How to reduce your child’s fever without medication

21 Jun

A fever is the body’s way of defending itself against viruses and bacteria.  A high body temperature makes it hard for viruses and bacteria to live; so a fever is not necessarily a “bad thing” . If a child has a low-grade fever and is happy, plays as usual, has a good appetite,  it is probably best to not to reduce the fever as the body is getting rid of the virus or bacteria. If the fever is high and the child is irritable, has a poor appetite or lethargic, over 102 degrees then you should reduce the fever.

Ways To reduce the fever

Sponge the child down with wet wash rag. I remember clearly as a child my mom would use cool water and wet my entire body and clothes. She would then cover me up with a blanket and put me in bed. I would wake up fever free.

Warm bath or yarrow bath – Yarrow is a herb that induces sweating and is great for very red hot  fevers.

Brew a fever reducing tea -Lemon balm, lemon grass( fever grass) elderberry flower, peppermint and chamomile. You can use one or any combination of teas. My favorite is lemon balm and elderberry and or course a little chamomile to soothe and calm. Give the child over 2yrs  1/4 – 1-2 cup of tea about 3-4 times for a or two day. For nursing mom , drink 1 cup of the tea 3x a day. Fever tea is also great for colds and flu too. Ginger tea can be used for fevers with chills as ginger warms the body.

Drink plenty of water and other fluids to keep hydrated and most of all rest.

There are many other ways to reduce fevers without Tylenol and children’s motrin such as homeopathy, chinese herbal remedies etc.

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