Of all the concerns that parents have contacted my office about over the years, one of the most common ones has been what to do with a child’s fever.
In addressing this concern, it’s vital to understand that a fever serves to protect your body against infection and trauma in three major ways:
- A fever stimulates your immune system into producing more white blood cells, antibodies, and a protein called interferon, all of which work to protect your body against harmful microorganisms.
- By raising your body’s temperature a few degrees, a fever makes it harder for invading bacteria and viruses to survive and flourish. The higher your core body temperature is, the harder it is for harmful microorganisms to survive in your body.
- A fever helps to shuttle iron to your liver so that it is not readily available to fuel the growth of invading bacteria. (more…)