According to the NHS website, although worrisome to parents, fevers are common in childhood and will come and go on their own. Homeopathy for fever offers a very effective way to control fever and help to decrease discomfort during a viral fever episode.
Homeopathy can be very helpful for fevers to ease a natural way the symptoms of fever in adults of children and Belladonna, is one of the remedies that has converted most mums to homeopathy!
“As a parent, it can be extremely worrying if your child has a high temperature. However, it’s very common and often clears up by itself without treatment” .However, this is not the general feeling of the parents, who often try to bring down fevers as quickly as they can as there is a general panic feeling as soon as the temperature rises above 37.5.
Some parents think that their child has a very high fever when the thermometer reaches 38.5 even though the child is playing or resting without any distress or pain. Again, the NHS website in the UK states that if the child is well otherwise, there is no need to use fever-reducing medication: “Antipyretics aren’t always necessary. If your child isn’t distressed by the fever or underlying illness, there’s no need to use antipyretics to reduce a fever.”
Nevertheless, many parents will give children paracetamol automatically at the first sign of rising temperature. Often I find, that parents do not understand the importance of fevers and do not see it as the body working to their advantage, they have exchanged their parental intuition with a fear-driven reaction.
Some parents do not know what to expect when children are running a fever and confuse the symptoms of the body trying to recover with worrisome symptoms of an illness.
HOMEOPATHY FOR FEVER. WHAT IS A FEVER?
Fevers are a rise in your body’s normal temperature in response to infections or illness, and research suggests that this is a body response to fighting germs to make the body a less comfortable place to be.
Fever is an important part of the body’s defence against viruses and bacteria. The body creates extra heat so the virus or bacteria can not survive, so having a temperature is a healthy response to fighting invading foreign organisms.
Therefore it is not advisable to bring down the temperature if the body is fighting an infection.
A child with a fever needs to rest and sleep, which is normal, and it is expected, that the body is using all its energy to fight the infection. The child does not need to be in bed but they will probably have naps during the day and want to rest and cuddle more than usual, that is normal if the child has a fever.
Fevers do naturally go up in the evening and at night and may go down in the morning and during the day. They may rise and fall over a period of a few days before returning to normal.
The general advice is that in babies under 3 months old, it is recommended to consult a paediatrician as babies have underdeveloped immune systems. It is necessary to understand where the fever is coming from regardless of whether they are acting well or not.
Many parents and adult patients ask me if I can recommend a remedy for the beginning of infection as they feel they are coming down with something such as a cold, sore throat, earache or any other viral infections.
Working with homeopathy for fever can help to make the baby comfortable and provides a natural tool for mums.
HOMEOPATHIC DOSING REMEDIES IN ACUTE FEVERS
- A 200c potency can be repeated every 3 hours, but a 30c potency can be repeated hourly if needed.
- I sometimes give an initial boost of one dose every 15 minutes for an hour to help the fever drop a bit if it is above 39C and makes the person uncomfortable. Then continue every 3 hours or when the fever spikes again.
- Give according to the intensity of the symptoms for instance, every 30 minutes or so when symptoms are severe. Otherwise, give it every 3 hours.
- As you start to improve, reduce the frequency of administration
- You can repeat the remedy if the remedy helps but does not last long; for instance, if the remedy helps for two hours, but then the fever goes up again, then repeat the remedy according to how fast the body is using the remedy.
- Change remedy if, after 5 doses, the remedy has not helped.
REMEDIES WHICH ARE MOST HELPFUL IN HOMEOPATHY FOR FEVERS
Symptoms may start after exposure to cold wind, dry cold weather or exposure to drafts with perspiration.
Sudden onset of high fever and feeling very restless and anxious. You are worse after midnight, you have probably gone to bed ok and awakened at night with a fever.
Although the face may be red and flashed, on rising up from the bed the face becomes pale. Face alternating red and pale. You may be very thirsty for cold water.
FERRUM PHOS 200c
Feeling of tiredness and can hardly move about and pains in the joints which are worst by any movement.
Sore bruised pain in the body. Wrists ache and lose the power to grasp. You may have a fever but not as hot as Belladonna or Aconite. The face may be flushed.
This is a good remedy if the symptoms of aconite or Belladonna are not very clear; this remedy lies somewhere in between both.
Symptoms are not very marked in this remedy; if there is a fever, it tends to be mild.
Symptoms are sudden and very violent, developing a very high fever[39.9C]where you may feel very hot to touch and look very red on the face and maybe delirious with the fever.
Although you may feel burning hot, you can have cold hands and feet.
You may have red glassy eyes and dilated pupils. Pains are throbbing and burning, and you do not feel very thirsty. You feel worse in the afternoon.
Sometimes, these remedies given right at the start manage to abort the whole process; other times, they help with the initial symptoms.
This is also a good remedy for children that throw high fevers with convulsions.
However, if more than 24-48 hours have passed since the first symptoms, it is unlikely that the above remedies will help.
At this point, second-stage remedies for acute viral infections may be better indicated.
Let’s face it, life is not always simple! But here is another solution for you.
If you awaken in the middle of the night and feel unsure if you should give Belladonna or Aconite ( as they can look similar), you can combine both in the mouth and use it as a combination!
These are some blogs that may be helpful for viral infections that accompany a fever:
- Homeopathy for Pneumonia
- Homeopathy for Coughs
- Homeopathy for colds and flu
- Homeopathy for ear pain
- Homeopathy for tonsillitis
HOMEOPATHY FOR VIRAL FEVER SECOND STAGE
This is a nice remedy for fevers that are continued without a brake.
They tend to be similar to influenza fevers, tropical fevers, or septic fevers.
The fever can be accompanied by muscle soreness and tiredness.
One dose every 3 hours can help this type of continuous fever.
Fevers accompanying a septic state or chronic fevers.
BANERJI PROTOCOL TIP
For very high fever with a risk of convulsion ,use:
Arnica 3c+ Cuprum Met 6c to stop temperature from rising and prevent convulsions. Continue with other remedies as well as this protocol. Give every 15 minutes for an hour and wait one hour.
For general fever:
Eupatorium Perfoliatum 30+Belladonna30 every hour until fever begins to lower.