Dr. Robert Mendelsohn's info re: childhood fevers - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 4 Old 10-20-2008, 04:20 PM - Thread Starter
 
peainthepod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chasing sanity
Posts: 2,342
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi, everyone. I just read How to Raise a Healthy Child...In Spite of Your Doctor by Robert S. Mendelsohn, MD. It was published in 1984 and some of the information might be outdated, so I wanted to check something with the fine minds here on MDC.

In Chapter 7, "Fevers: Your Body's Defense against Disease" (pp 73-88), he states that "Untreated fevers caused by viral and bacterial infections do not rise inexorably and will not exceed 105 degrees...Fevers produced by viral or bacterial infections will not cause brain damage or permanent physical harm...Your child's cold, influenza, or any other infection will not produce a fever that exceeds 106 degrees, and below that level the fever will not produce any lasting harm."



Is this true? He then goes on to explain that febrile seizures aren't caused by high temperatures, but by a rapid rise from normal temperature to fever, and that febrile convulsions, while scary, aren't dangerous in the long run. (He does clarify that fevers caused by poisoning or heatstroke can exceed 106 degrees and can be very dangerous, even lethal.)

This is contrary to everything anyone has ever told me about fever, but the book is so salty and full of awesome common sense wisdom that I want to believe him. I know letting a fever run its course is a great way to allow the human body to successfully and permanently fight infection, but is it really true that if your child is running a 105-degree fever, you don't need to rush to the ER or at least try to bring it down?

What do you think?

Loving wife partners.gif and mama to my sweet little son coolshine.gif (Fall 2008) and a beautiful baby girl babyf.gif(Fall 2010)

 

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. --George Bernard Shaw

peainthepod is offline  
#2 of 4 Old 10-20-2008, 04:43 PM
 
nalo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Seattle-ish
Posts: 2,587
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yes, I agree with this. However, I certainly wouldn't do *nothing* for a high fever - just not tylenol or something. Natural Family Living is a fabulous book and has lots of good ideas for helping the body to lower its temp naturally while not interfering with the work the fever is doing.

Still a sleepy mama to my fabulous 2 year old girl
nalo is offline  
#3 of 4 Old 10-20-2008, 06:59 PM
 
Panserbjorne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: The Great North
Posts: 12,080
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I agree 100%. We don't treat fevers, however I do treat discomfort. I don't generally use much beyond homeopathy because it's just so effective for our family. I wouldn't worry about a high fever unless the child is really uncomfortable and then I would give the appropriate remedy.
Panserbjorne is offline  
#4 of 4 Old 10-21-2008, 01:55 AM
 
deditus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: In the LandOLakes missin the mitten
Posts: 2,986
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Goodness, yes! And how I wish this was accepted at the time. My poor dh was put on phenobarbital as a child because of his febrile seizures (that his parents were told to treat by putting him in cold water with ice.

Emily, cooking allergen free, knitting, reading, gardening Mom to 1 beautiful girl, born in the water on July 1, 2006 Wife to 1 handsome man since September 10, 2005
deditus is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off