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Fever is a good symptom. Parent, do not abuse antipyretics!


When a child gets sick, the parent begins to worry. It's natural. He cares and wants to help, sometimes because of incoming emotions, his reactions are disproportionate to the situation. Mom or dad are good faith prophylactic, and in practice it often turns out to intervene in exaggeration. The effect is usually counterproductive.

We observe this in the case of lowering the fever too quickly. The elevated temperature is positive symptom which allows the child to fight the disease effectively. Giving an antipyretic just in case instead of helping - will hurt. It will increase the duration of the disease and may lead to other complications - US pediatricians are alarming. And their intervention is also valid in our country in Poland. Before you give ibuprofen or paracetamol in the form of known antipyretic syrups - read.

Increased temperature is a good symptom

If the child is not exposed to febrile seizures (they have not passed before, there are no such cases in the family), the temperature should be lowered in a child only when it exceeds 38.5 lines. Even in these situations, you do not need to reach for over-the-counter medicines, you can lower the temperature by natural methods, which are often equally effective, and without any side effects. Doctors point out that children usually have high fever, which is due to the fact that their immune system is not yet fully developed.

Fever should not be a cause of parent's excessive anxiety. You only need to act quickly with the youngest children - newborns, younger infants, chronically ill and genetically burdened children.

Fever phobia

Already in 1980 Barton Schmitt in the American Journal of Diseases of Children described the presence of an excessive emotional response to a fever in a loved one, usually a child - describing it as a fever phobia. This study brought a definite conclusion - fears of fever are enormous, both for parents and some doctors.

In 2001 further results of studies published in "Pediatrics" showed that 91% of parents think that a fever can lead to harmful side effects. In addition, it was shown that 1/4 of the respondents gave children antipyretics when they did not have a fever and they had a feverish condition. There is something else - it has been shown that parents very often measured out the wrong amount of drugs, exposing children to an overdose of the means used. Over half of the respondents gave syrups too often.

Do not give your child antipyretic hastily!

US doctors are alarming to do not give antipyretics to slightly feverish children, because it can not only worsen his health, but also be life-threatening. Scientists call for not to be afraid of fever in a child and when the body temperature rises, keep calm by acting methodically. The fever is not dangerous in itself, but essential to maintaining a normal immune response.

Administration of antipyretics when the child has a slightly elevated body temperature weakens the child's immune response. Makes the body worse defends against the virus, and a harmless infection can quickly turn into something serious. It has been shown that many bacteria and viruses multiply worse at elevated body temperature, and some articles indicate that fever reduces the presence of iron in the blood, which is necessary for the development of many pathogens.

In addition, administration of antipyretics must be cautious. These drugs can be overdosed, which is especially easy in the youngest children. Therefore, they should only be given in cases of higher necessity.