August 2, 2013 | Posted in Immune System, Inflammations / Infections, Pediatrics

Fever can accompany acute illness, and is part of the body’s wisdom in activating the immune system to re-create health.  Fever is a sign that the immune system is working, and is not dangerous in and of itself.  However, the illness underlying the fever has less or more risk.

The occurrence of fever signifies the person has a stronger immune system than the person who has an acute illness and does NOT run a fever.


Fever : Mother caring for childIn anthroposophic medical understanding, fever represents the activity of the I organization, the subtle body of the spiritual aspect of the human being (see Ego,Self, I) reorganizing relationships among all the subtle bodies (see also Etheric Body, and Astral body) and the physical body (you know what that is). Identification of self versus non-self is activated, usually through the innate immune system (see Innate immunity and Acquired immunity).

White blood cells are more vigorous in an overwarmed, and underfed state. Stated another way, white blood cells are more active in a person who is warm and eating lightly or fasting, than in a person who is chilly and overfed. This principle forms a foundation for some holistic treatments of fever.

Most often fever is caused by common benign viral infections. The fever itself is not dangerous; the underlying illness may be benign, or more serious. Most importantly, help the sick person (often a child) to tolerate the fever with a supportive, calm environment (see Healing environment).   The clothing, diet, and compresses listed below all contribute to accomplishing this. A parent’s calmness and intuition are important in assessing the child’s progress and safety.

Anti-pyretics (acetaminophen or Tylenol, ibuprofen or Motrin, aspirin, etc.) suppress the fever reaction in the body, which undermines or weakens the body’s activation of its immune system. (Anti-pyretics also relieve pain, and are appropriately used to relieve suffering. This is a more valuable use than using them to suppress fever.)

Natural remedies work with the body to efficiently complete the work of fever, balance any excess of it, and return to normal. A body warm all over, including toes, is more likely to let go of fever than a feverish patient with a burning head and feet that feel like ice blocks. The fever that enters the whole body — to the warm/hot toe tips — is more likely to accomplish its infection-fighting work and resolve quickly than one which is ‘stuck’ in the upper body.  Do a warmth inventory frequently during a fever, to see that the body’s warmth is distributed evenly.   Check by touching the  forehead, fingers, waistline in back, and toes.  Ideally, toes would be as warm as the warmest part of the body.  See Warmth and health.

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Clothing, diet, compresses: Proper dressing of the patient lets warmth be evenly distributed but not trapped. Natural fabrics (cotton, silk, linen, wool) breathe, and do not trap heat, and are the best clothing for a feverish patient. Liquids at room temperature or warmer are best to not shock the system, and should include some sugars (eg honey or fruit juice) and some salt (eg broth with sea salt, or lick a saltine cracker). Food should be very light (no milk, eggs, flesh food, soy or other beans), cooked, and of high quality (organic non-GMO, ideally).

Lemon calf compress (see Lemon calf compress for fever; and the teaching video at can be applied to patient’s calves as long as the feet and toes are toasty warm – hot. If feet/toes are not hot, warm them up before applying this compress, with foot rubs, hot water bottles, wool socks. Then you may apply the compress. This compress often works dramatically, calming the child into a peaceful, comfortable state. It may also bring fever down quickly.

The toxic symptoms associated with fever are lessened by inducing bowel movements. One half of a Dulcolax suppository (under age 3 yr) or a glycerine suppository (infant size under age 1 yr, and adult size over one year old). The suppository should be inserted far enough so that the anal sphincter can close normally behind it.

Enemas are another option. Enemas can lower the core body temperature, remove toxins, and hydrate all at the same time. Enema of body temperature liquid (approx 98 degrees) is used. Warm water sponge bath can be used cautiously, avoiding chill or draft, to create evaporation on limbs and lower body temperature. Use no cold water baths as this drives the heat inward to the core of the body.

Oral remedies specific to supporting the fever process and its rapid resolution:

Uriel Apis Belladonna for adults 10 pellets four times daily orally.

True Botanica Argentum Quarz Pentas for adults 20 drops 1-3 times per day orally.

Uriel Echinacea Thuja or Silicea Belladonna administer for adults 10 pellets four times per day orally.

ASK YOUR DOCTOR:   Practitioners may treat children using Uriel’s Echinacea Thuja or Silicea Belladonna one pellet per year of age (up to 10 pellets) frequently (eg every 15-30 minutes) if fever is high or if patient is uncomfortable, less frequently if fever is low and patient is active, eating, sleeping, playing. Some practitioners recommend Uriel Aconite Bryonia suppository child or adult size according to age inserted every 8 hours if needed for fever.

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Learn the cause of every fever (see Diagnosis), except very low and very brief fever in an otherwise normal-appearing patient.

Work with a healthcare practitioner in applying natural treatments for fever.

Teething fever only goes to 101 orally; anything higher needs explanation from another cause.

Fever and listlessness require emergency room or urgent doctor visit.

The younger a child is, the less reserve they have, and the more closely must they be watched.

Fever in a playing, eating, happy child is less concern than in a crying, clingy, or listless child.

The total picture is more important than the degree of fever measured. Rapid respiration or shortness of breath can signify pneumonia and require chest exam by auscultation.

Fever of unknown origin (no obvious source) requires full exam including otoscope exam of ears and possibly urinalysis for urinary tract infection.

Fever and abdominal pain could be appendicitis, urinary tract infection, ectopic pregnancy.

Fever associated with diarrhea and/or vomiting can lead quickly to dehydration.

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True Botanica +1 800 315 TRUE (8783) (in USA) +1 262 912 0970 (outside USA)

Uriel Pharmacy +1 866 642 2858 (in USA) +1 262 642 2858 (outside USA)

Weleda Pharmacy +1 800 241 1030 (in USA and to obtain contact info for outside the USA)

Clinical Manual of Fever in Children, El-Radhi, Sahib, et al, Springer, 2008.

Compresses and other therapeutic applications, Fingado, Monika, Floris Books, 2012.

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