A Reminder that Fever is Harmless
Advanced Pediatrics was very pleased to be contacted by a reporter from Suite 101.com to discuss the recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) campaign to remind families that fever is not a harmful symptom.
Suite 101.com is rated as one of the top 10 blog spots and receives 28 million hits a month, so we were especially pleased that we could get our message out to over 300 million people a year.
Here is our interview, we hope you find it informative and helpful.
Our key points are:
- Fever remains a fearsome symptom for two key reasons:
- For most of human history, infections were the number one cause of death in childhood, causing as many as one in four children to pass.
- Even today, fever makes everyone feel terrible.
- Fever today should no longer create fear for two key reasons:
- In the US and the rest of the developed world, death from infection is now very, very rare in childhood. Fever no longer indicates a likely hazard.
- Fever, although uncomforrable, is not dangerous. Everyone gets fevers, everyone. With almost no exceptions, fever itself causes no actual harm.
- More important to be concerned about than fever are signs of serious infection: Stiff neck, trouble getting air in and out of the chest, severe pain, worrisome rashes.
Dr. Arthur Lavin
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