How to Naturally Reduce A Fever

Healthy Living, Kid's Health

FEVER!!! An Important Part Of The Healing Process!

There is a common misconception that fevers are dangerous and you should decrease them as quickly as possible. However, it’s within your innate immune system that beneficially creates fever in order to fight against infections. Your body heats itself up to keep your body safe from invaders. In this article you will learn how to naturally reduce a fever as well as how to naturally treat a fever for adults and children alike. 

 

 

It is common practice to use anti-fever medications (antipyretics) when fever and viral infections occur, but unfortunately there is escalating evidence that that is not beneficial for your body or for others! In reality, we want to encourage fevers and manage them properly in order to allow for the body’s innate immune system to do its job and fight off pathogens.

“There is mounting evidence that the increase of 1 to 4°C in core body temperature that occurs during fever is associated with improved survival and resolution of many infections.”

Most fevers are not severe, are of short duration and actually protect the individual. Fever has also shown to support the individual in recovering faster from viral infections. A primary goal of treating a fever is to improve the child’s comfort rather than to normalize the body’s temperature as well as to maintain proper hydration.

 

“There is mounting evidence that the increase of 1 to 4°C in core body temperature that occurs during fever is associated with improved survival and resolution of many infections. For example, the use of antipyretic drugs to diminish fever correlates with a 5% increase in mortality in human populations infected with influenza virus and negatively affects patient outcomes in the intensive care unit.”

The use of antipyretic drugs to diminish fever correlates with a 5% increase in mortality in human populations infected with influenza virus and negatively affects patient outcomes in the intensive care unit.”

This explains that fevers actually boost the immune system to fight off invaders and help to get over the illness faster. On the flipside, when a fever is suppressed it increases the amount of viral shedding, thus keeping a person contagious and infected for longer. Thus, using antipyretics (fever reducing medications) actually increases the transmission of viruses to other children.

How to naturally treat a fever:

So, you or your child develops a fever, these are our professional recommendations:

  • Stay hydrated with water, herbal teas, unsweetened electrolyte beverages can be beneficial or homemade popsicles with coconut water
  • Eat lightly – broth and soups are best.
  • Rest!
  • Warming socks treatment every night before bed
  • If fever is making you too uncomfortable that you can’t maintain hydration and/or not able to sleep, it’s time to reduce the fever.

How to naturally reduce a fever:

  • Soak washcloths in vinegar (white or apple cider) and place one over the forehead, another over the abdomen
  • Take a lukewarm bath with about one cup of vinegar
  • Homeopathic remedies work very well to manage a fever, but will a remedy that is specific to your symptoms. Reach out to your Naturopathic Medical Doctor to find the right remedy for you.
  • Fever is not safe in every condition. If you or your child has sepsis or neurological injuries, fever can be damaging and neither of these conditions should be managed at home.
Don’t let a fever scare you! It’s the body’s self-healing mechanism to fight disease. If you’re not sure what to do in the case of a fever in your child, don’t hesitate to reach out for more support. You will receive specific guidance for your child’s fever presentation and proper management to support your child’s comfort and healing.

The above information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease and is not a substitute for appropriate medical care.

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