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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 107.6°F (42°C). "
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."
Same would be for the use of it in any other illness
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
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.
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.
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:
100-102°F (37.8 - 39°C) -- low grade fevers and beneficial
102-104°F (39 - 40°C) -- moderate grade fevers and beneficial
Above 104°F (40°C) -- high fevers and cause discomfort, but harmless
Above 105°F (40.6°C) -- higher risk of bacterial infections
Above 107°F (41.7°C) -- the fever itself can be harmful
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.
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
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
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)