Is a fever actually a good sign?

In our last post we talked about how to boost the immune system and prevent getting sick. But what should we do if we do end up feeling under the weather?

As discussed last week, a great way to boost the immune system is to get Chiropractic adjustments. The Chiropractic adjustment significantly increases the white blood cells in the body. Just 15 minutes after the adjustment the immune system is already working harder! At first signs of illness we recommend getting an adjustment as soon as possible!

What if temperatures start to climb and you realize you or your child have a fever?

Many people instinctively want to bring the fever down. However, the fever is actually a good thing, and shouldn’t be reduced except in a few, very severe circumstances.

The fever is actually the body’s immune system going to work! As the temperature in the body rises, the disease fighting cells in the body are more efficient at killing off viruses and bacteria. These white blood cells work better in warmer temperatures. But, the bad guys do not do well in the heat. The fever is actually working to kill off the virus or bacteria- they can’t stand the heat!

This explains why a recent report from the Pediatrics journal says giving a child a fever reducer, like Tylenol, can prolong the illness. This is because the body to fighting to raise the temperature to fight the infection and the medication is attempting to bring it down.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

“The primary goal of treating the febrile child should be to improve the child’s overall comfort rather than focus on the normalization of body temperature.”

So, instead of trying to bring down the fever focus on resting, getting plenty of fluids and getting adjusted as often as possible! By doing this, the body’s natural disease fighting process is being supported and the immune system can do its job!

If the discomfort becomes too much and you do choose to take a pain reliever when you have a fever, choose Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Never use aspirin in a child with a fever! It can cause serious complications.

There are times when a fever in a child is a concern. One concern would be a sudden change in a child’s behavior. If they become lethargic or disoriented, that could be an emergency.  Also in cases of infants and children who have weak immune systems, a fever can become serious.  We have included a link down below for more information about kids and fevers. 

In every case, use your best judgment and always call your health care provider with questions or concerns. If you have any questions one of our doctors can answer for you give us a call, or come on in for a consultation click here to set that up.