As my sick baby just fell asleep nested against my chest, I thought that I could share with you a few interesting things about fever.
In modern countries, as soon as the baby rectal thermometer indicates fever, most parents get pretty nervous and immediately administer Tempra like medicine. It is common beliefs that fever is dangerous. However, it is generally not the case. Fever is a natural process that helps eliminate the damn virus or bacteria that makes your child miserable. Fever is not a disease but a symptom.
That being said, my herbalism teacher told us that any child 3 months or younger with a fever higher than 38C (100.4F) must see a doctor as soon as possible. For older kids, there's no need to call the doctor unless the fever persists for more than 72 hours or is very high (41.1C or 106F).
Simple fever information from my herbalist class
Unless your child is very uncomfortable, go easy with commercial fever medicine such as children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen (baby 6 months or older).
A feverish kid needs to rest, rest and rest.
It is normal to have very little appetite. However, it is crucial to stay well hydrated. Miso soup, broth, raspberry leaf herbal tea or slippery elm herbal tea are all "nutritious" options.
Do not over dress or under dress your child...extremes are never good!
If the fever doesn't stop your kid from playing and eating normally it is probably not a big deal (note: Alice is not playing at all and doesn't want to eat...poor little bunny!!!).
Constant human contact (hello baby carrier) and love is generally what works the best during a fever.
superb fox illustration by ChipmunkCheeks
* * * * *
di: Obviously! You can't go wrong with clothes pegs, pans, wooden spoons and large cardboard boxes.
guru: Your daughter has a lovely name, ah!
sandra: You could make it much nicer than mine...cover it with pretty paper, make, use colorful tape...