When you want to avoid acetaminophen or ibuprofen it’s good to know that there are several home remedies for your kids that can bring down a fever in a natural way. These methods also work on adults, and are easily performed at home using things you probably already own.
Little Bit About Fevers
Let’s get one thing straight about fevers. They are the body’s natural response to something going wrong in the body. Whether it be from illness or infection, a fever is your first line of defense when it comes to fighting off illnesses which thrive under normal body temperature. In other words, sometimes a good old fever is all you need to kill off something that’s ailing you. Think of that before you apply any of the home remedies for fever you’re about to see.
In fact, a fever rarely enters your life on its own! There’s usually an underlying cause, so by reducing your fever you’re simply treating a symptom. Granted, a fever can become uncomfortable, especially for a child. That’s why we’ve assembled the all time best home remedies for fever right here.
The Symptoms of a Fever
A fever is defined as when your body temperature rises above normal. The common symptoms of a fever include:
- shivering, chills
- skin feels warm to the touch, especially the forehead
If you suspect your child has a fever, proceed with this in mind: if it’s a severe fever (0ver 104 F) then go immediately to an emergency room because this can indicate something more serious than a small infection or mild illness is causing the fever. Here are some signs that usually accompany an emergency room-worthy, very high fever:
- child is drowsy
- child has a seizure
- child also has a sore throat, rash, earache or stiff neck
The Causes of Fevers
Lots of things can cause fevers: it’s the body’s natural response to any number of infections or illnesses. A fever can also be a side effect. Therefore, if you have a fever, it’s important to think of what underlying factors may be contributing to the fever, rather than simply trying to bring it down. Ask yourself the following questions, all of which concern the causes of fevers:
- Could it be some medication I’m taking?
- Could it be an illegal drug I took (especially cocaine or amphetamines?
- Did I recently have a vaccine?
- Is it possible I have a hormone disorder (like hyperthyroidism)?
- Do I have an ear infection? throat infection? kidney infection? lung infection?
- Could my IBD be causing my fever? (IBD = inflammatory bowel disease) or any other autoimmune disease?
As you can see, almost anything can cause a fever, from an infected finger to full blown cancer. Don’t fret too much, though: the most common causes of fevers are the common cold and gastroenteritis*.
most common cause of a fever: the common cold
Now that you’ve got the picture, let’s take a look at some home remedies for fever, below.
All Time Best Home Remedies for Fever
1. Drink Lots of Water. If you’re ill, then water will help your body fight the illness. Drinking water will also stave off the inevitable dehydration that accompanies most fevers. Fluids in general will help, although water is always the best. Try herbal teas, too. Black or green tea will actually dehydrate you even more because they have caffeine.
2. Coconut Oil in Your Food. Coconut oil is the magic cure-all for so many things because it has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Use it wherever you would use other cooking oils or put it in a smoothie.
3. Eat Fermented Cod Liver Oil. This stuff has tons of nutrients which are great for speeding along the healing process and boosting the immune system. Take the capsules or the liquid form every day.
4. Homemade Elderberry Syrup. This is a truly old fashioned remedy for fever. The properties of elderberries are just now becoming understood by scientists, but it seems they have wonderful effects on the immune system. You can buy this at health food stores or make your own.
5. The Well Known Remedy: a Cool, Moist Washcloth to the Forehead. Besides feeling fantastic when your body is burning up from fever, this will actually help to reduce your fever just a little. This is a good one for kids, too.
6. Take a Lukewarm (not hot, not cold) Bath. This will cool the body, if that’s what you need. The evaporating water off the skin will cool and soothe.
*Source: Web Md, “Fever Facts”.