sure you're right, panadol can't 'stop' a seizure as in if it's already happening. But it sure as hell can prevent one. The meaning of febrile is HOT.
You can research something all you like, but at the end of the day if you are SEARCHING for the down-side of something because that's what you want to believe, that's what you will find! There are pro's and con's for absolutely anything in life, including NOT giving panadol for a fever.
Tepid baths cause vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessles, happens anytime we feel cold from an outside source) and induces shivering, therefore raising a temp even further. The latest research recomends we DO NOT use tepid baths. It is now recommended that the child be dressed lightly, not nude or in underwear as it has the same effect.
Short term use of the correct dose of paracetamol and iboprofin have NO longterm effects. and I might just add here that all those whitecells and the effect of the body fighting illness STILL happens if they have panadol, it just slows the process. The immune system STILL recognises the infective pathogen the next time it comes, so no it doesn't 'harm' it, or 'short-circuit' it. As I said, Anti-biotics are the ones that stop the immune system response, not panadol. Even as a health professional I don't recommend anti-biotics, but they do still have a time and a place and are necessary in some situations. Just like everything else in life has a time and a place.
I could go on and on here (already have), and of course someone who works in the nursing industry and someone who is alternate is not going to agree. It's quite obvious that many people have an distrust of most things that are introduced by the medical system (including immunisations). It's funny how these same things that have been introduced have saved millions of lives.
Anyway, that's it from me, you can sprout off as much as you like, but I've voiced my opinion. Obviously if I am to work in the medical profession I am going to have faith in it. Espeicially when I see the positive results that happen in my workplace. I'm very proud to contribute to that.
Have a happy life. I will.
[Edited on 10/01/2010]