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 It was published in 1984 and some of the information might be outdated, so I wanted to check something with the fine minds here on MDC.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?