IS FEAR OF FEVER HURTING OUR CHILDREN?

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IS FEAR OF FEVER HURTING OUR CHILDREN?
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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 10:28am
IS FEAR OF FEVER HURTING OUR CHILDREN? By Edda West - VRAN Newsletter January-March, 2003 http://www.whale.to/a/west8.html

Allopathic therapy now: 7 Ways to Fight a Fever

by Jennifer Trachtenberg, M.D.

Standard medical treatment includes fever reducers such as Tylenol or

panadol every four hours, or ibuprofen -- Motrin or Advil -- every six

hours. The dosage depends on the child's weight and not on his or her age.

http://www.parentsoup.com/experts/ped/articles/0,8248,416591_417430,00.html

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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 10:50am
I stopped using antibiotics and fever reducers because I found that my kids recovered faster without them. However, I always have fever reducer in the house.

I can understand any parent's fear when their child has a fever. I still get the willies sometimes if my kid's fever climbs up to his critical. I try to hang in there with damp towels and fanning, but I am always glad to know that if I choose to, I can give him a tiny amount of fever reducer and bring it back to just below critical.

I understand the benefits of fever for fighting infection but I also like knowing that I can control it if I have to.









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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 3:18pm
I take it as it goes...if they seem alert and are drinking and peeing, I don't worry about even taking my kids' temperatures. It seems almost like a competition among some people "well, *I* had a temp of 105!" "well, my son had one of 106.1!"...who can outdo each others temps is right up there with who walks earliest! (oh, ps, that WAS my son who got up to 106, at age 10 mos, due to an ear infection from a FILTHY public swimming pool...I wish I could have told the nurse who answered the clinic phone that he was still nursing voraciously and not having seizures, so she wouldn't have made me drag him down there for a dose of tylenol....grrrr)

Julie

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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 3:40pm
To your original question, "Is fear of fever hurting our children?", I don't know. Not in this house. You tell me, and try doing it without links. What do YOU know about fear of fever? Is this some kind of new phobia we are just now learning about?

Lucky

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 2:38am
From my experience, it's hardly a new phobia. From as far back as I can remember, the knee-jerk response at the first sign of fever, give a fever reducer.

Over the years though, fever is finally being recognized for what it is, the body doing what it is supposed to, and in most cases, you don't want to reduce the fever.

However, when my MIL thinks one of my babies is warm, the first thing she asks is,

"Did you give him Tylenol?"

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 7:06am
I've got no fear of fever, but if that fever is above 100, HELL yes I give my child a fever reducer. Especially if it's night time. There is absolutely no need for a child to suffer when there are safe meds out there. Used in moderation, Tylenol and Ibuprofen are excellent choices.

I say, is fear of tylenol causing needless suffering of little kids?

Lucky

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 7:10am
I'm curious, why did you ultimately make the choice to give your child tylenol?

IMHO it was a good choice.

Lucky

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 8:31am
Hmm, you have no fear of fever, but in the same sentence you claim that, you go on to say,

"but if that fever is above 100, HELL yes I give my child a fever reducer."

Why do you wish to interfere in the body's ability to fight the infection? That is exactly what you are doing when you give your child a fever reducer. Maybe you do indeed fear fever.

You may in turn cause complications that may otherwise be avoided. I would rather my child spend a day or two dealing with a fever rather than possibly more time fighting the illness or worse, introducing complications that could have been avoided.



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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 11:20am
Your body still fights infections just as well with a fever reducer. There is no evidence of children getting worse or staying sick longer if they use fever reducers. Just totally untrue.

Also, my child will not eat or drink if he has a fever. I don't know if it's a guy thing, since my husband also is a total baby with ANY fever, but when a child stops eating and drinking, it is not safe. Also, he doesn't sleep well when he has a fever and THAT in itself can cause a sick child to stay sick. Rest is very important and if he is tossing and turning all night due to an untreated fever he will definately take longer to recover.

Lucky

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 12:49pm
Lucky,

I tend to agree with all of you say, and I have to add that its not a fear of fevers. I know just as I am sure lots of parents do that fever is a sign of the body doing something...telling you something is wrong and or fighting something off. I also do not think its fair to that child to make them uncomfortable. Here is how I know its time to give a fever reducer...They are not eating or drinking and their fever is over 102. If they can not sleep or seem in pain. Usually I try to wait and see how they are acting before I reach for the Motrin. I am not afraid of fevers I am afraid of what my poor child is going through.

I also know that somechildren CAN NOT handle a high fever so yes in those cases a fever is hurting our children. My friends son had a temp of 105 same as our oldest daughter. Dylan went straight into seizures and MariaElena was fine just very sick not wanting to eat. I think that a parent knows that some kids have the tendency to have fever seizures and of course would NOT want that to happen so they give a reducer.

I know that my youngest daughter never gets a temp more then 99 which to some is not even a temp lol I remember one night she went as high as 102.9 and let me tell you I paniced. Only because I knew she never did that unless something was really wrong. Turns out she had a VERY bad case of Strep ( and she was ONLY 7months old) so yes baby can get strep lol

I do not run for an Advil when I have a headache unless its REALLY bad. I also try to keep my kids on the same thing..though again if they are not acting right or eating right they will get a reducer I will NOT make them suffer. I am an adult I can make that choice for myself THEY cant..so until they are old enough to say something I have to be the one to take care it. I think I am doing a darn good job LOL

God bless

carla

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 1:03pm
I gave him Tylenol then because I had less fear of Tylenol (low doses are very safe) than I did of a 106 fever (I assumed the worst was inevitable..."brain damage").

Julie

:)

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