Fever is the body’s way of telling you that the immune system is acting to get rid of harmful penetrators in the body. But that doesn’t remove the fact that it can be a disturbing condition since it is a common symptom for a wide array of diseases, varying from simple to serious.
For a mother, having a feverish child suffer even in the middle of the night is a miserable feeling. Despite that, some parents and experts still promote natural fever treatment than having him take synthetic medications that can harm his liver and kidney in the long run. If you’re one of them, you might find these methods and tips helpful:
- Dress him lightly. Since the patient needs to lower his temperature, dressing him with so many layers of clothing can be detrimental to his condition. Instead, experts advise mommies with sick kids to remove one or two layers of clothing at a time to gradually adjust his body’s temperature.
- Lukewarm bath. Traditional mothers usually avoid giving their feverish children baths because they believe it can worsen the condition. However, that does not apply to modern times any more since even toddlers feel very hot when not bathed for a long time. Believe it or not, a lukewarm bath can do miracles for children—even younger toddlers—who are suffering from fever.
- Sucking on ice cubes. Children, especially toddlers, can be too stubborn to even accept your offer of drinking water when they feel uneasy. It is more so if your child feels too hot to even care about drinking. To remedy this situation, you can offer him ice cubes or chips to keep him hydrated. Aside from that, it also helps in lowering his temperature.
- Strengthen his immune system. To do this, you need to supplement necessary vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and Zinc to help boost his immune system and fight off the cause of the fever. If your child is a picky eater, he may be more so when he’s feeling ill so make sure to be patient and creative at the same time when presenting him with nutritious foods. Here are some you can try preparing at home:
- Elderberry soup can boost his body’s immune system and ease his discomfort.
- Bone broth and other soups can also be great choices when the patient needs more fluids since it also contains ingredients that are rich in nutrients necessary for healing.
- Mix coconut oil in some of your child’s dishes or beverages not just to make it tastier, but to add more nutrients to it as well. This miracle oil is called as such because it also functions as antibacterial and antiviral agents to help the body’s defenses fight germs that cause whatever disease the fever came from.
- Peppermint tea can help ease headaches as well as muscle pains associated to some kinds of fever. Other herbal teas like chamomile can also be used to accomplish this.
- Add epsom salts or magnesium and ginger powder in warm baths. Doing this will help alleviate muscle pains that accompanies the fever.
- Use natural sleep tincture. Usually made with chamomile, using these tincture can help promote relaxing sleep and soothe the patient’s muscle pains, allowing him to get enough rest needed for his recovery.
- Increase his body’s calcium. A study linking calcium to natural fever treatment revealed that the nutrient actually promotes recovery by helping the bone marrow in the bones produce healthier blood that contains the body’s defensive mechanism—the white blood cells. The two most viable forms on calcium are calcium orotate and calcium citrate malate because they are easily absorbed by the body.