We are a believer of that a kid/adult should not be administered medicine unless one is feeling lethargic and very ill, or as instructed by PD/GD, else one should be given enough time for his/her body or immune system to react to or fight with the invaders, hence strengthen his/her immunity further.
For us (me and hubby), it's easy. As we know very well when it's time for us to take medicine. We generally don't take medicine at all, and let our body recovers on its own. A visit to the GP is a must though, as we need to get a medication certificate for our absence of work :-)
For young babies (my definition is before one turns 1 year old), extra care must be taken as their immune system has not matured and mild sickness may lead to complication unnecessarily. Hence when baby is sick, we will bring her to see PD and administer medicine as advised. This applies to Xi Yu.
For toddlers, I think this is the important period to help them build up their immunity. Their immune system is developing, and is strong enough to fight with the common or not so potent bugs. If they are too heavily depended on the medicine, the immune system won't have the chance to learn how to fight with the bugs. One should monitor the toddler very closely, let them fight with the bugs for a few days, and take necessary action (i.e., consult PD/GP and administer medicine) if the toddler becomes more ill. This applies to Hao Re.
This is what we practice. Of course every parent has his/her own view on this.
Back to the topic of today.
Hao Re is running a slight temperature from Sunday afternoon. His forehead was pretty hot to touch, but no fever recorded when we measured using a ear thermometer. The temperature comes and goes throughout the day and would peak (>37.5C) at night time and early morning. We didn't give him any fever medicine but we monitor him closely. Finally on Wednesday morning, he broke out a cough with a bit of phlegm. Xi Yu was ill a few weeks ago. So I think most likely Xi Yu passed the bug to me, and from me to Hao Re. I am actually having a slight cough and quite phlegmy throat, but I am totally fine as I have quite a strong immunity. Hao Re got the bugs from me, and with his semi-mature immune system, he is running a temperature when his body reacts to the invaders. Early this morning (Thursday), his temperature went up to 38.8C at the highest. When we were discussing if we should let him stay at home to rest, his temperature has dropped to 37.2C. I guess his body is still working hard fighting with the bugs. I hope he would win the battle. Would continue to monitor and intervene as necessary. I hope we don't have to pay a visit to Dr Keoy this time :-P
During the car ride to school this morning, I asked Hao Re repeats after me, and repeated exactly as what I said: "皓皓在跟细菌打仗, 加油, 加油, 加油!!!".