Fever Is Our Friend?

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fever is our friend.

To be honest, I’m one of those parents who turn on the button for worry when I feel that little Geo’s hug is warmer than it should be.

I can feel that my 14 month old baby has a fever without a thermometer. Of course, before I really start to worry, I check if my instincts cheat me and measure the temperature.

Then, I check whether I have medication against temperature at home, or I have to go to the pharmacy to get them.

Because my mom always told me, if he has a fever or feeling warm, I should give him a Panadol  and try to bring down the fever.

Most parents do that. However, recently I’ve researched and read that fever is our friend! 

Why I should not bring down the fever?


[DISCLAIMER]: I am not a doctor, or medical professional and this is from my own personal experience. Always check with your doctor or medical professonal if a medical need]

In fact, this is partly true. Fever is a sign that the child is sick, but it is not an illness. That it is a natural and normal way in which our body fights against the disease. Lowering the fever is might make the illness go longer.

1.Increased body temperature disrupts the growth and development of viruses and bacteria. Normal body temperature suits them. But when the body feels invaded, it raises core temperature, prevents a microbial invasion and kills them. Reducing the fever using drugs actually only slows down the natural process of microbes destroying.


2.Fever increases the production of white blood cells. Thereby, it increases the body’s ability to fight against the pathogens. In this way, the temperature is ally and acts as a natural remedy. Lowering the temperature hampers treatment.


3.Remedies against temperature may bring more harm than good. Tylenol, Panadol, Acetaminophen and Paracetamol depleted glutathione, which is necessary to process of detoxification in the body. In this way, it slows down the ejection of harmful substances and the healing process.

In addition, excessive doses of these drugs can lead to liver damage, especially when children are concerned. Ibuprofen can cause kidney failure. The fact is that drugs will not completely drop the temperature, especially if it is very high.

In order to help that temperature disappear, it’s easy to overdo with the dose. And this is not a step to healing.


Should I fight against his fever?

I know that the fever is not the result of severe stuff. I personally find it best to let it run, monitor symptoms and make him more comfortable. It is always important to do your own research and talk to a medical professional if you feel the situation need it.

fever is a friend


What I do when my child has a fever:

  • I keep him hydrated and give lots of fluids. Coconut water is a great choice for us because we live in Thailand and fresh young coconut is cheap and easy to find.
  • I use power of coconut oil, which is known for its antibacterial and viral properties
  • I rub oregano oil on his sole foot at night when he sleeps and put socks on. I’m sure many of you have heard about the health benefits of oregano oil.
  • I prepare homemade soup and comfort, light food.
  • Allow him to rest
  • Dress him in light cotton cloths

In general, I’m looking for medical care for fever only when I see that something very serious is in question. A parent’s intuition, research and conversation with your own doctor are important for determining when a fever is serious.


Of course, it is very difficult to turn off the button for concern when your child is sick and has a fever. Almost impossible, in fact.However, we can change the tactic and attitude towards fever. How did you do when your child has a fever?

About jane

Jane is the founder and author of jennyandteddy.com. she love all things cute, like to baked yummy goodness. Jennyandteddy.com is a place where she can shared her easy DIY project, craft, crochet and simple life.

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