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.