I am reminded today of the benefits of a FEVER! It is part of the healing process (not just a symptom of disease). It is best to medicate with care.
Fever reducing medications, such as Acetaminophen, can have serious side effects (leading cause of liver failure, and some research links it to asthma and ADHD).
A recent study in the journal Pediatrics shows that 91 percent of parents surveyed thought that a fever can cause harmful effects, with 56 percent of caregivers very worried about the potential harm of fevers for their own children. And 89 percent of parents reached for such fever reducers as acetaminophen and ibuprofen before temperatures reached 102 degrees.
Benefits of a Fever
A fever is, obviously, a symptom of an underlying disease. It can be something as simple as a cold or ear infection, or something more serious. The fever itself is a mechanism to fight off disease. It is necessary to heal!
The majority of viruses and bacterial infections thrive best when the body temperature is normal (98.6). In response to an infection the body will raise the body temperature (creating a fever) to a point that these microbes cannot reproduce. A fever is also a signal for the immune system to produce more white blood cells to battle the microbes. There are a few research studies that shows that letting the fever run its course shortens the severity and length of disease.
A study published in the February 2004 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that children who ran a fever during their first year were less likely to develop allergies later in childhood than children who did not have fever.
February 2004 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, The relationship between early fever and allergic sensitization at age 6 to 7 years