Dr. Diane Arnaout, MD, Pediatrician. Texas, USA
I love a good fever.
You read that right.
Those of you who are my patients are completely, absolutely, 100% tired of me saying it, right? Fever is our friend.
The process of a fever:
1) A germ (virus or bacteria) enters your body. One of your immune cells floating around notices it. It freaks out. It makes a whole bunch of chemicals to freak everybody else out. HIGH ALERT, EVERYONE!
2) The chemicals reach your brain (the hypothalamus, in particular). The hypothalamus says OK GUYS, GET THE ARMY OUT THERE, STAT. DO YOUR THANG. I'LL MAKE THIS PLACE REAL HOT TO HELP OUT!
3) The brain thermostat is set at a new number. Instead of 98 F, he’s now gonna re-set at 102 F.
4) Heart rate speeds up. Breathing speeds up. Blood vessels open, flush. The body is physically pushing the blood around faster, to get the white blood cells there quicker.
5) Muscles shiver, generating heat. You start making more immune cells. They travel around faster. They talk to each other more effectively. They “stick” to the bad guys better.
6) You feel cold, because your new “set” thermostat wants you to be 102F. You're not there yet, so your body is trying to get you there. You shiver. Your muscles ache.
7) Soon, the germ can’t replicate as much as it wants to. It can't divide and conquer. Maybe even its protective coating starts to break down a little bit.
After a few days of fever, you beat the germ! Thank you, glorious fever and fabulous immune system!
Understanding WHY we have fever will help you not fear it as much.
It's always been there—it has never evolved away. That must mean it DOES something, right?
Read more here (including when I do worry): https://www.checkupnewsroom.com/lets-learn-about-fevers/
Hang in there. This has been one of the toughest winters for kids' health that I have seen since starting practice 11 years ago.
Hugs. ❤ Dr. Diane Arnaout
Know better, do better
👉🏼 “Trying to smack down a fever when a child is sick, is like shooting your attack dog when someone is breaking into your house." —Suzanne Humphries, MD
I figured I would post this since I happen to know quite a few friends that are sick at the moment.
🤒 If you happen to acquire a fever, you should really try your best to ride it out. It is our body's first line of defense when it comes to fighting off infection. The infection simply cannot thrive in that environment.
💊⚠️ Most importantly, make sure that you are not turning to toxic anti-Inflammatories or Analgesics. Not only are they toxic to the liver, among other things, but they will only prolong your sickness.
Know better, do better, my friends. 🥰✨
For the parents out there, you know your child best. Judge each and every situation differently and also get in contact with an N.D. ( Naturopathic Doctor ) near you, so they can further assist you until you feel more comfortable and confident.
General guidance if your child is sick
Dr. Larry Palevsky, MD, pediatrician
“Do less. Stimulate less. Speak less. Eat less.”
“Drink more. Sleep more. Rest more. Breathe more.”
🛑 Stop your daily routine and encourage your child, and your family members, to rest. Provide a safe and comfortable environment for your child to process the illness.
🍵🫖Encourage plenty of fluids (water, tea, broth, soup, breast milk). If your child is on formula, you may need to either stop the formula completely, or feed fewer ounces through the illness.
📢 Turn the volume down. Reduce activity levels, noise, excitement, schedules, chores, and tasks to a minimum.
💡 Turn the lights down. Maintain a calm, quiet, peaceful environment for your child’s nervous system to heal.
🏡 Stay indoors; play quiet games. Going outside can be too much of an energetic overload for your child’s body when sick, and may prolong and intensify the stress on his body.
🛀 Give your child a warm bath, several times per day if necessary, and stay with your child as much as possible. Lay low, and watch your child closely. Be mindful of cool or cold drafts when getting out of the bath.
💊 Regarding supplements, it is best to stop most, if not all of the supplements that your child is taking. You will need to use your judgment in making this decision.
🍎🍊🍌 Do not force your child to eat. When children are sick or not feeling well, their digestive systems slow down. Food is one of the last things children are interested in when they have a fever or don’t feel well. Just ensure fluid intake, and don’t push foods. Their bodies will tell you when they are ready to start eating again. And, most importantly, avoid sugar, including juices, flour and dairy products, and fried foods, when your child is sick, as these foods tend to increase stress, dehydration, and mucus production in the body, which will prolong, or worsen, the course of illness.
🤪 Observe your child for mental status changes.
😎 Please remember that the resolution of illness can take some time. The more patience you have, the more closely you observe your child, and the more you efficiently remove the stressors in your child’s environments, the greater you will impact the length of recovery for your child’s illness.
⛔️ You may need to cancel plans, stay home, and not participate in previously planned activities so your child can rest and heal at home in her own comfortable, safe environment. The most important thing you can do as a parent is to provide your child with a safe environment in which healing can occur.
🧘 Make the first day your child feels better a slow day. Stay home and rest for the first 24 hours that the symptoms of illness have finally abated.
💜 Try not to rush back into the daily routine of life.
DR. LARRY PALEVSKY, MD, PEDIATRICIAN, AT A NYC MEDICAL FREEDOM RALLY
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Dr. Larry Palevsky, MD, Pediatrician testifies on the vaccine ingredients and their effects on children.