Fever or Not to Fever?

With the fall and winter months fast approaching!

The conversation about our kiddos and their fevers, coughs, and running noses are coming just as fast.

This is something that my wife, Jessica, and I have talked about with so many people. Usually, it stems from other friends/family/ other parents asking us if Shayn (our 2-year-old daughter) ever gets sick?

Our answer, of course, but…

The “but” is there because we view this topic of colds, fevers, etc. a little differently than most do.

We understand that most people view these things as “bad” and that something is going wrong with their children. To no fault of their own because that is the way we were all taught to view them.

There is nothing wrong about that. We see it as an incomplete explanation.

One of the biggest discussions that comes up during these kinds of talks is “how high and how long is a fever safe?”

According to Seattle Children’s Hospital (1) “Fevers turn on the body's immune system. They help the body fight infection. Normal fevers between 100° and 104° F (37.8° - 40° C) are good for sick children.” They also state “Only temperatures above 108° F (42° C) can cause brain damage. It's very rare for the body temperature to climb this high.”

The majority of cases the fevers our children experience is a natural reaction of the immune system and show that they have a HEALTHY immune response.

Instead of reaching for the children’s Tylenol or other medications to numb and/ or stop the body’s natural processes, what if we did things to facilitate the healthy response AND support the body in its efforts to fight off whatever is causing the fever?

Some of these things are common knowledge that all of us know to do for our kiddos (and ourselves), but some might be new to you.

1.       Hydration – water, electrolytes, etc.

2.       Rest – the body dose its best repair and recovery while we sleep

3.       Nervous/ immune system support – this is where we flip conventional wisdom on its head

a.       Getting checked and adjusted: shown to improve brain and immune system function(2)(3)

b.       Vitamin D: help regulate the immune response (4)

c.       Nutrient dense foods: micro-nutrients found in many veggies and fruits are vitally important to a body and our cells function. Ex. – superfood powder added to your kiddos favorite drink our mixed into “shake” with other fruits.

 *** This information should not replace the use of any medication that has been prescribed to you our your children.

(1)Schmitt Pediatric Guidelines LLC, http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/symptom-index/fever-myths-versus-facts/

(2) Haavik, Murphy B., Holt, K. (2010). Chiropractic Journal of Austrailia, Exploring the neuromodulatory effects of the vertebral subluxation and chiropractic care

(3) Julita A Teodorczyk-Injeyan, H Stephen InjeyanEmail author, Marion McGregor, Glen M Harris and Richard Ruegg. (2008). Chiropractic & Osteopathy, Enhancement of in vitrointerleukin-2 production in normal subjects following a single spinal manipulative treatment

(4) Cynthia Aranow, MD. (2011). Journal of Investigative Medicine, Vitamin D and the Immune System

 *** This information should not replace the use of any medication that has been prescribed to you our your children.