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FACTS ABOUT FEVER


You cannot judge the severity of the condition by the height of the fever.

Above all else, how your child looks and acts determine the likelihood of a serious problem.

A child with a temperature of 101 degrees F who is abnormally quiet with a vacant stare is much sicker than a child with a fever of 104 degrees F who is playing and fully engaged in his environment.

  1. During a fever appetite is decreased. This is the natural consequence of the body’s healing response during a fever. The digestive system shuts down when the body temperature rises above 99.5 degrees F orally and the body indicates this by decreased appetite. Food eaten during a fever is not properly digested creating a toxic situation in the body that potentially will blunt the immune response triggered by the fever.

  2. The optimal body temperature for optimal immune function is 102-103 degrees F, orally.

  3. A child may be lethargic or flushed, may have a rapid and strong heartbeat, and may even hallucinate during a fever.

  4. Fevers due to infection do not rise above 106 degrees and cannot harm your child.

  5. Fevers of 107 degrees or 108 degrees F can cause brain damage and usually result from heat stroke or accidental poisoning. Routine infections do not produce fevers of this degree.

  6. It is normal for one out of twenty healthy children under the age of five to have a fever convulsion. When these seizures occur, they are typically due to imbalanced electrolytes from dehydration and last only a few minutes and produce no lasting or harmful effects.

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