Debunking Myths About Fever In Children

People tend to panic when they or their loved ones get a fever. Especially parents, when their child suffers from fever or illness. Fever can affect us due to the unhealthy behavior of environment and due to infections.

While we end up getting ill, people tend to share their experience and their battle with fever to motivate and cheer you up. Many times, parents cheer their child by spreading positive environment around them. Noone likes medicines and injections every time!

Many parents have misconceptions and superstitious thoughts about fever which is why they tend to take extra care of their child. As they never want their child to suffer from what that can hurt them most, parents tend to develop fever phobias in them.

fever phobias in parents

Fever is always seen as negative behavior in a human body, especially in children. It is believed that fever can affect children’s cognitive functioning but does it really affect development? We have no idea! But, this is just a negative part. Interestingly, Do you know falling ill can actually help your child’s body to function properly that can fight efficiently against any internal problems? Yes! That’s true.

People often misunderstand fever with various diseases and end up developing various myths that can sometimes be true.

Usual, y people tend to mistake fever due to their past experiences. But, wait! Not everytime, you can experience the same thing. Studies prove that every child has different body functioning and immunity that helps them fight their health problems.

Myths And Facts About Fever:

1. Myth: All fever is treated with fever medicines.

Fact: Fever can require treatment when it causes irritation or pain to the child. Most fever doesn’t require medication unless the temperature in a child rises above 102 °F (above 39 °C).

2. Myth: A child’s body temperature is warm, he has fever.

Facts: That can not be true. A child’s temperature can rise due to many reasons such as excess playing, playing in a hot weather, crying and many more. A risen body temperature can be back to normal within 20 minutes. There are even possibilities that many of children, who act weak and sick can actually have fever. The best way to calm your thoughts is to check your child’s body temperature with a thermometer. You can check the fever by placing the thermometer in different parts of the body such as:

  • Under Arm pit: If the temperature rises than 99 °F, then your child might be suffering from fever.
  • Rectal, forehead or ear: If the body temperature rises more than 100.4°F, then your child might be suffering from fever.
  • Oral (mouth): If body temperature is 100°F or more, then your child might be having fever.

Oral Temperature Check

3. Myth: Fever can cause brain damage if the temperature rises above 104°F

Fact: Infectious fevers don’t damage brain. It is rare that body temperature goes above 108°F and that can cause brain damage. This can occur when the temperature of air is higher, causing fever. Temperature below 108°F does not damage a child’s cognitive functioning.

4. Myth: All fevers are harmful to children.

Fact: No they are not! Fever can help boosting child’s immune system that help combating infections caused due to the presence of bacteria and various viruses. Fevers ranging between 100° to 104° F are normal and are good for their health as the body works on fighting the infection.

5. Myth: Fever keeps rising if not treated.

Fact: False, infectious fever can be harmless! Most fever caused to the body are between 103° to 104°F. There are rare times, when the temperature goes up to 105° or 106°F.

6. Myth: Fever can be serious if medications does not affect it.

Fact: Everything takes time to show results, so is medicines. The fever that doesn’t get affected due to medicines can be due to various bacteria or viruses. Such bacterial and viral fever take time to get affected by medicines.

7. Myth: Medication can bring down fever.

Fact: Medicines can bring down by 2° or 3° F. The effect is temporary and there are chances that fever will rise again after 3-4 hours.

8. Myth: There are possibilities of seizures due to fever.

Fact: There have been rare cases where children have had seizures with fever. As per reports, 4% of children can have seizures with their fever.

9. Myth: Once treated with medicines, fever should stay down.

Fact: The most viral infections last for 2 or 3 days and it is normal. The effect of medicines is not permanent that can allow harmful bacteria’s and infections to cause fever again in a child.

10. Myth: It is very important to have a exact fever temperature.

Fact: No they are not. What’s more important is your child’s health. Temperature does not matter, what matters the weakness that makes a child look and acts sick.

11. Myth: Fever is harmful if it causes seizures.

Fact: Seizures are very difficult to watch but they don’t last more than 5 minutes. They do not harm children and doesn’t affect their learning skills, speech delays in them.

12. Myth: Fever can be termed as low grade if the temperature is between 98.7° to 100° F.

Fact: A true low grade fever is between 100° to 102° F. The temperature of the body keeps on fluctuating whole day and such temperatures are normal. There might be a time when the temperature will be low, and after few hours it might rise.

13. Myth: Higher the fever, serious the cause.

Fact: The reason might or might not be serious if the fever is high. If your child experiences extreme sickness, then it can be serious. A child’s well-being is necessary, and if he/she faces any internal disturbance, it can be considered as serious.

High Fever

These are some of the myths, most parents follow and sometimes can bring them to the state of panic. One should understand that the main reason why the body temperature increases is because the body is working to fight infections.

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