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   Many parents incorrectly think that a temperature of 104° to 105° F will cause brain damage to occur, or that if a fever is untreated it will rise higher. As a result, inappropriate treatment is frequently employed, such as: medications, herbal remedies, tepid and alcohol baths to reduce the fever. It has been determined that brain damage can occur in a fever of 107 degrees or higher. Close watch of a child's temperature and the rate at which it rises is advisable in high fevers. Parent's may opt for a professional evaluation/ diagnosis to determine the course of care for their child at any stage.

   How does a fever work? Fever has a direct effect on the immune system. When one has a fever, the Central Nervous System increases the body's metabolism while decreasing its ability to disperse heat. A fever reduces the amount of iron in the blood stream that is needed by invading bacteria, thus starving the invader of needed nutrients. A fever also increases the activity of white blood cells that kill bacteria in your body. When the virus or bacterial imbalance has returned to normal the fever breaks and body temperature returns to normal.

   In the subluxated, (misaligned) child there can be interference in the body's fever mechanism. The subluxation complex may not allow the body to either create a fever, or not allow the temperature to return to normal once the fever has produced its desired effect. If the body has a difficult time restoring a normal temperature, then the most logical thing to do is to look and see if there is a subluxation creating interference in the nervous system. This would cause a condition, which would not allow the wisdom in the body to maintain a normal body temperature. Once the proper chiropractic adjustment is given the body usually responds in short order. This is not to say that a fever will break, as in some cases the fever will actually rise allowing the body to better fight off invading bacteria before returning to normal at a later period of time.

   When a child has a fever it is important for him or her to take in plenty of fluids, as in this time of elevated body temperature, it is easy to become dehydrated. Soup broth, liquid electrolytes and fruit juices are great choices because they replace electrolytes that are used up in the fever process. Rest during times of fever to allow the body to use its energy to fight off infection. Remember to eat, but not too much. Keep an even diet when you have a fever, you don't want to stress your system by stuffing or starving yourself. Also, there should be monitoring of the subluxation in the first few hours and subsequent days as needed to ensure the subluxation is corrected, and stays corrected.


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Fysh PN. Kids Need Chiropractic Too: Evaluating the Child with Fever. Dynamic Chiropractic 1993; 11(10): 24

Yours for better Health.

Dr. Bradley C. Shapero, D.C.

Dr.Bradley Shapero
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