|sad, feverish Gabe|
At our house, we try many tricks to try to allay the woes of a fever, and lately, we've been able to let fevers run their courses in both of our children without dosing them up with Tylenol or Motrin.
Until this week. Gabe ran a hot-for-him fever of 102 for 2 nights in a row. It would, as fevers tend to do, go low-grade during the day, but it was the most uncomfortable I'd ever seen him with a fever. He was sleeping fitfully during his naps, and between the hours of 8pm till midnight on both nights, both Greg and I took turns soothing him as he would cry about every 30 minutes. He was not happy. The first night of the bad fever, we ended up giving him a small dose of Motrin. I'd just been reading about how toxic Tylenol is now considered for the liver (and I used to think Tylenol was the better of the 2! See here: http://holisticsquid.com/tylenol-trouble/) But the Motrin did its trick, and he slept peacefully until 6am, woke up for a quick drink, and then slept till 10am! He was a tired boy!
However, during the day Friday, his fever crept back up again. I knew if we kept medicinally reducing it, it would probably not have a chance to reach its breaking point anytime soon and he'd just be struggling with it again over the next few days. So, I was scouring my resources for what I could try. We'd tried Aconite, elderberry syrup, Vitamin C, probiotics, and an essential oil rub (all at various times). I remembered reading or hearing somewhere though that cut up onions on the feet underneath socks could help. (http://wellnessmama.com/1499/natural-illness-prevention-and-treatment-beat-the-cold-flu-and-fever-faster/) The onions brought the fever out and in the morning, they'd basically be cooked little wimpy things in the socks.
I thought it was worth a shot, and I had a fresh onion, so why not? Greg definitely looked at me like I was crazy, but this is not the first time I've ever done something insane in the name of health.
|Onion: 1, Fever: 0|
When he woke up this morning, he was not burning up. I could tell he was still feeling unwell, but he was not feverish like he'd been. Did the onions work? Our case size was 1, and our experiment only lasted 1 night, but in this case, I'm going to say Onion: 1, Fever: 0.
He just woke up from a 3 hour nap and is not burning up. We'll see how the rest of the day unfolds, but his energy and temperament already appear better.
In case you want to read anecdotal evidence about onions, here's some reading enjoyment:
If you are curious about why fevers serve a purpose, read here: