It seems that most parents are afraid of fevers. As soon as one is detected they are quick to “get it down,” call the doctor, or use Tylenol or another fever-reducing medicine.
What is a fever?
A fever isn’t actually an illness. It’s a symptom. It is the body’s ways of “turning up the thermostat” to help the body fight off some sort of “bug” that has infested it. In fact, inflammation and fever help clear the body of unwanted “gunk.” When bad bacteria or a virus has invaded the body, it has done so because the body has provided the right conditions. When those unwelcome guests are detected, the body instinctively knows that a higher temperature will create an inhospitable environment that will kill the bad stuff. Thus the fever is actually the body’s way of healing.