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ADHD, Fevers, and the Brain
Jen Heupel

ADHD, Fevers, and the Brain

Signs of a Busy Brain and How to Help

Our doctors get lots of questions about ways to help children heal and feel better naturally, so today we're answering some questions and concerns they hear about ADHD, fevers, and teething.

 

Busy brain syndrome, also known as ADHD, is when your child’s brain is so preoccupied by noise, lights, stress and more that they struggle to be calm or focused when needed.

👧🏻 A child with busy brain syndrome may show signs of:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Lack of social connection or friendships
  • Hard time focusing in school or remembering what to do
  • Fidgets or has a has difficulty sitting still and listening


Our bodies are designed to adapt to stressors and cope with our surroundings, but when the nervous system is overwhelmed the brain isn’t able to send and receive messages from other parts of the body properly, making it difficult for kids to hit the brakes, calm down, and make wise social and emotional decisions through their prefrontal cortex (the executive functioning part of the brain).

To make matters worse, kids whose nervous systems are in a heightened state of stress don’t sleep as well, which means their bodies are not healing as well. A child lacking quality, consistent sleep will often have behavioral, emotional, or cognitive symptoms pop up.

To relieve built up stress and tension in the nervous system kids need gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments. Torque Release Technique (TRT) adjustments help restore quiet & calm to the brain so kids can FINALLY shut their brain and body off to sleep well, slow down, control their speech, and regulate their emotions and behavior 🙌🏽.

If you haven’t tried TRT chiropractic to help calm your child’s busy brain and restore optimal communication pathways between their brain and body, make an appointment today! We perform different neurological scans to identify if and where problems in the nervous system exist.

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Should You Reduce a Fever?

It can be alarming 🚨 when your baby seems “off,” uncomfortable, or they start showing symptoms that make them seem sick … like a fever.

But did you know: Fevers are actually a GOOD thing!

🤒 Fever is a natural response of the body to an infection or illness, and it serves as a defense mechanism that helps to fight off pathogens such as viruses and bacteria 🦠. When the body detects an infection, it raises its internal temperature, which can create an environment that is less hospitable to harmful microorganisms.

Research has shown that fevers stimulate the immune system and increase the production of white blood cells, which are essential for fighting infections. Additionally, high body temperature can increase the rate of chemical reactions in the body, including those that help to break down and eliminate toxins.

If your child has a fever it’s generally a sign that their nervous system and body is mounting an attack against an infection. So unless your child’s temperature is 103 degrees or higher, hold off on fever-reducing medication and allow the fever to do it’s job - which can to help shorten the duration of illness and get your child better faster!

If you think your child may be running a fever due to teething🦷, check out Dr. Mckensie’s tips on natural teething remedies and why a low-grade fever is a normal response.

Please note: This is not medical advice and we understand there are some circumstances where you may want to consult a doctor and use medication. For more information about fevers and how to help kids feel comfortable while their immune system fights off unwanted invaders, click here.

Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, blessed day!

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