9 Myths about Winter Illnesses

9 myths that people believe about illnesses...and why they are not accurate or true.

Myth #2: Fevers are always very, very bad



The Facts:

Experts feel that fever has actually gotten a bad rap. “Fever is, in a way, a good thing. It’s a reflection of the body mounting its own defences to fight off infection,” notes Dr. Robert Bortolussi, professor of pediatrics at Halifax’s Dalhousie University, and chair of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Infection and Immunization Committee. Discomfort can be eased with a mild painkiller such as acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol or Tempra).

Very young children between six months and five years run the risk of suffering a febrile seizure as a result of a sharply increased temperature, and for kids in this age range, Dr. Bortolussi recommends a sponge bath in lukewarm water [90°F (32.2°C) to 95°F (35°C)] . Do not use cold water, ice, or rubbing alcohol, which will lower the child’s body temperature too quickly. Sponge for 20 to 30 minutes, stopping if the child starts to shiver. If your child doesn’t like the sponge bath or doesn’t feel better after the bath, there is no need to give another one.

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3 responses to “9 Myths about Winter Illnesses”

  1. denis says:

    Myth #5. Wanna bet. It put me in bed for almost two weeks within 2 days of getting the shot, Never had another flu shot. Use Vitamin D3 instead.

  2. Kimberly Gutkind-Santos says:

    Everyone is different and to say that you cannot get the flu from the flu shot is a complete myth. To say otherwise is crazy……. Both my daughter and I just had physicals and we were 100% healthy, then we had the flu shot and we both were diagnosed with the flu within 24-48 hrs after the flu shot. This was not a one time thing either this happened 3 years in a row. So YES having the flu shot CAN give you the flu!!!!!!!! BTW we were both sick for at least 2 weeks every time……. We never had the flu shot again and have never had the flu again. It’s been over 5 years since then!

  3. Ettina says:

    Of course you need to be exposed to the virus, but getting cold weakens your immune system and makes it more likely that the exposure will lead to actual illness. Same with stress, other health issues, poor diet, etc. All of those can lower your resistance to whatever illness you’ve been exposed to.