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By Katie Mae Stanley, Contributing Writer
You have a fever, what do you do?
Do you pop a fever reducer to help it go down or do let the fever run its course?
Here’s the deal, fevers are not inherently bad. They are letting us know that there is something wrong with our body. It is the body’s way of fighting off the infection.
Let’s look at some reason why you might not want to treat a fever and 5 ways to treat a fever naturally before you decide to go the conventional route.
Reasons You Might Not Want to Treat a Fever
Fever reducers prevent the body from doing its job to heal the body. (Read more here)
Fever reducers can potentially harm the body. (Read more here) There are situations where fevers may spike even higher once the effects of the reducer wear off to heal the body.
There are times when you do want to treat a fever:
- When a fever is over 104.5. If it is over 105 and showing no signs of going down with natural treatment consider a trip to the ER.
In children between the ages of 3 months to 3 years with a temperature of 102.4 or higher.
In babies under 3 months with temperature or 100.4 or higher.
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5 Ways to Treat a Fever Naturally
1. Stay Comfortable
Staying comfortable is one of the best ways to treat a fever. For some it may be bundling in warm clothing. Sweating a fever out can be a good thing that allow the fever to do it’s work and rid your body of the infection building.
For others, it may be wearing light, loose clothing. If you become chilled be sure to put on more layers.
2. Keep Hydrated
Keeping hydrated is a must! Often when you have a fever you have a loss of apatite. When our bodies are fighting off infection this is normal but you can not stop drinking fluids. It is very easy to become dehydrated when sick.
Dehydration can be a greater danger than the fever itself. Choose beverages that will nourish and heal your body.
Here are a few ways to keep hydrated:
Bone broth is one of God’s gift to man. It is full essential vitamins and minerals that aid in healing and nourishing the body. Sip on a cup of bone broth a few times a day to stay hydrated and to speed the healing process.
If you don’t have bone broth consider mixing gelatin from grass-fed cows to tea.
Electrolyte drinks such as Ginger Sports Drink, Sparkling Vanilla “Soda”, or plain coconut water keep your body hydrated. If you are not able to make your own please buy coconut water and not the sports drinks from the store. They can cause a world of harm.
Herbs such and elderflower and catnip work with your body to lower fevers naturally. They taste much better when combined with peppermint or ginger.
Popsicles are a fun way to stay hydrated! Try our Cooling Lemon Chamomile Popsicles, they are full of electrolytes and soothing herbs.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
- Take a warm bath with 1 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. Dip your socks in a mixture of 1 part water to 2 parts apple cider vinegar. (Or a towel.) Place them on your feet and cover with a plastic bag. Leave on overnight or for several hours.
Rest is very important. Fevers cause you to take notice and slow down. Allow yourself grace, do not press yourself.
Rest allows your body to heal more quickly. Apply the tips from above, take a nap, cuddle your little ones if they are sick, or watch a movie.
There will be time to do what you need to have done later. If you stay busy your body will take longer to heal, meaning that you will have less energy to finish your to-do list.
5. Consider Homeopathy
While homeopathy is not the first route me take, if you or your child can not rest and your do feel the need to give medicine try homeopathy before reaching for a fever reducer. Ferrum phosphoricum may offer the relief you need.
Remember you know your body and your child best. In the end, do what your instinct tells you and what is right for your family.
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