If, When and How to Treat
Childhood Fevers

Learn the Standard Medical and
Naturopathic Guidelines

(they are not so different)
to safely and confidently
nurse your family through fevers

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Chapter 1:

"Welcome to my sofa!":
Introduction to this Online Course

Chapter 1, Video 2:

Some Guidelines about Guidelines

Chapter 2:

What are the 'Red Flag' symptoms that may suggest your child needs immediate medical attention?

Chapters 3-10:

What do you get when you pay for
the rest of this course?

2 hours of videos in small bite size chunks of no more than 20 mins at a time

Chapter 3

What is a Fever?

• Brief History of the Study of Fevers

• The Definition of a Fever

• How high is too high?

Consideration of various methods to measure your child’s temperature

Chapter 4

The Benefits of Fevers

• How our bodies regulate temperature

• Visible changes when your child has a fever

• Benefits you can’t see during fevers

Some of the most common causes of childhood fevers

Chapter 5

Anti – pyretics
(fever medicines)

• A brief history of anti-pyretics

• Aspirin

• Paracetamol / Acetaminophen

• Ibuprofen

• Use for treating ‘distress’ & pain

Do not use both Paracetamol / Acetaminophen & Ibuprofen

Chapter 6

Fevers in newborn infants

• The Blood Brain Barrier

• The importance of Breastfeeding

Guidelines for the use of anti-pyretics for fevers that result from childhood vaccinations

Chapter 7

Most Common Fears about Fevers:

Fear of high temperatures

Febrile Convulsions
(Fever Fits)

Meningitis - early warning signs

Chapter 8

General Good Practice for the Care of Children with Fevers

Chapter 9

Commonly Used Homeopathic Remedies for Fevers

Chapter 10

Summary from Guidelines to Danish Family Doctors

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During this online course, you may be surprised to learn that
what  you thought was the standard treatment for fevers is in fact the opposite of what is recommended

by:
the medical evidence,
the NHS (the UK National Health Service),
the American Academy of Paediatrics,
and the World Health Organisation;
and that the treatment most parents give their child for fever may in fact be making your child's illness worse, last longer, and be harming their long term health.

The Problem: 'Fever Phobia'

'Fever Phobia' = The irrational and exaggerated fear of fever

Myth: The popular misconception is that fevers are bad, especially for babies and children.

Fact: The truth is that fevers are a fundamental part of our immune system,
and are one of the most important protective mechanisms we have.

Unfortunately however, 'fever phobia' exists in all sectors of society, including among medical professionals,  and studies have shown that in recent decades, this fear has only gotten worse.

As a result, fever is one of the most common ailments seen by health care providers, accounting for about 1/3 of all presenting conditions in children, and children's fever medicines such as Calpol, Tylenol and Children's Neurophen and Ibuprofen, have become some of the most popular over the counter medicines.

Unfortunately however, overdosing and accidental poisonings from such medicines have also become more common place, which is very worrying, especially when you consider that it only takes a doubling of the recommended dose for some of these medicines to become very toxic.

There are also a number of rare but real 'red flag' situations where a child with other symptoms, that may nor may not occur with a fever, could be in real danger and need urgent medical attention.  These situations might be rare, but it is important that as a parent or a carer, you are aware of them and able to spot warning signs as early as possible.

The Solution: Education

Standard medical guidelines state that fever medicines (anti-pyretics) should not be used to try to reduce a temperature, as this has been found to prolong the duration of the illness, worsen the illness, and lead to an increased risk of allergies, asthma, eczema and autism.

Despite these facts, however, popular myths about fever continue, and the results are only harming our children, and their long term health.

The costs of these health burdens, both personally within our own families, and nationally for our health services, is immeasurable, but must be in the millions, if not billions, especially when we think about the amount of time we may need to talk off from paid work to look after our sick children.

All of this has lead one Doctor to state:

Wouter H Havinga, General PractitionerBritish Medical Journal, 7 June 1997, Issue 314. p. 1692

"I think that paracetamol should be taken off the market...
If this was done to coincide with a national campaign explaining the benefits of fever then it would have a major educational effect on the general public.  Consequently, this would reduce the number of consultations in general practice considerably and would probably enhance the health of the nation".


Well, it's not for me to take paracetamol, or any other fever medication, off the market, but I can help educate you on If, When and How to Treat Childhood Fevers.

Studies show that educating parents, grandparents and other carers about fevers, "increases their satisfaction, comfort, and confidence", and can lead to a "30% to 35% decrease in visits (to Doctors) for fever and a 20% to 25% decrease in all visits for acute problems".

More importantly, basic education about childhood fevers can help your child to feel better, recover quicker, and improve their long term health.

So in a time of austerity and cuts to our health services, and when Jamie Oliver starts a campaign to tax sugar, with billboards stating:

Save the NHS from a Sickly Sweet Death
Tax Sugar​

... maybe it's time for us to see billboards stating:​

Save the NHS from Burning Money:
Ban Calpol and Fight Fever Phobia​

Outside of the United Kingdom, a similar billboard might read:

Fevers are a Blessing not a Curse:
Ban Tylenol and Fight Fever Phobia​

So for all these reasons and more, this is why I've created this online course.  I hope you like it and can learn from it so that you and your family can benefit from it.

Yours for fighting fever phobia,

Jennifer Hautman
BA (Hons), MA, BSc (Hons), RSHom

Why should you pay for this course?

Given that all the information contained in this course is available for free on internet, why should you bother to pay me for it?  Well, it's a question of time.

Childhood fevers have been a special interest for me, both personally and professionally for many years.  My son is now 7 (he's had many fevers over years), before that I trained to be a natural healthcare provider for 5 years, and I've been in practice for 6 years.  In that time, I've helped hundreds of families to better understand how to improve their health, including supporting their children with fevers.  

In the past year especially, since I had the idea to make this course, I've been researching childhood fevers and fever medication in much more depth in the medical literature, pulled out the most relevant information, translated it from the medical jargon and figured out how to present it all to you in a way that is easily accessible and understandable. 

I've done all of this for you, so that you don't have to.​

At the end of it all, my aim is to teach you, in a very short amount of time, how to raise happier and healthier children, which will save you from future sick days off work & school, saving you more time & money to spend with your family, and, I hope, saving you from a lot of worry. 

So the question is: Can you afford not to buy this course?

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Features of this course:

Online

Learn at you own pace, in your own time - or rather - whenever you can.  Getting your 'own time' when you have a young family is not always easy, so this course is made in small bite size chunks so you can easily pause to deal with any 'interruptions'.

Any device

Watch, read and learn on any device - computer, smart phone or tablet - any time, any where (yes that includes on the loo, in bed, in the park, and in the laundry cupboard).

Learn

This course uses a variety of learning styles so that you can quickly and easily get, and remember, the information you need to make healthy informed choices for your family.

Life Skills

Learn life skills that will benefit you and your family for the rest of your, and their, lives.  This is exactly how many practitioners start out, learning the basics and helping their family and friends.  You never know where this training could lead.

Why Fevers?

  • Fevers are one of the most important defence mechanisms we have against any illness.
  • They are a crucial part of our children’s developing immune systems.
  • Fevers are how our bodies have evolved to fight infection.
  • Childhood fevers, well managed, can help our children feel better quicker,
    make childhood diseases less severe,
    and can protect our children from more serious chronic ailments in the future.
  • While this course is about how to manage fevers in children aged 0-5 years old,
    the principles apply to all ages.

This course if for you if:

  • You have any anxiety about childhood fevers.
  • You are concerned that high temperatures or convulsions might harm your child.
  • You want to feel confident that you are 'doing the right thing' for your child(ren) when they have fevers.
  • You want to be able to trust your instincts without them being overpowered by fear and panic.
  • You want to be able to clearly explain your decisions to other family members.
  • You want to know what the Standard Medical Guidelines are and really understand why they are given.
    - You may be surprised to find they do not fit with 'popular understanding'.
  • You want to know the 'red flag' signs that may suggest urgent medical intervention is needed and why.
  • You also want to know what naturopathic approaches you can safely and effectively use to treat fevers.
AHMother of 2.5 yr old girl.

"I have attended a workshop by Jennifer Hautman - absolutely excellent.  Very accessible, very helpful, very thorough.  Also reassuring and empowering; if you have any level of interest - do it! 
You will be doing yourself and importantly, your child(ren), a world of good!
  : ) "

This course might not be for you if:

You are already very familiar with the UK NICE Guidelines for treating childhood fevers.

You are already very familiar with American, Danish and other guidelines for treating childhood fevers.

You already know about homeopathy and naturopathy and are experienced with using both.

You already know what the most common causes of fevers are in children under 5 years old.

None of the statements below come as a surprise to you:

Quotes from medical experts:

UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence2013

"Do not use antipyretic agents (fever medicines including Calpol, Ibuprofen, Neurofen, Tylenol and Paracetamol)
with the sole aim of reducing body temperature in children with fever"...

"Antipyretic agents do not prevent febrile convulsions and should not be used specifically for this purpose"

US National Library of MedicineMedline Plus 2014

"Fever is an important part of the body's defence against infection.  Most bacteria and viruses that cause infections in people thrive best at 98.6F.  Many infants and children develop hight fevers with mild viral illnesses.  Although a fever signals that a battle might be going on in the body, the fever is fighting for, not against the person.

Brain damage from a fever generally will not occur unless the fever is over 107.6F (42C).  Untreated fevers caused by infection will seldom go over 105F unless the child is overdressed or trapped in a hot place.

Febrile seizures do occur in some children.  Most febrile seizures are over quickly and do not mean your child has epilepsy.  These seizures also do not cause any permanent harm"​

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003090.htm​

 Robert Mendelsohn, MDPediatrician

"If your child contracts an infection, the fever that accompanies it is a blessing, not a curse
It occurs because of the spontaneous release of pyrogens that cause the body temperature to rise.  This is a natural defence mechanism that our bodies employ to fight disease.  The presence of fever tells you that the repair mechanisms have gone into high gear... A rising body temperature simply tells you that the process of healing is speeding up.  It is something to rejoice over, not to fear".
How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of your Doctor

 Hippocrates, c. 460-370 BCClassical Greek Physician and Father of Western Medicine

"Give me the power to produce fever and I'll cure all disease"

Blumenthal MRCP DCHJournal of the Royal Society of Medicine,
 July 1997, Vol 90, p. 391-394

"Despite the evidence that fever can serve a protective function, old habits die hard.  The use of anti-pyretics is particularly worrying in children, whose (normal) body temperatures are higher than those of adults in both health and disease. 

Currently, vast health service resources are squandered by unnecessary consultations and hospital admissions because parents harbour a misplaced fear of fever
.

Moreover, the unnecessary use of anti-pyretics is not without risk.  Paracetamol (also called Acetaminophen) toxicity can occur at doses less than twice those usually recommended and only a little above the higher doses (20 mg/kg) often used for fever relief.
The total daily dose should not exceed 100 mg/kg...

We know that the behaviour of parents can be effectively modified by education and reassurance about fever.  We must now see whether the prescribing habits of a generation of doctors can likewise be changed for the better"


  Tetyana Obukhanych PhDImmunologist

"Parents who want to take responsibility into their own hands for their children's health can choose a personal health model that starts with breastfeeding, high quality nutrition, avoidance of fever suppressing medications and homeopathy".
www.tetyanaobukhanych.com

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