What Should I Do About My Child's Fever? | Children's Health

What Should I Do About My Child’s Fever?

Life By Design

The winter months are upon us bringing cooler temperatures, reduced time outdoors, and less sunshine… this also means a higher incidence of illness for our family members.

One of the most common questions I get from patients is “What should I do about my child’s fever?”


Fever is an increase in body temperature compared to the average temperature.

This elevation is a natural response and can be commonly caused by exposure to a virus or bacteria and less commonly attributed to heat stroke, poisoning or other factors.

The most important piece of information every parent needs to understand is that FEVER IS A NORMAL RESPONSE.

When the body increases temperature it is a purposeful part of the healing process.


The answer to this question is at the root of why the majority of parents are fearful of their child having a raging fever.

There’s no question, if you’ve seen your little one struggling, burning up and crying… it’s a natural instinct to want to help them.

But… by decreasing the body’s response to an impending infection, you’re doing more harm than good. It’s not the fever that is a problem, it’s the underlying problem that is the issue.

To put your mind at ease even The National Institutes of Health states that fever under 107 degrees is unlikely to cause brain damage and febrile seizures although scary do not cause any permanent harm.

That said, there are rare cases where your child’s fever is a sign of a more serious problem. Cases such as:

  • respiratory distress
  • temperatures over 100 in kids under 3 months
  • stiff neck or listlessness
  • known poisoning
  • fever for multiple days


For the vast majority of cases, the answer is nothing.

At least nothing other than make your child feel comfortable. Artificially attempting to lower the body temperature will inhibit the body’s immune response and alter the natural healing process.

This applies to both anti-fever medication as well as cold compresses and tubs.

The point is… your child’s fever is on purpose.  And unless it’s a signal something more serious is happening, getting out of the way is the best approach to ensuring they move along the healing process as fast as possible and end up healthier as a result.

Monitor your child, support their functioning body with water, nutrient dense foods if hungry, rest and give them plenty of attention and love.

This is an important article that can help thousands of parents and grandparents just like you start to understand how to best address a child’s fever intelligently and confidently.

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Dr. Michael Gibson has committed himself to helping others to live the best life possible. After graduating with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, he received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and Masters of Science in Chiropractic Sports Science from Life University. He is the co-creator of Life By Design, owner of The Wellness Group, and co-owner of CrossFit 613. His passion for empowering families runs deep. After experiencing the loss of his sister due to illness, Michael’s purpose became reaching and teaching as many as possible the foundational principles of an extraordinary life. Since that time he has passionately pursued and been successful in living out his dream. He maintains a busy family chiropractic practice, a full speaking schedule and finds time to implement the principles and practices of Life By Design in his own life.