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temperatures?

Sorry if I sound dim but can anyone share tips on reducing temperatures?  Erin has had a raging temp (+39 degrees) a couple of times in the past few days.  I have given her Calpol but am sure that there are other ways of reducing temp.  I've read contradicting things about stripping her down and applying a cool flannel.  I really don't want to use Calpol unneccesarily...  she doesn't seem to have any other symptoms and I suppose a temperature means her body is fighting it, should I just not give Calpol? So much contradicting info out there...

many thanks xxx
Anne Thomas

I assume you managed to sort this out - what did you do in the end?

It would be good to get the views of Helen and Claire on this as there is so much conflicting information out there.  A temperature is the body's way of combatting an infection and so shouldn't really be stopped, but just managed.  Obviously there are some for whom a temperature can be dangerous, but it would be great to have some sound advice for this as it is something Mum's will face many times.

You could always give the feet (or hands or ears are very good for babies) a good overall, but gentle massage.  This will help to switch on the body's own healing mechanism and bring it back into balance.  Just focus on gently massaging over every inch of the foot, all round the toes and right to the back of the heel and lower leg.  If you got into the habit of doing this once a week, for example, it would help build your baby's inner strength and vitality.

Happy new home by the way.


Anne
Jolanky

i was told to try the homeopathic remedy Belladonna? Isabel hasn't had a temperature since I was told about this so not sure if it would have worked
Nature's Mother

It seems that everytime her molars were close to coming through Erin's temp would soar sky high.  No other symptoms though.  Weird. The 2 that were looming have finally broken through so hopefully no temps for a while.  I did massage her little hands & feet in Spain when I just felt it was wrong to keep giving Calpol and her temp did drop...so, yay! thanks for that tip Anne!  

I get pretty scared everytime her temp goes about 38.5 & have images of her convulsing or start thinking she's contracted something that I "should have" vaccinated her against...oh the joys of motherhood, huh?!  Smile

I was with a friend in spain who suggested I keep giving Erin Calpol & offered me Nurofen too saying you could give them together, so that it didn't have a chance to come up at all  Shocked ...I said no thanks.

Jo, thanks for belladonna tip...I will have to get my hands on some..I may save up to get a homeopathic first aid kit...anyone got one?

love sharon x
Anne Thomas

Hi Sharon - I haven't got a first aid 'kit' just a box of the remedies we usually use.  Although belladona is a good choice, I would suggest checking with a homeopath.  It may be fine to act for yourself, but to make choices for your baby is not always so easy.  Is it possible for you to go and see a homeopath?  They usually offer family discounts and it would be so good for you to have a 'back-up' health system for when things go astray and to help relax you about non-vaccination.

Anne
Nature's Mother

Hi Anne,

Thank you, I'm hoping to be able to go see a homeopath sometime soon...I'm just starting to do carework again so will start saving!

By the way...is there such a thing as a homeopath for animals?  My friend has 2 pet rats which are permanently on human antibiotics for a chronic breathing condition...I'm sure there must be an alternative? poor things!

many thanks
sharon
LittleBrownFrog

I have a family homeopathy kit from Ainsworth's - we've exhausted the arnica supply in it several times over lol, but the whole thing is really useful - including the little basic guide book that comes with it.

Regarding temperatures, I'm afraid I do tend to go down the paracetamol / ibuprofen route - My eldest daughter suffers from febrile convulsions, and my eldest son shows similar tendencies - the first convulsion was so frightening for me that I am unwilling to risk a repeat performance Sad
Nature's Mother

I don't blame you, that must be awful! Thanks for kit tip! I'm sure it won't go to waste if I have it. xxx
Jolanky

Just having a read of some old posts. I was recently told not to use a cold flannel on Isabel. Apparently a warm one is better. I was told the reason why and it sounded scientific but I can't remember. Not sure if Erin is still getting temperatures
LittleBrownFrog

I think it might be to do with a cold flannel causing the body to over-compensate and make itself warmer in response?
Jolanky

That was it! Thanks for filling in the bits where my brain has failed me  Laughing

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