What is a FEVER?

, December 2, 2015 in Mother and Child / Therapeutics

A fever represents the mobilization of the body’s immune system.

It is the first reaction of our immune defense and indicates that the person is defending themselves.

In children under 7 years old, a fever indicates a building of the immune system.

The fever is a part of the non-specific immune response.

  • 37 C normal body temperature
  • 37.5 C encourages microbes (inefficient)
  • 37.5-.9 C bacteriostatic (limits bacterial growth)
  • 39 – 40.5 C kills bacteria (efficient) *except in newborns
  • above 40.5 C destroy own self (cells)

THE BENEFITS OF FEVER:

• Fever is the primary mode of immune system function in infants and young children who have not yet developed a mature immune system. Fever helps with the development of the immune system in young children.

• Fever inhibits the growth of microbes and at higher temperatures can kill these microbes.

• Fever increases the production of interferon thereby inhibiting viral reproduction.

• Fever stimulates the immune system and increases the mobility and killing ability of white blood cells, which fight infection.

• Fever increases the body’s metabolic rate allowing the body to get rid of waste products more quickly thereby having an important function in detoxifying the body of substances it might not otherwise be able to eliminate.

Clinical Evaluation of Fevers

Patient is FeelingSkin AppearsBody Temperature relative to Thermostat SettingDirection of Fever
COLDPale, cyanotic, shiveringBody temperature is LESS THAN Thermostat settingRising
HOTFlushed, sweatingBody temperature is GREATER THAN Thermostat settingFalling
No Dominant PerceptionNormal to flushedBody temperature is EQUAL to Thermostat settingHolding
Equilibrium

For High temp w/ convulsions use:
Valerian, Scullcap, Passion Flower
Wet sheet treatment and/or Wet sock treatment
Cool head and neck

If you fear danger – call 911
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