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Fever

Fever Articles

Is Fear of Fever Hurting Our Children? by Edda West, VRAN, Canada

Fever: When Will They Ever Learn? by Hilary Butler - from Chapter 46 From One Prick to Another - This appeared in VRAN Newsletter Fall 2008

Tending The Flame by Philip Incao, M.D.

Fever in Children - A Blessing in Disguise By Linda B. White and Sunny Mavor, Originally printed in Mothering Magazine

Seizures From Fevers Don't Cause Brain Injury

Brain Damage from High Fevers in Children "Brain damage from a fever generally will not occur unless the fever is over 107.6F (42C). "

What are febrile seizures? What are febrile convulsions? What causes febrile seizures? They Do Not Cause Brain Damage or Mental Retardation - "It is hard to prevent febrile seizures since often the child is ill with a fever before a parent realizes it, with no symptoms present until later on. Fever can be reduced by ibuprofen and acetaminophen [I don't agree with this part ..........Sheri], but this does not mean no seizure is then possible. In extremely rare instances doctors will prescribe anticonvulsant meds such as phenobarbital to prevent febrile seizures, but the side effects of these drugs are so severe that they are seldom used in young children."


Glutathione Importance - Tylenol (calpol) depletes glutathione


Motrin/Advil/Ibuprofen Dangers


Fever & Seizures

It is the rapid rise or fall in temperature that causes the seizures/fits in some susceptible children so by the time you are aware of the fever they will either have seized/fitted or not. Indeed giving Tyelenol/Calpol and lowering temperature rapidly could cause the convulsions.

Even if a child does have a seizure/fit, there is no evidence that it causes any long term damage, it is just an unpleasant symptom, particularly for the paren

  • Seizures From Fevers Don't Cause Brain Injury

  • Feverish illness in children - Assessment and initial management in children younger than 5 years Clinical Guideline, May 2007, Funded to produce guidelines for the NHS by NICE (UK)

    The first investigated the hypothesis that paracetamol and ibuprofen, used prophylactically, will reduce the incidence of febrile convulsions across a wide variety of conditions. It found no evidence that the prophylactic use of antipyretics has any effect in reducing the incidence of febrile convulsions. The second review assessed 12 studies of the effects of paracetamol for treating children in relation to fever clearance time, febrile convulsions and resolution of associated symptoms. It also found no evidence that the use of prophylactic paracetamol influenced the risk of febrile convulsions.

    Evidence summary
    Limited evidence was found regarding the use of antipyretic medications in the promotion of wellbeing, activity, eating and drinking, and no evidence of cost-effectiveness. One study suggested that parents could identify some improvement in activity and alertness after the administration of paracetamol, but not in mood, comfort, appetite or fluid intake. There is no evidence that the use of antipyretic agents reduces the incidence of febrile convulsions.

    GDG translation The GDG noted that, from the evidence, antipyretic agents do not appear to be effective in the prevention of febrile convulsions. There is very limited evidence regarding the effect of paracetamol on activity or other areas contained within the clinical question, which showed inconsistent effects.


    Fever Charts

    • from Stanford Childrens Hospital site, in California. (URL no longer works) It shows that a fever must be very high before causing damage

      Your child probably has an early virus infection. Most fevers are good for children and help the body fight infection. Use the following definitions to help put your child's level of fever into perspective:
      100-102F (37.8 - 39C) -- low grade fevers and beneficial
      102-104F (39 - 40C) -- moderate grade fevers and beneficial
      Above 104F (40C) -- high fevers and cause discomfort, but harmless
      Above 105F (40.6C) -- higher risk of bacterial infections
      Above 107F (41.7C) -- the fever itself can be harmful

    • Dutch (Netherlands) Guidelines:
      Just so everyone can put the fever issue in perspective. Not all of the world panics at fever.............

      Below is a (quick) translation, by one of my list members, of the official policy guidelines for Dutch family doctors in case of fever in children, given by their organisation and published on internet.

      I have added the Fahrenheit degrees

      Official guidelines for Dutch family doctors in case of fever in children:
      - A realistic notion about fever will make it more easy for parents to deal with children having fever.
      - In general, fever does not need treatment.
      - Actively lowering the body temperature is not neccessary. Applying cold compresses and cold sponging of the child is not meaningful.
      - In principle, no antipyretics are given. Antipyretics do not fight the disease and at best will make the child feel a bit better.
      - Fever is qualified as a rectal temperature above 38 degrees C. (100.4 degree Fahrenheit)
      -There are no injurious effects of fever below 41.7 degrees C. (107.06 degree Fahrenheit)
      - Fever is a useful bodily reaction. If the heat is allowed to drain away, fever will not rise above 41.7 degrees C. (107.06 degree Fahrenheit)
      - The increase of the body temperature seems to be important in fighting the disease.
      - If the fever is not treated, this does not mean the temperature will keep rising.
      - The main reason for taking the temperature is knowing whether or not there is a fever.
      - There is no use in measuring each change. It is sufficient to take the temperature once a day.
      - Parents should not wake their child to take the temperature.
      - Temperature should be measured per rectum. Other ways are not reliable.
      - Observing the child and registering changes in the childs behaviour are more important than frequently measuring the temperature.
      - The extent to which the child is sick is far more important than the temperature of the fever.


    Homeopathic Treatment of a Child with Fever

    Homeopathy works very well in treating an ill child with a fever. We aren't treating the fever. We aren't trying to make the fever go down. We are treating the child looking at all the symptoms present including the fever. The remedy helps the child to heal and the fever goes when the healing happens and the fever is no longer needed

    Find the ONE remedy that matches the symptom picture best. If these lists aren't complete enough, may need to consult a homeopath, take one of my classes, or find other remedy lists

    • Fevers In Children do NOT go by her dosage information - use the information I post at the end of this section as to how to give a remedy for a minor acute illness or first aid

    • Fevers (Homeopathic Remedies)
      He errs on the side of caution in the paragraphs in the first part of the page. See above for info on that. He is way to cautious in my opinion here - "Any fever that is over 101 F for more than a sort period of time needs to be assessed by a medical professional. Any fever that rises suddenly to high temperatures, such 103 to 104, needs immediate professional help, as this can be a sign of a serious condition. The remedies given here are for simple, uncomplicated fever, as any other type of fever may need professional attention."

      I don't agree that 103 or 104 needs professional help unless prolonged fever and no progress being made or other serious symptoms. You have to make your own decision on that.

      I post this information for the remedy pictures he lists

      Again, find the one remedy that matches the symptom picture the best, especially paying attention to the emotional state of the child while ill


    Administering Homeopathic Remedies

    Put your dry pillules, tablets, in water to administer - see below

    Best not to take them dry. The vital force of the body does better if you put them in water and then raise the potency a little each time. The vital force doesn't do as well with the same potency over and over and that is the way you would do it if you used them dry

    PRINT this out and keep handy with your remedies.

    Generally I suggest you use 30C (unless you have completed a course with me, then I suggest 200C). Do not treat for chronic or recurring things on your own or with 30C.

    DO NOT go by what is on the bottle (heaven only knows why fda or whatever makes them say that stuff)

    • You can give just a dry pillule, but it appears to work better to give in water (aqueous solution) and be able to succuss it between doses - but in a pinch, give as dry. (for an infant crush if possible or just put in a little water in a cup and let melt and then give.) But best to give in the way I describe below.

    • BEST to give as an aqueous solution - one or two pillules/tablets in water

    • Put ONE pillule or tablet in 6 oz of water (use purified, filtered water if possible) in a water bottle used only for this

    • Let dissolve or sit for at least 5 minutes (the remedy coats the pillule which is sucrose or the tablet which is lactose)

    • Shake just a little

    • Take one teaspoon out of water bottle and give to the person. Have person hold in their mouth for a few seconds if possible.

      Wait.

    • Use a plastic spoon (if you use a metal spoon, save it for use only for this person while being treated. After person well and not using it any longer, boil it in water for 5 minutes before it is washed and used for other things

    • You basically give 1 dose of 1 remedy and wait........
      • a. If improvement, don't give anymore

      • b. If improvement and then same symptoms come back - give another dose of same
        • 1. to give another dose, take the water bottle you have and succuss it - this is strong downward thrusts from about 2 feet up - like a judge hitting a gavel do this 10 times on a book or something (you are succussing to slight raise the potency of what you have started with - it seems that the vital force does better with a little higher potency each time, than the same potency)
        • 2. give another teaspoon out of this
        • 3. if using a cup and not a water bottle - better to use water bottle though - stir briskly 10 times and give one teaspoon

      • c. If improvement and new symptoms that are really a problem and body can't deal with itself - research and find what the new remedy should be (will sometimes use one remedy and shift things and then need a different to finish up)

      • d. If no improvement on one dose of 30c in water, repeat it in 20-30 minutes; if no improvement on one dose if 200c in water, repeat it in 1 hour can do this 2 or 3 times with 200C or 30C. if no improvement after that probably wrong remedy

    • Improvement you may see first is in mental/emotional symptoms, or sleep, or general well being, or thirst or appetite - then the physical symptoms may improve later If you are using 6X or something, may have to repeat oftener than a 30 C as the energy 'gets used up', in a way.

    • If you get near the end of the bottle, keep at least one teaspoon in there and add 6 ozs more of water to keep it going, as you have been raising the potency each time and don't want to start over. Mostly you will never get to this point as you will only be repeating 3 or 4 times. Don't need to refrigerate unless keeping overnight and usually this will not be the case.

    • Throw all away at the end once treatment is over or not needing this remedy for this illness any longer

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