Fever is a natural process that our bodies are designed to have, all symptoms of disease have a purpose, some are to warn us that what we are doing to ourselves is harmful and others are to help, such as remove bacteria and other pathogens from the system.


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Fever is a symptom that is helpful for a fast recovery and the more we let a fever do what it is meant to do the more our bodies will recover naturally.

The reason the body produces a fever is because it knows bacteria can only live in certain temperatures and by raising body temperature it is killing of the bacteria and in turn helping you recover quickly.

There is no need to bring down a fever artificially unless it raises to critical levels and doesn’t break, which is a rare occurrence as the body is designed to not kill itself and thus will break a fever before critical levels in most cases, but not all.

It also means you are preventing the body from treating itself naturally and removing disease.

Different ages have different levels of where a fever can go before it becomes critical and intervention is required.

The average body temperature is 37 C but can range from 36.1- 37.2, how you take someones temperature can also change the result of what is a fever or what is normal. If taking under the armpit the range for a fever is 37.8 and higher and oral is 37.2 and higher.

Critical levels of a fever for different age group include:

  • Babies and children up to the age of 6: above 39.8
  • Older children and adults: above 39

If you are worried about a fever then always consult your doctor or health professional, 24 hour doctors services are usually available.

Here are some natural ways of creating comfort and helping break a fever when it is getting to high, if these do not help then artificial invention will be required.

  • Light cotton clothing or no clothes.
  • A fan or fresh air from the window.
  • Cold face wash on the forehead.
  • Plenty of bed rest.
  • Avoid cold showers or baths as it restrict the blood vessel causing your to shiver and raise the temperature higher.
  • Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.
  • Elderflower tea has long been used to help break a fever naturally.
  • Brauer and Heel both have a homeopathic combination to help bring down fever naturally, brauer can be found in health food stores and pharmacies.

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  • I have never heard of using Elderflower tea… what an interesting idea.


  • lots of water and a few electrolyte drinks help too.


  • Thank you to the mum who said about the eucalyptus oil in the burner and also MoMs for the elderflower tea tip!

    My youngest daughter has a rare condition called “Periodic Fever Syndrome”, basically she has a genetic condition which every month causes her to get a really high temperature, with no other symptoms (other than occasional vomiting in the night). It took ages to even have a doctor listen to us, and believe it was actually happening every month – we just got blown up by them with “it’s just a virus” or something like that.
    Panadol and nurofen are virtually the only things that help, as there literally isn’t anything else to treat with it.

    But I will be trying both of these next month! (We just had our last episode a few days ago.)
    Maybe one of there will help a bit though.


  • Never knew about the tea, for us we always try to let the body fight it first


  • If a fever lasts too long it can be very hard to stay hydrated even if you seem to be drinking all the time. Time to go to hospital to be re-hydrated. You don’t want to risk other damage.
    A baby I know was rushed to a Childrens Hospital one night as she had a very high temperature and started convulsing. Her parents had tried cooling her down by sponging her with cool water(not cold). At the hospital the staff put her in a baby bath and gradually added more cold water. The Mum stopped them because she could see her baby going blue, the staff were going to argue, so the Dad stepped forward and said No my baby is cold enough to go blue within 3 minutes, now what is going to happen???


  • I remembered the routine check temperature , Panadol and using cool facecloth technique and it never failed my kids . Most important is to follow strict instructions ( generally every 4-6 hours required dose )with the Panadol or Nurofen so you don’t overdose your child .


  • didnt know about the tea! definitely one to keep in mind.
    also eucalyptus oil, thanks for sharing!


  • I used to think that as soon as kids had fever I had to give them medication like Panadol but then I received best advise. Treat the child not the fever. Now I know to only treat when at very high temps.


  • yes so let the body do it’s job but just monitor the temp. these are great tips as well. thanks for explaining it all


  • Good to know, hate when you can’t help at all


  • Eucalyptus oil in an oil burner brings a temperature down to


  • Fevers in little ones are important to monitor – to help keep on top of whats really going on, we record temperature readings and fluid intake on a sheet of paper. This way you can easily see temperature spikes, and know whether to be concerned or not. We find this quite helpful.


  • Always nice to read. Thanks for sharing. Very interesting about the elderflower tea.


  • Lke cy


  • I have just had my youngest with a fever a few days last week, I tried a few of these remedies like the cold face washer and rest and fluids before resorting to neurofen (which I only used to help ease the temp so she could sleep at night!) – some tips here though I didn’t know so will be armed ready next time


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