London: A high temperature can actually help children battle an illness, an American paediatrician has claimed.
According to Hannah Chow-Johnson, assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, the high fevers typical of many childhood illnesses can help force a child to slow down, rest and sleep more - all vital in recovering.
Chow-Johnson said she was often asked what to do about children with a high temperature.
“My most frequent calls are from worried parents who want to know how high is too high of a fever,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
“What many parents don’t realise is that often, fevers are their child’s friend.
“Fevers can actually help your child recover more quickly, especially if he or she is battling a viral illness.
“I often wish thermometers had a gauge that read either ‘fever’ or ‘no fever’.
“That would definitely help parents who worry if their child has a fever that’s too high,” she added.