Fevers are a symptom. A good symptom.
So when my daughter came down with a fever when she was 1 1/2, I wasn't immediately alarmed. Her fever simply indicated that her immune system was working!
Studies show that fevers are a defense mechanism. When the body's temperature increases, it creates an inhospitable environment for invading organisms. At the same time, it also increases the number of immune cells to fight virus-infected and/or tumor cells.
TV commercials teach parents to help their child by giving aspirin to break the fever. Yet this can do more harm than good!
The suppression of a fever means the suppression of antibodies, too — which makes the body more hospitable to invaders
When To Treat A Fever
Most of the time, fevers aren't a cause for panic. But does that doesn't mean they shouldn't be treated either.
Lower the fever in cases such as these:
- in children younger than 3 months with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- in children between 3 months and 3 years old with a temperature of 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- for anyone who has a fever higher than 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit
Treating High Fevers With Egg Whites
My daughter's fever started out mildly. Gradually, however, her temperature crept toward 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
While I cradled her hot head on my shoulder, I browsed online for home remedies that might help. I found one that claimed to bring down a fever fast with egg whites. So I bookmarked the page, and we continued to monitor her.
When it got to the point that we didn't want her fever to climb any higher, we pulled a carton of eggs from the refrigerator.
These are the steps we followed:
- Soak a paper towel or cloth in egg whites.
- Place the soaked cloth on the soles of the fevered person's feet, and put socks on to keep the cloths in place.
- When the cloths become warm, soak more cloths in egg whites and repeat until the fever is reduced to a safe level.
The egg whites immediately drew the fever from the head to the feet. Once her temperature dropped to a safe level, we stopped the treatment so her body could continue to fight the illness naturally.
We repeated the egg whites only if her temperature spiked again.
By the next day, she had no fever and was acting normally!
Keeping Comfortable During A Fever
While safe fevers are good, it's also important to remember that they can dehydrate a person. This alone is often more concerning than the fever itself.
So, keep hydrated in a way that allows the body to work at optimal levels! In other words, with non-sugary liquids.
My favorites include:
- homemade broth
- coconut water (also known as coconut juice)
- teas that use diaphoretic herbs* (herbs that induce involuntary perspiration, see below) to help reduce fever, cool the body, and encourage detoxification
Diaphoretic herbs are those which induce involuntary perspiration to help reduce fever, cool the body, and encourage detoxification. They include:
Or, make my favorite go-to tincture: Pepper Juice! All 5 fresh ingredients are diaphoretic. It's the reason our family hasn't gone to the doctor for colds or flus in over 4 years.
More Good Reading About Fevers
Here are more great posts about the importance of letting a safe fever run its course:
- 4 Part Series: Why I Don't Lower Fevers
- Why Not to Treat A Fever
- Childhood Fevers
- Embracing Fever: How Fevers Are Helpful
- Why I Don't Reduce a Fever and What I Do Instead
How do you feel about fevers? What do you do instead or when a fever gets too high? Did you know about treating high fevers with egg whites?
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You are responsible for your own health and for the use of any remedies, treatments, or medications you use at home.
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