Burn, Baby Burn...Fevers

Fevers are something I often see that parents feel uneasy about. They are unsure of how high is too high and are quick to give fever reducers. It is important to understand the basics of the immune system that is creating these fevers in order to understand how to react appropriately.

One thing to recognize, is that illness is not necessarily a bad thing. It is hard to see our little ones feel unwell, but getting sick then well is an essential part of developing strength for a lifelong immune system that is effective. 

Fever can accompany illness, but not always. Children often get fevers when they are under increased stress. That could be growth with massive cell turnover, illness, or even exhaustion. It is important to remember that when the body is remodeling and changing with growth, there is some demolition -  a breaking down of old cells and tissues that results in toxic waste and debris. The body normally cleans up as it rebuilds new cells and tissues.

When the body kicks into go-mode and high gear, it can manifest as illness with inflammation, fever and discharge of mucus. Thus, we come down with a cold, flu, vomiting, diarrhea, strep throat, etc. If the body has too much toxicity, then a removing those toxins with a fever, runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea, is an act of housecleaning that the body must complete.

 

When a child has a fever, it is time for them to rest and stay warm. Even when they feel hot to you, warm clothes that keep their cheeks rosy, their hands and feet warm, but there is no sweat or perspiration, should be just right to support their healing. The body needs to be hot to burn out the illness, making most people healthier after they’ve had a fever.