I got some lovely responses to my questions about children and medicine yesterday here and on twitter and FB, thanks so much! Here are my responses, please feel free to comment and add your thoughts.
- At what point do you medicate for a fever? And what do you give for a garden-variety fever? We usually wait until the fever hits 38 degrees if the child isn’t unhappy before we medicate and even then we take it easy on the medicine, usually Panado unless we are really battling.
- When you get a script from a doctor, do you take all the medicine prescribed and charge it to your medical aid or do you
interrogatequestion what everything is for and what it’s meant to do. We totally question every single thing on the script. We had a paed that overmedicated Daniel so much and sent us home with a BOX of duolin once. True story.
- Do you question the quantities of medicine that gets dispensed so you aren’t stuck with weird and wonderful stuff that just fills your medicine cupboard? We always check the quantities that are needed and confirm before it is dispensed. We will often ask for the entire script to be loaded and if we need the rest of the stuff we can always have it dispensed at a later time. Otherwise a lot of money and medicine is wasted.
- Do you have MSA? (Medical Savings Account) If you do, do you believe it is the best way to manage your medical expenses? We cancelled our MSA when the girls were born because our medical aid would have jumped with more than R1000 per month if we kept our MSA. It’s the best thing we’ve ever done. It forces us to be careful about the medical help we seek and the medicine we buy. When there is a big problem and we end in hospital we are taken care of by our hospital plan anyway. Win. I would much rather have a cupboard full of homeopathic remedies than cortisone and other yucky stuff.
We each have to make decisions that fit into our families and we only want to do the best for them and it’s HARD sometimes. This is why I love bouncing things off you so much.