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Links to Think: 13.09.30

September 30, 2013


Fever in Children: Facts You Must Know – My Microbiology professor was an adamant supporter of letting fevers do their job, which is a notion that often runs counter to immediate reactions. With the recent news on the dangers of overuse (or misuse) of acetaminophen and other fever-reducing drugs, this is a concise article giving some helpful explanation (though certainly some with unique health needs must follow a differing course).


“Many parents fear their child getting a fever, or have “fever phobia.” I certainly can understand why. Kids can do crazy things when they get fevers. They don’t sleep well, eat poorly, and behave strangely. Some children can even have seizures due to a quick spike in body temperature. So it isn’t surprising that beginning as early as the pre-natal consultation, parents ask questions about what to do when their child gets a fever.

Concern about childhood fevers is long-standing in our history. Fever superstitions and ancient fever remedies are ribboned throughout all cultures. For example, Romans would trim the fingernails of those affected with fever. Using wax to attach the fingernail clippings to a neighbor’s front door was thought to transmit the fever to that household. Note: Do not have ancient Romans as neighbors. And, even today, I will occasionally see children whose elders have used a method called cupping to literally suck the fever out of them. “

“3. Fevers do not have to be treated with medication. Fevers help the body fight infection. Treating a fever is only necessary when you think your child is uncomfortable. The goal of administering antipyretic (anti-fever) medications is not to get a high temperature back to “normal.” They are simply medications to make your child feel better.”


Quirky Portraits From the National Beard and Mustache Championships – Beard fan or not, these are pretty laugh-worthy.



13 INCREDIBLY SEXIST ADS FROM THE FIFTIES – To me, these ads are also incredibly telling. It is also interesting how within just a generation or two, we already look back with shock and surprise. (It seems that number 5 speaks loudly to how this was a prevailing attitude of the culture, and very much ingrained in how to respond to woman and children.)

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