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 Integrative Medicine: Fever  

Ferrum phosphoricum treats a moderate fever, including a previously high fever that has been lowered by Aconite or Belladonna. Ferrum phosphoricum is also useful for a fever that is not sudden, high, or rapid in onset. It is good for a child who is pale and feels weak. Give your child one dose of Ferrum phosphoricum 6x, 12x, 6c, or 9c, every two hours, up to a total of six doses.

Gelsemium is for the child who sustains a fever and whose whole body feels achy and flushed. His eyelids are heavy and droopy, and he has no thirst. Give this child one dose of Gelsemium 30x or 9c, every two hours, up to a total of four doses.

Mercurius solubilis is recommended for the feverish child with offensive-smelling breath, body odor, stool, and/or urine. Give this child one dose of Mercurius sollubilis 12x or 6c, every two hours, up to a total of four doses.

Phosphorus 30x or 9c is useful for a child suffering from a cough or respiratory infection with fever and who craves ice-cold drinks (which, unfortunately, he may not be able to keep down for very long). Give him one dose, every two hours, up to a total of four doses.

If none of the above remedies seems right for your child, a homeopathic combination fever remedy maybe helpful. Follow dosage directions on the product label.

For the locations of acupressure points on a child's body, see ADMINISTERING AN ACUPRESSURE TREATMENT. .

Large Intestine 4 clears heat in the body and promotes calm.

Four Gates helps to relax a feverish child.

General Recommendations
To prevent dehydration, encourage a feverish child to drink plenty of fluids. The increased metabolic rate that results from a fever causes the body to lose fluids rapidly.

Give your child an echinacea and goldenseal combination formula.

Select and administer a symptom-specific homeopathic remedy.

If your child is running a low temperature, encourage him to rest in cool pajamas under a light sheet. Keep a watchful eye on him, and do not let him become chilled. A chill brings on shivering, which can increase the metabolic rate and cause the fever to escalate.

To promote perspiration and bring down a moderate to high temperature, give your child fever-reducing herbal tea.

Sponging your child with warm water or having him soak in a tepid bath can help reduce a fever. Give your child a soothing herbal bath. Beneficial herbs can be absorbed through the skin. You can pour several cupfuls of fever-reducing tea into tepid bath water, or, if your child is uncomfortable and restless, prepare chamomilla tea and add several cupfuls of that to the bath. Allow your child to enjoy a leisurely soak.

Do not sponge your child with cold water or rubbing alcohol or give him a cold bath. Cold and alcohol cause the blood vessels in the skin to constrict, making it more difficult for heat to escape from the body.

(Excerpted from Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child ISBN: 1583331395)
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Janet Zand LAc, OMDJANET ZAND, O.M.D., L.Ac. is a nationally respected author, lecturer, practitioner and herbal products formulator whose work has helped thousands of people achieve better health....more
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