My 6 month old had a fever the other night....I have a copy of Dr. Mendelson's How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of your Doctor which I refer to frequently.
He emphasizes that a fever is a good thing, and a sign that the body's immune system is kicking in. He recommends NOT giving fever reducing medicine, or doing anything to bring down the fever, but letting it run its course. He also suggests that most bacterial infections can be handled by our bodies and do not require antibiotics, where the risks can outweigh the benefits.
So, when my 6 month old got a fever, we went to the dr (we live in a malaria area so we always do a malaria check if any of us gets a fever) - she said it's just a bacterial infection and gave us an antibiotic.
The next night, my baby was awake several times in the night with a fever of around 103. I kept going back and forth about whether i should give tylenol and antibiotic or not...in the end, I decided not to, the baby was fine the next morning and hasn't had a fever since.
My husband and mom don't understand my hesitation to give tylenol and are always making me question my choices to not give meds.
How do you handle fevers in your little ones? DO you let them run their course, or give medicine? Are you confident in the way you handle these illnesses?