It’s that time of year again where colds are starting to spread like rapid fire. It’s tough to see your kids sick, especially when they have a fever. It’s even worse when you have a fever too. Believe me, I know, a feverish Mama with three sick girls and the rest healthy and running around is tough.
Next time someone in your house has a fever don’t immediately run for the doctor or pop a painkiller. Fevers can be beneficial. Now, I know you might think it sounds crazy but it’s true. They help you realize that something else is wrong. Fevers are the body’s natural defense system to destroy the infection, which is the real problem.
Before you do anything it is best to first recognize the underlining cause of the fever. Treat the illness first. I am a strong supporter for letting a fever run its course. There is no need contact your doctor until a fever is over 104.
You might wonder what the harm is in using over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen? They actually harm the body instead of aiding it. Drugs like these may lower the fever for a period of time but once the effects wear off fevers may spike even higher to get rid of the illness. When a fever is lowered synthetically it prevents the body from doing its job. Fever reducers weren’t made readily available until less than 100 years ago. Why turn to them now? Kate shared more about the dangers of using fever reducers in her post Fevers: Good or Bad?
In many traditional societies, it is still quite common to sweat out a fever. The Mexican mamas that I know make sure their children stay warm until the fever breaks. I think we can learn from these traditional mamas.
So, you’ve decided to forgo the fever suppressants now what?
Go with what is comfortable. Some of my girls prefer to bundle up while others like to wear light, loose-fitting clothing. I just check to be sure that they don’t get chilled. If they do I’ll have them put on something a little warmer.
Try some of these ideas:
- A warm bath with Epsom salts to soothe and relax the body.
- Wheat or rice bags with soothing herbs such as lavender, chamomile, and rosemary, in them, offer soothing comfort.
- Make your own massage oil of almond oil or olive oil with a few drops of essential lavender oil. Rub on temples, back, shoulders and forehead.
If your kids want to sleep, let them! Rest is one of the best medicines! Cuddle with your kids, read stories watch a movie. As long as they are up to it allow them to play or even go outside for a little while, as long as it’s not too cold. The fresh air will do everyone some good.
I cannot emphasize enough who pertinent it is to keep hydrated. Often when you have a fever you will have little appetite. Focus on keeping fluids in your body. Dehydration can be a greater danger than the fever itself.
My top three fluids are:
What more needs to be said about water?
There are different tea blends that you can make that will help heal and offer relief. Herbs to pick from would be elderflower, yarrow, ginger, and catnip. Some of these herbs do not have the greatest flavor but when combined with peppermint and sweetened with raw honey, they go down much easier. You could also try making popsicles out of one of these teas.
Bone broths are full of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to get well. Sipping a warm cup of bone broth a few times a day will give you extra strength and nutrition to speed up the healing process. Canned broth is not a sufficient substitute because it lacks the nutrients needed. Bone broths are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals that heal and nourish the body.
Boost the Immune System
Be sure to boost the immune system with foods such raw garlic, raw milk, breast milk and bone broth.
Take herbal tinctures to heal the body and strengthen the immune system. Echinacea, elderberries and olive leaves are perfect for this job.
No refined foods period! It is always important to avoid refined foods like white flours and sugars but it is even more vital when combating an illness. They will weaken the immune system making it hard to fight the illness.
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How to Lower Fevers Naturally
If you decide to lower your fever naturally here are some suggestions instead of using fever reducers:
- Take a warm bath with ¼ cup apple cider vinegar. Dry off and put on warm, comfortable clothes.
- A cool wet cloth with apple cider vinegar wrapped around feet also brings a fever down.
- Again herbal teas made from herbs such, as elderflowers and catnip will bring the fever down a bit.
- Stephanie from Keeper of the Home has used Ferrum phosphoricum, a homeopathic remedy with success.
What do you do when you or your child has a fever?
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