Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 6 February 2018
A fever is the body’s perfect response to fighting infection.
Why is it that our society is so trigger happy to suppress that perfect response?
In a nutshell – fear.
Instead of taking the time, energy, and effort to educate parents on the judicious use of fever suppressing medication, it is a lot easier to make blanket statements about the dangers of febrile seizures if fevers are not treated immediately.
Here are 3 reasons to pause before automatically grabbing the pill bottle when dealing with a fever:
I’m not saying don’t ever use anti-fever drugs. Pharmaceuticals definitely have their time and place. They can be life-saving. What I am saying is don’t always use them.
Now I would love to hear from you! What do you think about the use of anti-fever drugs? Leave a comment below and I’ll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday.
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4 Replies to “Manage instead of suppressing a fever”
I think natural products are better than drugs
How does one determine when fever lowering drugs are appropriate to use with a child? Is there some magic number re: temperature?
Good question Robert. Here is the best comprehensive response I have come across to date: https://avivaromm.com/natural-fever-treatments/
Thanks Michelle – that’s a great article – good to keep!