The weather, here where I live, is subject to huge changes from day to day. One day it’s warm, the next day it could be very cold. Plus, with kids in school, getting sick a few time a year is pretty much guaranteed. And knowing some ways to get fever relief always comes handy.
I’ve tried almost all the natural remedies for fever (and also some drugs), and based on my and others’ personal experience, I am going to give you a list of what-to-do and what-not-to-do tips.
I personally consider fever when the body temperature is above 98.6 F (or 37 C degrees), which is also the red line in old school mercury thermometers.
Of course you already know that fever can be the symptom of a large number of other conditions, and it is usually associated with a flu, and comes with chills, general weakness, body aches, headache.
Best Advice to Relieve Fever
Usually, when people have a fever, they try to rush into a bunch of improvised remedies instead of being a little bit wiser.
Here I am going to give you a list of remedies and a list of things to avoid when you want to reduce your fever:
- Drink plenty of fluids to reduce the risk of dehydration. This is usually a difficult task because when you have a fever you don’t like to drink, water just tastes weird right? Try different fluids that have a flavor.
- Place a wet and cold cloth on your forehead, this will promote heat loss from the body.
- If your doctor prescribes you antibiotics to relieve fever caused by a bacterial infection, take some potassium supplements.
In fact, you lose more potassium when on antibiotics.
- Eat less but more often to promote digestion.
- If you don’t have appetite, or haven’t eaten for too long because of the fever, drink alkalizing type of drinks (sodium citrate).
- If you have nausea too and you don’t feel like drinking, suck on some ice, and check out some nausea remedies.
- If you experience chills, take a warm bath. If it’s too warm it is bad, because it can increase your body temperature. If it’s too cold it’s bad too, because it forces your body to raise the body temperature.
- Take drugs with moderation.
- Rest as much as you can. Go to bed, take naps, sleep more.
- Call the doctor if the fever hits a baby that is less than 4 months old.
- If you are taking antibiotics, don’t drink milk or derivatives immediately after. Milk inhibits the effects of antibiotics.
- Don’t take antibiotics without prescription. Antibiotics help fight a bacterial infection, but don’t take them for fever relief.
- Don’t give aspirin to children under the age of 12. It can be dangerous, and lead to the development of the Reye’s syndrome, liver dysfunction or brain abnormalities.
Too many parents don’t know this, unfortunately. It’s way better to have fever!
- Don’t do sports or stressful physical activity. Remember? …rest!
How Diet Can Help Relieve Fever
When you’re dealing with fever, you also need to remember that there are certain foods that can help you, and others that are not recommended.
There’s no way around it. In most cases, when you are sick, you need to modify your diet.
What to Eat
- During the initial stage, it is recommended to follow a diet that includes plenty of fluids (water, tea, mashed vegetables, noodle soup etc.).
Then you can reintroduce solid foods as the symptoms improve.
- A real chicken noodle soup (especially because of the real chicken broth) is your best option. I said real because Mr. Noodles and stuff like that, are not the same.
- Prefer foods rich in carbohydrates.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, as they are rich in antioxidants (vitamin C and E).
- Take probiotics, especially if you have been taking antibiotics for quite a long time. You will probably need to rebalance something there.
What to Avoid
- It doesn’t come very natural to drink water when you are sick, and just because you know that drinking plenty of fluids is one of the fever remedies, you might be tempted to replace water with juices just to give it a taste.
Don’t exceed with artificial juices, as they are rich in sugar. Do-it-yourself, make real orange juices instead.
- Avoid sugary foods like jam or so.
- Avoid foods difficult to digest (fried foods or foods rich in fat).
If the fever is high, it is always advised to take some fever medicines (fever reducers) like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Additionally, go see the doctor, because high fever can be a symptom of a more serious condition, like an infection (UTI, ear infection, sinus infection), for example.
Taking fever reducers, in that case, will only help with temporary fever relief, but it will come back again, and again, till you treat the cause.
Remember, fever is a self-defense mechanism of our body, and it means that it’s trying to fight something else.
Is there anything I should add to this page? Do you know other good ways to get rid of a fever?