Fevers are not the enemy!

I know myself as a mum that when your little one is ill, you just want to do anything and everything you can to bring them back to their usual chirpy, cheerful self. The thing to know about fevers is that it’s the body doing what it needs to do to fight off and clean out the invading bug.

The body raising its core temperature leads to further white blood cells being produced and increases their activity, these cells are essential in destroying bacteria and viruses and removing the debris.

The NICE guidelines (that GPs etc follow) say that paracetamol or ibuprofen should be used to ease distress in a child that has a fever, they should not be used with the intention of lowering the temperature. So if they’re either not suffering or their discomfort can be managed by other means, keep them well hydrated and a close eye on them, but no need to medicate.

http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg160/chapter/1-recommendations#antipyretic-interventions-2

Please discuss this with me or another medical practitioner if you have any questions or concerns.

http://www.harmonyosteopathy.co.uk

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