When the flu season hits, many parents will be reaching for the cold compresses and medication to cool their feverish child.
But it seems a high temperature could actually help children battle an illness.
An American pediatrician has revealed the high fevers typical of many childhood illnesses can help force a child to slow down, rest and sleep more – all vital in recovering.
‘Fevers can actually help your child recover more quickly, especially if he or she is battling a viral illness.
Parents are advised to seek medical help if a child’s temperature reaches 104F (40C) or above. Fortunately most fevers are caused by a viral infection, and clear up on their own within a few days.