A fever is usually regarded as a symptom of an acute
infection or an underlying illness. It is the body's way of stimulating the
immune system or accelerating detoxification. Anyone with an elevated body
temperature at least 1 degree above 98.6 degrees F is said to have a fever.
However, in babies, the healthy body temperature can vary from 97 to 100
degrees F because their body temperatures are not yet developed. In healthy
children, body temperatures can fluctuate by 2 degrees above or below 98.6
degrees F. The amount of clothing one is wearing, as well as the amount of
activity, can influence one's body temperature. Often, a fever is accompanied
by a flush to the face and sweat beads on the forehead.
Fevers are often a cause for worry, especially for
parents, but they should be regarded as both friend and foe. When a child has a
mild fever, it could be a signal that the child's natural defense system is
waging a war against an invading microbe. As the army of white blood cells
battles, the cells release chemicals called pyrogens. These pyrogens activate
the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that serves as the body's thermostat
regulator, to turn on the internal heat and raise the body temperature to fight
off invaders (many microbes start to die at around 102 degrees F). When this
occurs, heat is lost through the skin, and the blood vessels dilate.
The onset of a high fever may lead to a febrile seizure
in some children and adults. Their muscles become rigid, and they experience
convulsions or even loss of consciousness for up to fifteen minutes. This is an
emergency situation that requires immediate medical attention. Upon recovering,
a child may sleep for a long time. As horrific as these are to witness, febrile
seizures rarely develop into epilepsy or cause permanent harm to the child.
People with temperatures above 102 degrees F may require
medical intervention. If your child is younger than three months of age, notify
your doctor about the fever. Be sure to get checked by a doctor if you or
someone you are caring for experiences any of these symptoms:
- Acts confused, lethargic, or delirious
- Experiences a seizure
- Vomits or has diarrhea
- Complains of a stiff neck or has dilated pupils
- Has had the fever for more than seventy-two hours
And for infants and children, also be aware of these
additional signs and symptoms:
- Cries continuously
- Is difficult to awaken
- Has a significant decrease in urine output or appears
- Has trouble breathing
Conventional treatment focuses on fever-reducing
medications, such as acetaminophen. From a holistic perspective, we look at
fever as a generally positive thing, since it activates the immune system. We
try to work with a fever and not necessarily suppress it, unless it is too high
or the patient is very uncomfortable.
Note: Never give aspirin to a child who has a fever. This
can cause an immune reaction, leading to the development of Reye's syndrome, a
potentially fatal illness where vomiting and liver damage can occur.
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Super Prescription #1 Homeopathic Combination Fever
To reduce the
effects of a fever, take a combination fever remedy four times daily for two
days. Then if you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms
Super Prescription #2 Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) -
Take 300 mg in capsule form, 2 ml of the tincture, or 1
cup of fresh tea four times daily or until the fever breaks. Yarrow induces a
sweat to help break high fevers.
Super Prescription #3 Homepathic Ferrum Phosphoricum< /span>-
Take a 30C potency four times daily for two days. Then if
you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return.
Super Prescription #4 Echinacea - LifeSource Product
Take 500 mg of the
capsule form or 2 to 4 ml of the tincture four times daily. Echinacea
stimulates immune function and reduces fever.
Super Prescription #5 Ginger Root - LifeSource Products
Take 500 mg of the capsule form or 2 ml of the tincture or
drink the fresh tea four times daily. Ginger helps break a fever, especially
for people who have a sore throat and chills.
Super Prescription # 6 Elderberry - LifeSource Product
Adults should take
10 ml and children 5 ml three times daily. It's useful for fever related to
the flu or other viral infections.
Super Prescription #7 Vitamin C - LifeSource Products - See All of our Vitamin
Take 500 to 1,000
mg three to four times daily. Vitamin C supports immune system function
through increased white blood cell activity. Reduce the dosage if diarrhea
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- Flushed face, elevated temperature
- Detoxification reaction
- Systemic illness (cancer, etc.)
Eat lightly. Steamed vegetables, soups, broths, and
herbal teas will let your body focus on healing, instead of on digestion. If
you lose your appetite, don't force yourself to eat.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of clean water and other
fluids (but see the note about sugar and juice further on) to cleanse away
toxins and to keep the respiratory tract from drying out.
Increase your consumption of ginger, inions, and garlic.
Try adding one or both to chicken soup or miso.
Food to Avoid
Sugar decreases the number of white blood cells your body
produces, and it depresses your immune system, so eliminate refined sugars from
your diet for the duration of your illness. Also be wary of fruit juices.
Although they are a traditional treatment for colds, fruit juices - especially
orange juice - usually contain far more sugar than they do vitamin C. If you
want to drink juice, dilute it first.
Avoid milk and other dairy products while you're sick, as
they tend to suppress immunity.
Please consult your doctor
before taking any supplements.
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