When a feverish kid finally starts to snooze after some miserable time shivering under a blanket and generally feeling lousy, the last think any parent wants to do is wake him up to check his temperature. Luckily, there's a handy tool for that, and, honestly, more families should know what a fever sticker is and all about how easy the (adorable) product is to use. In short, Physio Logic's Fever-Bugz Stick-On Fever Indicators are pretty much a godsend for any parent who's dealing with a child sick with a pesky, persistent fever — for lots of reasons, but mostly because it lets kids sleep instead of having to jam a bulky thermometer under their tongue.
The fever stickers aren't brand-new to the scene, but they earned a major endorsement (unpaid, of course) Thursday from Lisa Ling, the host of CNN's This Is Life and the mother of a young daughter who ended up with a fever while traveling. After trying out the sticker on her daughter — which was as easy as plopping the ladybug on the girl's forehead and monitoring her temp that way — Ling lauded the product as "amazing" on Facebook. "Obsessed!" Ling gushed. "These are going into my travel kit stat!"
That's a pretty impressive review from a discerning world-class journalist and dedicated mom. And it seems as though these fever stickers live up to the hype. Available from Walgreen's and Amazon at the reasonable price of only $6.50 for an 8-pack, they allow parents to keep track of their kids' temperature for 48 hours. All they have to do is stick the hypoallergenic, latex-free shapes (like ladybugs, butterflies or worms) to the kid's forehead, chest, or underarm, and they're guaranteed to be accurate within 1 degree Fahrenheit and to even survive bath time.
It's super handy, but obviously it's still up to parents to know how to take care of their sick little ones and to recognize more serious symptoms. A normal temperature is 98.6 Fahrenheit. According to the Mayo Clinic, sweating, chills and shivering, muscle aches, and dehydration are all normal fever symptoms for kids. But if a child appears listless, vomits repeatedly, exhibits poor eye contact, or has a fever that persists more than three days, it's time to call a doctor.
Coming down with a fever is never fun for kids or their caretakers, but the fever stickers make it a little more bearable.