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Why We NEVER Use Tylenol or Advil for a Fever | Chiropractor in Ottawa

240px-PinkLakeWhen was the last time you or your children had a fever?

Earlier this week I had chills and fever and I knew that a simple (but painful) injury was growing into a bigger problem.  A few weeks ago, my eldest daughter had a fever that accompanied a viral infection. Watch this video to learn how walking around Pink Lake in Gatineau Park reminds me of why we NEVER give our children Tylenol or Advil when they have a fever.  If you watch to the end you will see my youngest daughter’s shenaningans…..always the performer.

 

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Warm Regards, (but no fevers…)

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  1. I subscribe to that, up until bedtime. Then I think it’s important for the child (and the parents!) to be comfortable enough to get a good night’s sleep. And while I’m glad your kids have never had a febrile seizure, you can bet the parents of those who have had one follow their sick kid around with Tylenol in one hand and Advil in the other! I’ve seen some pretty freaked-out parents over the years. I’m sure you saw one or two as well back in the day.

    • Steve, I love your feedback. Yes, I remember “back in the day” when I, like you, wore the paramedic uniform. Convulsions are scary. I also remember how the ER visit goes…a bit like croup. Go the the ER, wait an eternity (unless there is shortness of breath), get checked out, nothing to be done – go home. Many parents assume that seizures are associated with how high the fever gets and it isn’t. As you know, it’s how fast the fever climbs. Now my research “sample-size” is only two…two kids. They have had some seriously hot fevers and never a convulsion – they are so rare. If I had a crystal ball and knew for sure that Madeline or Ella was about to have a convulsion, would I give the Tylenol? Not yet. A tepid bath is miraculous. Works much faster than Tylenol and zero side-effects.
      As for bedtime….a fever has never prevented sleep in our house. Kid is sick, has a fever, goes to sleep. End of story. Nine times out of ten they wake up in the morning ready to go. As the day progresses, the fever often returns and the cycle is repeated for one to three days before it is finally over.
      When I was an RN, a nagging question that surrounded “as needed” medication like Tylenol or other pain meds (not to mention lorazepam and ativan) was, “Am I giving this drug for the patient’s sake…or my sake?”

      Finally – you didn’t bring this up but for the sake of other readers, the severity of the fever is NOT associated with severity of illness. In other words, a “smokin’ fever” doesn’t mean “really sick” nor does a low-grade fever mean “not too sick”. In fact the way I see it, I am always more concerned when Maddie or Ella have a low-grade fever that just chugs along and doesn’t get exciting. Seems like a weak response. I’d rather see a robust response. No data to support that but…

      Lastly, there is difference between what we perceive to be a high fever and what the research tells us. Ask around and you will get a variety of opinions on what is considered dangerously high. What we know is that 107 F is dangerous when it is sustained. Wow! That’s high. So if Maddie or Ella spike 104-105…I am watching carefully and I may run a tepid bath but I will trust. So far so good…BTW they seem to get sick a whole lot less often than their friends..

  2. I believe what you are doing is good as it is letting your children’s immune get stronger and do the job it was meant to do.

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