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Information On Fevers

There are few emotions stronger than a parents' instinct when protecting their young.  Although well meant, sometimes the actions of a parent may affect their child's health in a negative way. For this reason, I have provided this information on FEVERS for my patients.

To start out, a fever is not a disease by rather a symptom of an illness. Since the introduction of "anti-fever" drugs such as Tylenol, many adults have developed an inherent fear regarding childhood fevers.

The simple fact is that Fever is ESSENTIAL to a normally functioning body and lack of the body to initiate a fever can cause the underlying infection or viral infection to thrive.

Controversy surrounding the management of fever causes anxiety for parents, because they are not completely sure what to do when their child has one.

It may help parents to remember that fever is only one part of the picture of an illness. In fact, for children under eight years of age, and especially for infants, the severity of a fever is an unreliable indicator of the severity of the child's illness.

For example, infants and toddlers can be very sick with a low or even subnormal temperature. Conversely, children three to eight years old can be running about quite cheerfully with a fairly impressive fever. The important thing is how your child is acting, not the thermometer reading.

Defining Fever

First, let's define normal body temperature. Most people say 98.6°F (37°C) is normal, but this doesn't account for individual variations or the fact that kids tend to run slightly hotter than adults. So given such facts, you can consider any temperature between 97°F and 99.4°F (36°C and 37.4°C) as normal.

Consumption of hot food, recent exercise, over bundling, hot weather, or an overheated room can drive body temperature up a degree or two. Body temperature also varies during the course of the day, and, with teenaged girls, the menstrual cycle.

Parents should also note that fevers usually hit their highest point in the late afternoon.

Conversely, kids often have their lowest temperature of the day early in the morning.  So don't panic at 4 p.m. when your child's fever rises slightly; this does not necessarily forebode a raging fever. On the other hand, if your child has a low-grade fever upon awakening, you may want to keep them home so their body can rest without the added physical and emotional stressors of their daily activities.

 

Our chiropractic office educates our patients in lifestyle changes that compliment their spinal care. Chiropractic spinal adjustments strengthen areas of the spine and restore impaired nerve flow. Subluxations occur when vertebra misalign irritating delicate spinal nerves. Spinal adjustments remove the nerve pressure and restore function to the body. Chiropractic spinal adjustments by our chiropractors help you live your life to its fullest through a properly functioning nervous system. When your nervous system is functioning properly you express life to your fullest. Chiropractic spinal adjustments enable you to express your God given health potential and to live your life to fullest capabilities. Neck pain, back pain, sciatica, reduced immunity, ear infections, decreased energy, stomach disorders, asthma, allergies, sinus problems, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder problems, sports injuries, spinal disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, numbness, pain, are just some of the signs of improper function in the body and conditions that benefit from Chiropractic spinal adjustments. Don't delay and wait for a spinal problem to develop before you seek out Chiropractic care. Get a Chiropractic spinal adjustment and deal with the cause of your problems rather than masking it with medications which often deal just with the symptoms. Whether you are feel great and want to ensure a healthy and fully functional future or if you are in pain and seek the safe and effective proven results of Chiropractic spinal adjustments, you owe it to yourself to have a spinal check up and to start down the healthy road of lifetime Chiropractic care.

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