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High Fever In Children – How High Is Too High?

February 2, 2010

Child’s Fever – How High Is Too High?

Q. I have read in Dr. Mendelsohn’s book “How to raise a healthy child in spite of your Dr.” that it is best not to try to lower a fever caused by virus or bacteria, because the body is fighting the virus with the fever. Does this agree with what you have learned? I have Yummy Yarrow and Elderberry from Tri-Light herbs, which can be used for fevers. What does it do for fevers? And does the use of it counteract the body’s own mechanisms for fighting the virus?

A. Kendall, the information on fevers being a good thing is accurate. For every degree of raised temperature above normal body temp, we get an additional 20,000 white cells working to fight the “invader” germ. The Yummy Yarrow and Elderberry helps to increase the body’s immune response, along with the fever, and the yarrow works especially to increase perspiration, which naturally helps lower the fever, without interfering in the body’s disease-fighting mode. The Echinacea and elderberry both stimulate the immune system. It does not counteract the body’s mechanisms, rather, it actually supports the body’s own antibody actions during an illness.

-To read more on fevers or other topics, check out Naturally Healthy

(the following is from  truestarhealth)

When Should You Call Your Doctor?

As a parent, you know your child best. If you have any concerns, it is always best to consult your healthcare professional. Consult a health care professional immediately in ANY of the following cases:

  • If a child under the age of three months develops a fever
  • If your child is convulsing or hallucinating
  • If your child’s fever has not changed in over three days
  • If your child is complaining of stiff neck
  • If your child has repeated vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • If your child’s fever is 104 F or over orally or 103 F in the armpit
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