Why I Don’t Lower Fevers: Part One

It’s true. When we get sick, none of us use fever reducers. Not even for the baby. Sound crazy and dangerous? Read on, my friend! πŸ˜‰

*Note: This post is in reference to our average, generally healthy family. It is about what we choose and why- it may not apply to all people in all situations. Please read the entire post before commenting, specifically, the final point.*

Will a Fever Hurt Me/My Child?

If it’s due to a regular old illness, such as a cold or ear infection, the answer is “no”. When is the answer “yes”?

A rise in temperature requires medical attention when:

  1. It is caused by over-heating known as “heat-stroke”. I had heat-stroke as a teen and, although no brain damage was caused, I have been unable to tolerate extremely humid and hot weather since then. If I had been treated, it is possible I wouldn’t have had long-term consequences.
  2. If it is caused by poisoning. If a child ingests an unknown or dangerous substance, contact poison control immediately. Toxic substances can cause a fever.

What about brain damage??

  • Brain damage is not a real concern until the temperature rises over at least 107.6 degrees.
  • The human body doesn’t raise it’s temperature above 105 to 106 degrees in response to a virus or bacteria (source).

What about febrile seizures??

  • Febrile seizures are not caused by high fevers, they are caused by a rapid rise in temperature.
  • Febrile seizures are considered by most doctors to be harmless, though they can be scary.
  • They do not cause brain damage.
  • An especially long febrile seizure (over an hour) is cause for an evaluation by a neurologist, but seldom indicates predisposition to other types of seizure.
  • If a child stops breathing during the seizure (or at any time), this can be dangerous and may require emergency medical help. (This is an update for some people who apparently thought I was saying not breathing isn’t an emergency. πŸ˜‰ )
  • Learn more here.

What about a high temperature indicating a serious illness?

  • A high fever does not necessarily indicate serious illness. I’ve had a fever over 103 for nothing more than a cold.
  • A lack of a fever does not mean a child is healthy. Consider the other symptoms. If a child is non-responsive or has bloody diarrhea but has no fever, call the doc! I had pneumonia (I was coughing up blood every few minutes!) with absolutely no fever at all.

What about dehydration?

  • Yes, yes, yes! Finally there is something to be concerned about! πŸ˜‰ Dehydration, especially in babies or very young children, can be extremely dangerous.
  • A few easy ways to check for dehydration are:
    1. Pull back the lower lip and see how moist the mouth is. If it’s slick and wet, you’re good. If it’s a bit gummy, push those fluids. If it’s very gummy and dry, call the doc if you can’t get the child to drink.
    2. Monitor wet diapers/bathroom breaks. If the child is urinating infrequently and the urine is dark, that’s dehydration.
    3. No tears or sweat. A lack of tears when crying is pretty serious and probably warrants a call to the doc. If a child has very dry skin and is refusing liquids, this could be dehydration, so check inside the lower lip.
    4. Confusion, disorientation or non-responsiveness. Call the doc! These are serious and rehydration will probably require a saline IV.
  • Keeping hydrated, rather than trying to remedy dehydration, is the best thing. Here are our favorite ways to get liquids into a child with a high fever.
    1. Coconut water: This is God’s original hydration drink! It’s full of electrolytes and has a mild flavor. Mix it with a bit of organic apple juice or some fresh lemon juice with honey.
    2. Broth: Full of nutrients, put some slightly warm broth in a sippy cup and stir in several good pinches of Celtic sea salt. The unrefined salt will help the liquid be properly absorbed.
    3. High-liquid foods: Try apple sauce, organic “jello”, yogurt, soup (pureed?) and other foods with a high water content.

What about very young babies or immune-compromised people?

  • Very young babies: You may want to have the baby checked by a doc, but make sure that it is a doctor who will not over-react and medicate “just to be on the safe side”. And remember that you are asking for their medical opinion, you are not handing over the reigns of decision-making to them. You are the parent and you get to choose what medical advice to take and what advice to decline. Unless they can give me a very good medical reason to lower a fever, I’ll just let it do it’s thing.
  • Immune-compromised individuals and those with serious chronic health issues have so much going on in their bodies that it’s not possible to give a simple answer to such a complex question. As with an infant, I would recommend making sure that you have a naturally-minded doctor who will not over-medicate. If they can’t give you a good medically-based reason to give drugs, seek a second opinion or simply decline their advice, depending on the situation. If there is a legitimate medical reason to control the fever (for example, being epileptic or having previous brain damage) ask a naturally-minded doctor for the most gentle option possible. (You can see a few examples of people with serious health issues that might require fever-reduction in the comments, below).

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69 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Lower Fevers: Part One

  1. I remember reading a comment by a friend that a certain dose of medicine “lowered the fever, so I know it is helping the immune system”. She was a naturally minded, very well educated lady. It made me realize how little is generally known about fevers.

    My two favorite ways to hydrate kids is nursing (if applicable) and also natural popcycles.

  2. This is a difficult subject for me, mostly because the info keeps changing. 20 years ago a fever of 106 would cause brain damage, 10 years ago it was 106.6. Now it’s apparently up to 107.5. 20 years ago febrile seizures were themselves non-dangerous but indicated that the fever was high enough to cause brain damage if it didn’t come down asap, now it’s caused by rapidly rising fevers. When I was younger I had what was then called a ‘fever virus’ and is now called a ‘FUO’ (fever of unexplained origins). I was strongly prone to both fever spikes and very high fevers. Having a fever of 102 or 103 for days on end, even on fever reducers, was just what happened when I got a fever. When the fever reducers started to wear off it would start headed to 104 and up. My ‘record’ is 106.4, which triggered a febrile seizure, that was *with* fever reducers, naked in a cool room, with wet cool towels. My temp could go from normal to 104 in ten minutes. both my older kids (baby too young to tell) seem to have inherited this, both will maintain high fevers over 102 and spike above 106. This is with normal bacterial and viral sicknesses. So, in general, I treat fevers when they start to spike rapidly, or when they are sustained over 104, treatment rarely ‘breaks’ a fever, only dropping it to 102 or 101 range. And no one in my family, kids included, sweat when they have even a little fever, bone dry doesn’t reflect dehydrated, just fever. It’s truly bizzare when I see someone claim to have a fever while they are sweating.

    • I understand your confusion. The “information” about fevers being a danger (from regular illnesses) came from the pharmaceutical companies trying to sell the fever reducers. πŸ˜‰

      That being said, it sounds like you have/had an unidentified illness, either viral or auto-immune. Since the children have it, I’m betting auto-immune, but that’s just my wild guess. I suppose it could be viral (similar to Epstein-barr), but with no other symptoms, it would be hard to figure out.

      I should mention that people can *not* sweat during a fever. What I’m referring to is when there is no sweat along with a lack of fluid intake… I’ll edit my post to make that more clear. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  3. TracyDK says:

    We have the opposite issue in our house. My son ONLY runs fevers with ear infections. Nothing else. Otherwise, his body temp starts to drop. Mine does the same thing. The highest temp I’ve ever ran was 101. But my normal body temp is 97.4Β°F. My son’s normal body temp is the same. He has epilepsy and his neurologist is the one that told us to make sure we use fever reducers, so that he doesn’t have febrile seizures. (I’m guessing to keep the number of seizures down. Or potentially triggering his usual seizures.) We don’t treat though until he gets to 101Β°F.

    • TracyDK says:

      Oh and the lowest my temp ever got was 95.8Β°. It was in July and I was wearing flannel pjs, wool socks, fuzzy slippers, house coat, blanket, and drinking several cups of HOT tea to knock the shakes. It was weird and I was 3 months pregnant. After I warmed up, I went back to sleep. Went to my normal OB visit later that day and everything checked out normal. She just said that pregnancy can do strange things.

    • My dad and I also tend to run low temperatures when we get sick. I’ve had very high fevers, but more than half the time my temp will drop to try to kill the virus/bacteria.

      Since your son has epilepsy, I’m sure his neurologist has weighed the pros and cons. That is a different situation from the norm. Have you tried using herbs to lower his fever when you need to? I’ll be doing a post on which herbs lower fevers and how to use them when it’s necessary. πŸ™‚

      • TracyDK says:

        Because he has epilepsy meds and allergy/asthma meds, I’m afraid of anything that could cause interference with his medicines. For example, I can’t give him ANYTHING natural or otherwise that acts as a decongestant (comphor disks in the shower aside!), because it lessens the strength of his seizure meds. I’ve tried all sorts of natural remedies for his asthma/allergies. And they work somewhat, but when he’s worked up, his prescriptions barely control things. He ends up hospitalized on the natural paths.

        • Poor little guy! Sound like he’s a good candidate for working with a naturopath who could closely monitor anything new. Asthma and allergy meds can and do cause serious rebound attacks if you try to go off of them or even temporarily try any alternatives. It took quite awhile to get my hubby off his multiple puffs of albuterol every day. Now he never uses it, but it was hard. I understand! πŸ™‚

  4. I wasn’t sure on your sweating with fevers stance, I agree, you don’t sweat with a fever, but I’ve run across some people who insist they do.
    I seem to have finally outgrown the tendency, as I haven’t had a high fever in about 6 years and haven’t had a FUO in about 10. I do have a really crappy immune system, so I’ve been tested for a bunch of random ‘rare-ish’ thing, but everything always came up negative. I’m of the personal opinion *something* must be wrong, a normal, functional immune system for instance does not get 3 flu bugs a winter, or 5 cases of strep a winter, etc but since I’ve mostly outgrown the tendency (still more sick than average but mostly just colds) so it’s past the ‘pushing for an answer’ stage.
    My mom gets those ‘reverse fevers’ too, she got down to 96.8 one time, but usually it’s in the 97 range.

    • Different bodies react differently, so some of us sweat, some don’t, some have temps that go up, some have temps that go down… The problem comes with over-reacting to what is within normal parameters. I don’t really sweat much with a fever, but my hubby and eldest daughter are always drenched! My hubby’s temp never goes down, but that seems to be my body’s first line of defense- a drop in temperature.

      I know you have a whole laundry list of ailments, so it’s really hard to say what’s up with the fevers. It sure does sound like your immune system isn’t in very good shape, but figuring out what the original problem was would most likely be impossible, like you said. We all just do the best we can with what we have, right? πŸ™‚

  5. Interesting, honestly for myself I let a fever go because it’s part of a virus or cold. only time I use meds is if i need to function, (take care of kids). As for my daughter I learnt somethings. Children with medical issues you need to go by what your child needs. Since my daughter already has a brain injury, is at risk for a different kind of seizure and has nuro signs, (eye dictation, muscle twitches) a fever of 99 degrees is doable but anything higher is scary. Also another thing to take into consideration is low body mass. My daughter is 22 pounds at almost 4 years of age. If I let a fever rage I am at risk of major dehydration (can’t get liquids in fast enough) and weight loss. Than also their is muscle pain. Since my daughter deals with muscle pain already a fever adds to it. Also if there is a high fever (104) and no signs check for a UTI infection. Sometime a fever is an indicator of something else going on in the body. (learned that one the interesting way) Yes, I use fever reducers with her and I chose not to use natural ones just because of the meds she is on. When I originally looked into it (I asked a lot of different style of professionals) I learnt that natural remedies may conflict with some of her meds. That is my big advice, ask a lot of different professionals. (natural, therapist, doctors, nurses and pharmacist (they will surprise you with answers))

    • Yes, as I mentioned at the end of the post it is very important to work with a doctor who will not over-medicate. If a child with serious health issues has legitimate medical reasons that a fever needs to be controlled, that falls under the second of my two exceptions. The goal here isn’t never to use drugs, but to only use them when absolutely necessary and in the smallest amount possible. With an average, generally healthy child, fevers are not a danger. Your little one clearly has quite a lot going on and she falls under the exception in the post. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the comment!

  6. We recently went through all 3 of our children having fevers and I for once didn’t bring out the medicine, it was hard not to do but we didn’t the only thing I did was push liquids and they got all better!!

  7. I agree with you on principal, but on practice, however, and with individual children, I think it’s hard to make blanket statements about what is best for everyone. With my second and third children (and with myself), I do not medicate fevers. I never medicated fevers with my first child either, until she had a febrile seizure at 2 1/2. Yes, they are harmless. But if you’ve ever seen a child, especially your own, have a seizure, then you know how terrifying they can be. And while fever reducers most likely will not reduce the likelihood of a seizure because the seizures occur with the rapidly rising temperature, it’s a slight possibility, and it’s one that, in my opinion, is worth it.

    However, the primary reason that I use fever reducers for my first child, who is now 4, is because that a result of her seizure, as an ER dr. and nurse explained, is that she is prone to spiking fevers. So the same virus will give my 1 year old a 101 fever, but my 4 year old will have 104 or above, WITH medications. 105 or higher without. Anytime she has a fever for any reason, it gets ridiculously high, so we have to medicate around the clock for quite some time.

    It’s all very individual. But I did enjoy reading your thoughts, since I too, share your views. I found your blog through Christian Mommy Blogger.

    • Thanks for the comment, Gabrielle. As I mentioned in the last point, children who have other medical situations going on may require fever control. My post is about “average, generally healthy” people. In unusual situations, finding a naturally-minded doctor who won’t over medicate is the goal. There are also much healthier ways to lower fevers naturally, if there aren’t risks of serious complications. I’ll go into those in a post in the next week or two. πŸ™‚

  8. I’m interested to find out more! I hate giving fever reducers since most of them contain ingredients that I normally would not allow my children to have. I know that a fever is not dangerous. I like to do something to comfort them though when they feel yucky from high temp. Like I said, I can’t wait to find out more.

    In the meantime, I would love it if you would link up with us on the Eco Kids Linky: http://organicaspirations.blogspot.com/2013/01/if-like-me-you-live-in-united-states.html

    • Thanks so much for the invite, Becki!! I’ll be sure to do that!

      I completely understand how you feel. That’s exactly what I thought when I first heard the idea of not lowering a fever. I almost always use herbs to ease symptoms and speed healing, so I’ve been sharing what I do for each illness as they pop up. So far I’ve posted about ear infections and colds (for kids, plus other adult illnesses). πŸ™‚

  9. Well that’s the interesting thing, Justyn. She’s the average child, maybe even above average when it comes to good health. She’s rarely ill, but she happens to have inherited febrile seizures from my side of the family. Three of my siblings had them. Some of the other options for reducing fever can lead to seizures too, so it’s wise to proceed cautiously. Two of my sisters had febrile seizures after being removed from a bath to reduce the fever naturally. When my daughter has a fever, I usually pull out all the stops: I use every natural method possible as well as fever reducers, and she sleeps in my room so that I can monitor her. Fortunately, she’s rarely sick, so this has become a once a year occurrence. Mommy doesn’t sleep well when she has to give round the clock care. =)

    • LOL! I completely understand! Moving about a month ago wore us all down and we’ve been taking turns entertaining a very persistent cold virus (sore throat, runny nose, bad cough, fluctuating temperature) and I feel like I haven’t slept in about a week and a half. πŸ˜› We very seldom get sick, so I guess our immune systems are getting a good work out. πŸ˜‰

      That’s fantastic that she is so seldom sick! Since it seems to run in the family, it may be related to some minor genetic difference from her siblings. I wouldn’t recommend a bath to lower the fever for kids prone to febrile seizures because it is such an abrupt temperature shift. It sounds like you’ve figured out what works best in your situation. For most kids, natural fever reducers would be plenty to take care of things, though. I’d love to hear which natural remedies you’ve tried that have helped at all, if any of them!

  10. It definitely depends on the individual situation. I’ll medicate a fever once it get’s over 100, only because medication can only bring it down so much, and the child although medicated generally winds up with a fever anyway. Thanks for posting the dehydration tips.

    • Thanks for the comment, KM! I think you might find the second post interesting. It deals with how the immune system works when it comes to fevers. πŸ™‚

  11. When I had H1N1 I chose not to take a fever reducer as my fever was mild and I knew that taking such a medication might mask symptoms that I should be alert of. I took my temperature every hour or so (really, whenever I woke up, as I slept a lot) and forced fluids. (Fortunately I had no GI symptoms, just general malaise, so it was easy to keep hydrated). My fever never got above 102 for long. It briefly got up to 104 but came back down on its own. In fact, getting up to 104 for an hour or two seemed to be the turning point as it was all downhill from there. I was fever free within the next 24 hours. That said, though an acute (short term) fever of 104 (or even a little higher) like I had is no concern, if my child had a fever of 104 or higher for more than half a day (12+ hours), I’d be giving them a low dose of a fever reducer and would consider taking them to the doctor if it persisted. The key with such medications is to take the LOWEST effective dose, which may be significantly less than the maximum or even suggested dose listed on the packaging. From what I’ve read and seen, which is as a lay person who aspired to be a doctor and read medical books for fun, persistent high fever may be a sign of infections that require medical assistance, such as an antibiotic, to fight. I am not one of those people who thinks every sinus infection needs an antibiotic (super bugs, anyone? no thank you) but sometimes they are legitimately needed.

    • None of us have every had the flu except for once. My hubby got it while I pregnant with our first and he was sooooo sick! I took him to the ER because he was barely able to respond to questions or move. The docs checked him for meningitis. Super scary! I knew nothing about natural remedies (hello elderberry!) or letting a fever do it’s job. I’m sure he would have recovered much more quickly if we had allowed the fever to do it’s job, but we just didn’t understand. We saw the fever as an enemy to control. πŸ˜‰ I’ll bet you really did a good thing for your recovery time by letting that fever kill off the virus! Yay!

      What I love about herbs that lower fevers is that in a case where you just want to bring it down a tad, you can easily do it with non-toxic herbs instead of drugs. I’ll be doing a post that goes into which herbs can be used and how… in the next few weeks. It’s not scheduled yet.

      For serious infections, there are a ton of herbs and natural remedies that are amazing antibiotics, so we do our best to use them instead of drugs. Only if all natural options fail do we take antibiotics, which means it almost never happens. πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for the comment, Amy! I loved reading about your experience with H1N1!

  12. Lori says:

    I just have to ask, have you ever watched your child have a seizure? I happen to have a child with Epilepsy. I have been trained in seizure first aid by the Epilepsy Foundation, and I done countless hours of research about seizures of all kinds, And i can tell you prolonged seizures of any kind are life threatening. Any febrile seizure lasting longer than 10 minutes is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention. This is very, very important and could make the difference between life and death.

    • If you’ll notice, I linked to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for people to learn more from professionals in the field. If you’ll also notice, this post is entitled, “Why I Don’t Lower Fevers”, not why *you* shouldn’t ever lower a fever. πŸ™‚ A child with epilepsy, such as yours, falls under the last point where I say that controlling a fever may be necessary.

      My personal experience with febrile seizures includes caring for a baby who was prone to them, so I am not inexperienced. My children have not yet had any, but if they did I would take them to a naturally-minded doctor to verify that it was nothing more than a febrile seizure. It would be scary and hard to go through, but since the fever is already there once the seizure happens, I would most likely not medicate. I *might* use herbs to help keep it from spiking as quickly during the rest of the illness, but that is something I will be addressing in a future post.

    • In the article I referred to, you’ll find information on what to do if a febrile seizure happens:
      ” If the seizure lasts 10 minutes, the child should be taken immediately to the nearest medical facility. Once the seizure has ended, the child should be taken to his or her doctor to check for the source of the fever.”

  13. Lori says:

    Thank you for letting me share my thoughts. As an advocate and as a parent I feel compelled to share with others as well. I enjoy your blog!

    • Absolutely! I’d love to hear about any good resources you know of that might be helpful to other parents of children with epilepsy.

      Thanks for the comment, Lori!

  14. We have never medicated for a fever prior to this month. My almost-two-year-old had a febrile seizure. This actually caught us rather off-guard, given the timing. She had had a fever of 103-104.5 early in the morning, and was fine. It had come down to about 101.5 and stayed steadily in that range for a number of hours when she suddenly started to seize. I don’t think it lasted long – maybe 30 seconds or so – but when she started turning blue/grey, we called 911. (Not really necessary in hindsight, since it was over by the time we got there. But if it hadn’t been, we would have needed them!)

    After that, we gave her Tylenol to keep the fever lowered. But I cringed to give it to her – it’s so full of garbage! Parabens, red dye (they make a dye-free version, but someone else picked it up for us and didn’t know to look), etc. Nasty stuff!

    I am curious now…if you were me – that is, if you had just had this exact situation – would you still handle a fever by just watching it next time, or would you medicate this particular child next time she runs a fever? I am undecided, myself, and wondering what other like-minded mamas would do. I know that the seizure itself does not cause permanent damage (assuming it’s brief, as we experienced). But not breathing is not a good thing! However, I also hate the idea of pouring toxins into a tiny body that’s already compromised. (And, frankly, I found myself at a loss to know how to treat an illness or know when a child was recovered from an illness while not allowing the fever to do its job.)

    • I’m so sorry you all went through that! I was with a 16-month-old when he had a seizure (seizures ran in the whole family) and it was very scary to watch. *hugs*

      In that situation, I would have my little one checked out *just* to make sure that it really was a febrile seizure and not some other kind. If it was and the doc was sure that it wasn’t dangerous, I would most likely take the wait and see approach. A lot of kids only ever have one febrile seizure and it just doesn’t become a regular event. If it was frequent, I think I would use some gentle, non-toxic herbs when my little one was sick to help slow the climb of the fever, rather than suppress the fever. That way, the immune system could still do it’s job, but the quick temperature fluctuations wouldn’t be as likely. I’ll be doing two more posts in this series, which will cover all of that.

      Thanks so much for the comment and I pray that her seizure was an isolated event! πŸ™‚

      • Thank you for your insights! (We did take her in, btw, to have her thoroughly checked out. Poor baby got poked and prodded in nearly every orifice she had and extras that they made. πŸ™ But they ultimately agreed with us that she just had a virus and febrile seizure.)

        I have definitely gained a much greater respect for my friends whose daughter has epilepsy! I already *knew* to watch for seizure, and *knew* it wasn’t damaging her, and it’s still disconcerting. I can’t imagine seeing them regularly and knowing it likely *is* causing damage. Strong mamas!

        • I have a friend whose little boy has been having unexplained seizures for along time. So sad. πŸ™

          I really appreciate your comments and questions, Rachel!

  15. We also don’t treat fevers with fever reducers unless they get too high. Fevers are our bodies natural defense against viruses…so letting a fever go, actually helps your body to fight the viruses. I appreciate you sharing this article because I think that we as a society have forgotten this. I’d love to invite you to come by and share this blog post on my blog hop, Get Real Frugal Friday! http://realfoodrealfrugal.com/2013/01/18/get-real-frugal-friday-blog-hop-2/

  16. Interesting article! I look forward to seeing the second half. I am also your newest follower. I try to not over medicate my son as well. I typically do give him meds at night when he has high fevers because other wise he doesn’t sleep at all. But during the day I tend to let it run it’s course.

  17. We don’t immediately lower fevers either because, fevers are the body’s natural way of fighting illness. With that said, I will medicate for a rising fever of 103+, or if our children are lethargic…which almost never happens.

  18. Thanks for sharing this. I rarely medicate for fevers anymore and I find that they seem to get better a little faster. Thanks for the great informationβ€”I learned a few new things!

  19. Medicating for fevers was not what I did either. I let the fever do its work in killing the virus. I’ve found our viruses last shorter in duration than other families who medicate to reduce fevers regularly. Plus the fever keeps the child down to rest (another healing element) rather than make them feel fine and get up and play.

    Thanks for linking up this week!

    • Thanks for the comment and for hosting the link-up, Kate! And thanks for sharing your experience- we’ve certainly found the same thing to be true. πŸ™‚

  20. I try not to medicate for fevers also. One of my children had 2 febrile seizures when she was smaller. Her temperature was never above 100.5 either time; both times it was that her temperature rose too quickly. As scary as it was, I still see no reason to push medicines into my children’s bodies unnecessarily.

    • I’ll be going over a lot of herbs to ease fevers and especially ease symptoms and pain, so be sure to watch for that. We all hate seeing our little ones feeling bad, so I’ve found as many comfort measures as I can! πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for the comment, Steph!

  21. We often do not give fever reducers however we do if our child says they are also in pain. I have also read studies about the effects of pain on a developing child. In general though we let a fever do it’s thing. At 18 months old she got RSV and we at first did not medicate. She had a secondary ear infection that we did treat of course. On day 5 of fever and barely moving or eating and barely nursing, I gave her tylenol. She started to improve, she ate more and although she was still miserable, we at least saw her able to relax, sleep better and get some nourishment. The RSV continued to make it harder to breathe and we ended up doing other medical interventions. But I do not regret doing frequent pain/ fever reducers for it. It was not until day 9 that she really turned a corner.

    • That would be very rough, poor baby girl! I’ll be going over several herbs to help gently reduce fever, when needed, and some for pain control, too. In the case of a baby/toddler who is that lethargic and won’t eat or nurse enough, I would certainly use something to reduce the fever (herbs, now that I know about them, but I used meds for my first baby). πŸ™‚

      You might be interested in my post on natural remedies for ear infections.

      Thanks for the comment, Carrie!

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