Fever? Do not fear…

Reposted from Benton’s Integrative Medicine’s Health Blog providing information on how to prevent and/or cure certain health issues through holistic practices: https://bentonintegrative.blogspot.com/2016/12/fever-no-need-to-fear.html

Fever is totally normal with illness and is the body’s way of healing the body.  It should not be suppressed as that slows healing by stopping the action of fever which is the body’s natural response to sending the little healing factors. 

I would reserve use of ibuprofen (not tylenol) for when they are miserable and you can’t get them comfortable by other means.  Ibuprofen is not recommended under 6 months of age.  Don’t even put tylenol in your house.
Reasons to go to the ER:  
*Fever in an infant under 2 months of age.   Fever is 100.4 rectally.
*Fever with mental status changes.  Most kids get sleepy with fever and want to sleep more but this refers to strange behavior or strange eye or limb movements.  
*Fever with seizure- febrile seizures alone are not dangerous generally but the first time, you need to be checked out and to make a plan with a doctor.
*Fever over 105
*Fever with purple spots like blood under the skin.  Rashes plus fever is common.  Don’t worry too much
Natural ways to bring down fever without suppressing healing mechanisms are:
*Essential oils– Lavender to feet of infants, can use peppermint oil diluted to feet of kids over 1, Can also use Frankincense to feet for any age, diluted with any oil
*Very warm to hot bath depending on age (safe temps only) with epsom salt and apple cider vinegar – I like this before doing the wet sock trick to warm the feet.
In general, there is no need to come in to see the doctor right away for fevers.  Most illnesses are viruses that run the course.  Even ear infections often resolve themselves. 
A great resource is the American Academy of Pediatrics symptom checker that gives advice on when to call and common measures to follow. 
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