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February 11th

Fevers: Good or Bad?

Fevers are the body’s response to fighting infection.  Many parents feel that they need to give a fever reducing medication as soon as a fever presents itself.  By doing this, they are interrupting the body’s natural flow in healing itself.  By giving fever reducing medication the infection will have potential to last longer and become more complicfeverated.

Our bodies elevate our temperature when we are invaded by an infection in order to help fight the infection.  Therefore, lowering our body temperature is bieing counterproductive.  Our bodies can still live and function if our temperature is 104F whereas the bacteria or virus cannot live with this elevated temperature.  They are comfortable when our body temperature is closer to normal (98.6F).   If fever reducing medication is continually given to keep the fever down or gone, we are just allowing the invader a chance to stay.  I tell my patients “it’s like hanging a welcome sign up for the invader!”

When should we worry about a fever?  In a child 3 months old or younger, a fever over 100.4F needs to be treated.  In a 3 month old to 3 year old, a fever Continue Reading »

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