An earful? I would have punched his lights out!! What a totally unhelpful and toss-pot thing to say. Ignore him. You are doing the right thing; regular paracetamol, fluids, will ensure Ava is as comfortable as possible. My approach to the sick child is always as follows...if the parents are concerned, this is a significant clinical sign. If you are still concerned, take her to the RCH ED, or Monash ED (closer to you guys), or Cabrini ED if you are happy to pay. Most of the time it will take a (Senior) doctor 10 mins to assess a child; if this affords the parents greater peace of mind, it is worthwhile, and most doctors are happy to oblige (I always was).
This is the age they start to get LOTS of viral illnesses, unfortunately, as they build up their immunity. There really isn't anything you can do to avoid it. Just make sure you are comfortable with correct dosing of paracetamol (15mg/kg) and ibuprofen (10mg/kg), and have a good "snot-sucker"!
Love to Ava, hope she gets better quickly.
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