Top 5 Thoughts About Fever: De’Myth’tified

Top 5 Thoughts About Fever: De’Myth’tified

I want to preface with the concept that a fever is not a disease – it is a symptom that something is going on inside the body that is causing temperature to rise. The majority of fevers among kids are due to self-limiting viral illnesses. Identifying why the child has a fever is a great place to start: do they have an ear infection? Are they teething? Is there a bacterial infection going around at the daycare?

There is a time to be concerned; a time to bring down the fever, but there is value in letting your fever (or your babe’s fever) run its course. Here’s some myths about fever that I wanted to bust. There’s plenty of text but it’s simplified as much as I could! After all, I think you deserve to know the most I can get down on paper to be well-educated on fevers by the end of this post! Just click on Busted! under each “myth” to reveal the answer. Enjoy.

Myth #1: If my child gets a fever, I can bring it down with a cool cloth!

BUSTED!

Myth #2: The higher the temperature, the more serious this is!

BUSTED!

Myth #3: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen are all great choices to bring down a fever should I need to.

BUSTED!

Myth #4: If I don’t do anything my child will have a seizure!  Seizures are incredibly dangerous and they will get epilepsy!

BUSTED!

Myth #5: My child has a fever and that’s reason enough to get them to a doctor – a fever must always be treated!

BUSTED!

 

Know your risks and know your comfort level. Love yourself regardless of the choices you make during your child’s illness but if you medicate – don’t medicate to have them run around – know that you’re treating the discomfort but their bodies still need to fight whatever else is happening inside. Let them sleep and read some books and be lazy! Their body is working hard on the inside. One things for sure –we’ve just demystified some of the fear that surrounds the word “fever”.