Is Fever Beneficial?

  • #x203A; Fever has a long evolutionary history, which by itself supports the hypothesis that fever is an adaptive host response to infection.

  • › There is considerable evidence that fever promotes host defense against infection.

  • › Complications and mortality associated with high fever >40°C are closely related to the severity of the underlying disease, not to the level of fever.

  • › Fever is effectively controlled by the hypothalamic centre and therefore does not climb up relentlessly. Temperatures >42°C are often caused by hyperthermia, not by fever.

  • › If the febrile child is comfortable, there is little reason to support the practice of routine use of antipyretic medication.

  • › Parental education is critical in the management of the febrile child.

  • › Antipyretics do not prevent febrile seizures.

  • › There is a conflict between research evidence supporting a positive role of fever and the demands of current practice that fever be abolished.


Febrile Seizure Sodium Salicylate Febrile Episode Febrile Convulsion Febrile Child 
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