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When our children get sick it can be a very scary and stressful event for the child and parents. A fever is a natural response that is initiated by the brain to heat the body to a condition beyond what a virus, bacteria, parasite, fungus, or other immune challenges can survive in.
Pharmaceutical efforts used to bring a fever down rely on chemicals to kill pathogens. Antipyretics (fever reducing drugs) cause the hypothalamus (area of the brain that talks to the glands of the body) to override a brain-induced increase in temperature. The body will then work to lower the temperature and the result is a reduction in fever.
But what happens if your child does not respond to the medication or he/she is allergic to the medication? How often does your child get sick? How often do you find yourself filling the prescription for another antibiotic. There are harmful side effects to your child every time they take antibiotics, one of them being a decrease in immunity.
Is there a healthier way of reducing a fever or better yet getting your child's brain to detect the immune challenge thus increasing his/her total immunity as they get older?
The following are Dr. Singer's approach towards eliminating a fever: