. Or if you fancy rounding up a group of fellow mothers and their babies, cinemas offer special mum’s group movie session times during week day mornings where you can take your baby, stroller, nappies and all into the cinema and watch a movie on the big screen. Go online to www.greaterunion.com.au to check what’s screening in a local cinema near you.

5. Walks in the park

It might be cold outside but it’s still a good idea to wrap up warmly and step outside with your baby for a brisk walk and fresh air. Play parks are situated in most suburbs so why not incorporate this activity into your mothers group?

 

 

 

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Nurofen for Children - Pain & Fever Relief.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Do not give to babies under 3 months. Seek medical advice for children less than 1 year.

For more information on Nurofen for Children, visit: www.nurofenforchildren.com.au