Fever = Healthy Immune Response
A childhood fever is rarely dangerous. Think twice before attempting to override the wisdom of their body.
If you’re like many parents, the first time your infant has a fever it’s a cause for concern. That’s because many of us have been brought up to see fever as a sign of sickness when really it’s a sign that you are well!
Yes, it’s true. A fever is a sign that your body is working the way it was designed. Your body has the innate wisdom to raise its temperature in response to a foreign body – a virus or bacteria – that needs to be destroyed. It is not the virus or bacteria making your body temperature go awry, it is your body taking active and controlled steps to eliminate the foreign invader.
Many medical practitioners advise you to give some type of child-strength fever reducer to your child to make him or her more “comfortable” and to bring the fever down. We have a different perspective. We believe that childhood fevers, and the viruses and infections that cause them, play a valuable role in strengthening your child’s immune system, making it stronger to resist future infections.
Moreover, when you give fever-reducing medications to a child, you’re overriding the intelligence of the body. This may actually prolong the length of the illness! Additionally, your child’s immune system may miss the opportunity to become resistant to the virus or bacteria that caused the infection in the first place! Your child’s immune system must complete the immune reaction without outside interference to become stronger the next time it is exposed to the same, or even a different, bacteria or virus.
So, when your child gets a fever, remember that fever is the body’s innate immune response. Instead of seeing it as something to be feared or eliminated, view it as a welcome response that tells you that your child’s immune system is functioning properly and getting stronger. Understand, too, that giving your child acetaminophen, paracetamol or ibuprofen can defeat the intended purpose of the fever.
Relax, knowing that a fever is dangerous only in rare instances. The body naturally self regulates the temperature up to about 104. Remember, it is their body creating it, with intention. When excessive or long in duration, it may indicate a more serious problem. It is not the number on the thermometer but the child’s behavior that we need to pay attention to. A child who is fighting off an infection will naturally feel unwell, may be cuddly and cranky. This is normal, regardless if the temperature is 99 or 104. If your child is listless, losing consciousness, extremely lethargic, this is NOT normal, regardless is the temperature is 99 or 104. If in doubt, or if your child is under 12 months of age, consult your health care practitioner. Fevers in the 105-106 range are can be caused by poison and should be taken for appropriate medical treatment.
Regular chiropractic care can help to keep your child’s immune system functioning properly. In fact, many parents bring their children to our practice to not only get well, but to stay well. Parents often report that when their children receive routine chiropractic care, they tend to be sick less often and for a far shorter period than their peers. Many parents, us included, chose to use chiropractic care as our first line of defense in the case of a fever. Since a fever is a sign the immune system is at work, we want to enhance immune system function. One of the best ways to do that is with a chiropractic adjustment. The immune system is being controlled by the nervous system and needs to be free of interference to function optimally. In our experience, an adjustment during a fever, quickly does the trick to get the immune system fighting off quickly, and fevers reduce in short time.
Are you doing everything to hep your child build the strongest immune system? Wellness chiropractic care should be part of your health strategy for optimal health and immune function. Do you know a child who could benefit from a better working nervous system?
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