North and especially little Indigo were down with change of season colds, coughs and fevers all week. In our family we like to let our bodies fight things as naturally as they can avoiding any intervention beyond homeopathy, nutrition, herbs, stocks and teas.
In Anthroposophical Medicine (and conventional medicine, see: Yale School of Medicine) a fever is important to the healing process when you are sick because it strengthens the immune system. We try our best not to suppress fevers in our home but instead to make the children as comfortable as possible and to draw a high fever away from their heads- in order to keep the warmth well-distributed so that all body parts are of the same temperature. My 'high temperature comfort limit' is a little less than the Anthroposophical Medicine's recommendations (41˚C) - if their fever ever went above 103.5˚F (40˚C) and wasn't budging I would then give them paracetemol. But so far, the "Lemon Wrap" has been highly effective at times of need.
We soak a thin pair of socks that go up around the children's calves in the lemon water and then our wool socks overtop.
"Fever" is an article by Susan R. Johnson, FAAP from www.youandyourchildshealth.org that explains how to administer a "Lemon Wrap". It also includes a list of warning signs of when to seek professional medical help (sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, stiff neck, lungs clear etc.).
I am by no means a Doctor or health professional of any kind- I am only sharing a remedy that has worked for us. Always seek medical advice if you are unsure whether a sickness is serious or not.
I ended up taking Indigo to a Western Doctor as well as a Chinese Medical Doctor on Wednesday morning because she was so ill. The Western doctor of course prescribed antibiotics (after he stated he thought her cough was viral and antibiotics wouldn't work on a viral infection!). The Chinese Doctor prescribed some herbs and tea. I filled the antibiotic prescription and put it in the fridge and resolved to wait 24 hours before giving it to her. I gave her the Chinese herbs, used saline nasal spray, continued with chicken stock, tea and manuka honey, said a healing prayer, cuddled her to no end and the next day she had miraculously improved without having to resort to the antibiotics. I also resorted to one dose of ibuprofen at naptime that day (when a fever wasn't present) because I thought her throat must be so sore from coughing and I wanted her to have a restful sleep.
Of course every child and sickness is different which is why I believe motherly instincts play such a huge role in healing. I comfortably use natural herbs and remedies when I have conventional medicine as a back-up and close at hand. It puts my mind at rest knowing that if Indigo had made a turn for the worse I would have had everything she needed. There was power and security in knowing that I had consulted multiple practitioners and gathered as much information as I could about the sickness before drawing any conclusions or administering medicine and remedies.
How do you approach sickness in your family? Do you take a more conventional band-aid approach or do you take things more slowly? Or do you fall somewhere in between? Things to think about...