With school simply getting going, and the increased incidence of health problem in the cooler months, I have actually gotten a number of e-mails and Facebook questions recently about natural methods to lower a fever, specifically in kids. My personal option is rather unconventional, however it has actually assisted my family fight disease more quickly and typically prevent repeating infection … Here’s what we do:
[Keep in mind: I am not a doctor, nurse or medical professional and do not play one on the internet. Always contact a doctor or medical professional if a medical requirement emerges]
Running a fever is the body’s action to fighting infections triggered by viruses or bacteria. Fevers can also result from sunburn or from getting immunizations. Anybody can get a fever, no matter age. People who have compromised body immune systems may tend to have fevers more often than others do.
What Causes A Fever?
Fever is a natural response to infection or illness. Numerous illnesses prosper at normal body temperature, and a fever (even a high one) is a great indicator that the immune system is functioning to ward off the infection. In truth, a fever is an excellent sign as it suggests that the body is responding to fight the infection, and in most cases it becomes part of a natural bodily reaction that need to be permitted to continue.
Fever can be triggered by bacterial or viral illness, or in rare cases by poisoning, heat stroke, ecological contaminants, or a malfunctioning hypothalamus. For the majority of us, fever is caused by an easy infection (usually a virus) and will fade on its own as the body heals. In reality, most of the times, a fever less than 103 will not cause brain damage, and a fever originating from an infection will usually not exceed this unless other aspects (hot environment, etc.) exist. Oftentimes, those who suffer brain damage or other issues from a disease suffer this from the disease itself, not the fever. Even Medication Plus, as service of the Natural Institutes of Health and U.S. Library of Natural Medicine mentions that a fever less than 107 is unlikely to cause mental retardation or other issues unless accompanied by more severe symptoms (though I do not like letting them go this high and have never had a child with a fever anywhere near this high).
Even fevers high enough to cause Febrile Seizures do not show a severe problem in themselves: From this post: “However, most febrile seizures are over rapidly, do not mean your child has epilepsy, and do not cause any permanent harm.” I extremely recommend the book How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor for a more detailed explanation about the advantages of a fever and why reducing it can be hazardous.
If among my relative has a fever less than 103-104 degrees that I understand is not the outcome of poisoning, severe bacterial infection, heat stroke, or contaminants, I personally discover it best to wait it out, screen symptoms and take measures to make the person more comfy. This is my personal preference in this scenario, and while I have actually never found temperature levels at this point or lower to be damaging, it is constantly important to do your very own research and talk to a physician if you feel the scenario requires it. In my experience, the majority of fevers from health problem hover in the 101-103 range and are an effective part of the body’s response to illness.