Cold and Flu Compendium
A Natural Approach to Children's
A fever is a mechanism the immune system employed to throw off
toxins and fight infection. According to Dr Christopher,
"a fever can be an aid and a blessing if worked with intelligently... but
if fought against ignorantly, or ignored, it is a killer. Our job
in wholistic healing is to praise the fever and work with it, not fight
against it. " Trying to suppress the fever with acetominophen, ibuprofen,
or aspirin tricks the body into thinking it has healed before all the microbes
are killed or toxic substances are thrown off by the body's defenses.
Instead, we should assist the fever to rebuild a malfunctioning area
with the cleaning-feeding process. When a child develops a fever
, the body is doing two things; one is to draw healing aids from the body
(if they are there), and the other is to discard or burn up unwanted materials.
While it is true we must not let the fever reach too high a level, we can
keep the fever in check while assisting the cleansing process with the
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When a fever first shows itself: A pleasant herbal tea of red raspberry
leaf or yarrow can be given for when a fever is just starting, because
it may be a minor condition or just a common cold. Red raspberry
leaf tea is high in a number of organic minerals and vitamins and is
a fine herbal liquid food for the body. It contains the wonderful
nitrate of iron which has remarkable blood-making and regulating properties
as well as astringent and contracting action on the internal tissues and
membranes. It also cntains pectin, malic and other organic acids,
calcium and potassium chloride and sulphates. Sweeten with honey
or maple syrup or blend with fresh ( if possible) berry juice; the important
thing is to get the child to drink lots of it.
Next, check the bowels, to see if child is constipated. Many times
a good bowel movement is all that is necessary to bring down a fever.(see
flu treatment above).
Do not force food on a sick child, but do offer plenty of fresh vegetable
and fruit juices; these foods will help the rebuilding and cleansing
process. Solid foods will only overload the digestive system at this
The fever should be watched closely and the child should be kept
from getting chilled, but don't let child overheat with too many blankets.
After fever has dropped, gradually introduce solid foods starting with
fresh fruits and vegetables, or lightly steamed vegetables. Avoid
mucus-forming foods ( cooked and baked foods, dairy products, breads,
and sugar products) for another two days.
Febrile seizures: If child can not be seen by a doctor right
away, place cool ( not cold) compresses behind the head, under the armpits
and in the groin area to bring fever down to safe level quickly.
As an emergency measure, a few drops of anti-spasmodic tincture may
be placed under the tongue, but other fluids should not be given until
child regains consciousness. Control fevers and prevent febrile seizures
by following the above procedures and recommendations.