Natural Fever Remedies for Children


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Posted by Carol M (Louisville, Ky) on 06/23/2016
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For fever in children -- enemas! I give either a cool water - tap water temp - enema. Or, give a catnip tea enema. Catnip will bring a fever down. It soothes and calms as well.

You can find this remedy in book Prescription For Nutritional Healing. Not medical advice. See your dr before giving any home remedies.

Replied by Sue A
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I also have given enemas for fevers. I have that book as well! Every mom should have a copy in the home. Enemas are a wonderful safe home remedy.

Replied by Dee Dee
(Utah USA)

Yes, that book is one all moms should have in the home. And consult it often for ills, remedies and more.

May be best not to use tap water in the enema. Possibly best to use steamed distilled water. Tepid. Not cool or too cold. Not too warm. Just tepid water.

Giving the enema will help with the fever in the child. Also helps remove toxins. Helps relieve the constipated child.

The enema is easy to administer. No mess — contrary to wrong information told.

Not long ago my 7 yo b had a high fever. Tried giving different remedies. I do not give otc junk such as Tylenol.

His fever came about late at night. Was no danger signs or other warnings present. Was about 102 to 103. So need to go to ER. Where both of may come down with something from there!

Once I had the enema prepared and ready I took all bedside. Carried all on a tray. The bulb syringe, pan of tepid water, towel and jar of Vaseline (I didn't have a more natural lube that night).

Sat on side of the bed and gave him two bulb full from the 6 oz child's enema bulb syringe.

Gave it slowly. Had him relax and take deep breaths in and out of open mouth when gave him the enema. This wasn't his first ever enema. So I didn't have to explain it to him.

If giving a first ever ever enema best to sit down and explain it first.

Had him retain the enema for a few minutes. Then took to expel it. I was told by holistic doctor to repeat the procedure a few minutes later.

Prepared more water. gave him a second enema. Expelled.
In no time he was feeling better!

Best to speak with doctor before giving enema.

Bless all

Hold the Child

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Posted by Michelle (Lamora, Mexico) on 03/06/2008
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To hold a child brings down the fever. When the babies get sick if you hold them in the position you would were you breastfeeding them it helps to bring down the fever...something to do with the energy flow. also you can lay them on a bed and place one hand under their head and one under their bottom and let them lay on your hands for a while. this works as well

Replied by Bebe
(Elkhart , In)
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My granddaughter would keep a fever til I put my hand on the top of her head and left my hand there, it started her to sweating, I was amazed at this, I guess if their little head is exposed and not covered the heat escapes, just hold your hand on top of their head for a little while and you will began to see the difference, the fever even broke after that helped, it took a little time, just be patient and keep your hand on their little head, it will work and don`t remove your hand til you know for sure the child is sweating real good and their fever will start to slowly go down, repeat it later next time if needed.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Bebe, how interesting! I remember lying in bed as a child, with the worst headache - I don't remember if I had fever - but my grandmother came and sat next to me with her hand on my forehead and after a while I was up and about with no headache!

Replied by Marsh
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Our grandmother did this to all of us. Especially after a bath, she'd wet her hand and place it on our head. She said it kept the body warm to fight infections. She was born in the late 1800s and her kids and grandkids were seldom sick. Now... our grandkids? Their parents don't believe in any of it and the kids are always catching something.

Immune Boosters

Posted by Sadia (Uae) on 01/02/2015

my granddaughter is having on and off fever for 4 days . Her mother have been putting garlic paste on the child's feet. Yesterday they went to see their GP which told them to give more water. No meds prescribed which is a good thing. Is there more immune booster we can use for a one year old? Is Colloidal Silver safe for her and what is the dosage/how to apply? Any suggestion will be highly appreciated.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Sadie,

Astragalus root is a great herb for the immune system. In some countries it is used as food. I feel comfortable giving it to little ones. If you could get the powder form, you could add 1/4 teaspoon into some yogurt or applesauce once a day.

One way I have use colloidal silver for little ones is several drops into the ears and nose a few times a day. 25ppm.

The garlic your daughter is using is great. So happy to hear the doctor suggested more water.

Red raspberry Leaf tea is gentle and healing. It can be sweetened wit honey.

Baking soda or epsom salt baths are great for little ones. 1/2 cup of either in warm bath for 20 minutes. Adding a drop or two of lavender essential oil is nice, too.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - 1/2 teaspoon on some toast a couple of times a day is great for viruses.

I hope your granddaughter is better soon!

~Mama to Many~

Beth A

Thanks, Mama to Many. Enjoyed reading about the various natural home remedies. Good helpful and informative blog.

I have given garlic, tepid baths, chamomile, enemas and other natural remedies in the past for fevers. And enemas for constipation in the child.

Prefer natural home remedies. No OTC stuff.

Recently while watching my three grandchildren, one got a fever. And found out he didn't have a BM for two days.

My daughter-in-law (divorced) was working out of town.

After discussing on the phone my observations and his temp with her and calling holistic doctor (she is old fashioned and wonderful), was given permission to give him an enema.

The egg whites remedy did not appear to be of much help.

After preparing everything I sat down with him and told him he was going to be given an enema to help him feel better.

Asked my neighbor to come over and watch the other two while he was getting an enema.

It was amazing. Almost immediately after getting the enema he was feeling great.


Replied by Mama To Many


A quick PS - if your grandchild is under a year old, honey should not be used to sweeten tea, or internally at all.

Replied by Sadia

Mama to many; thank you very much.

Beth A

And, always consult your doctor, pediatrician, holistic provider, before giving any natural home remedies.

Prayers also are a great healing tool.


Liquid Calcium

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Posted by Chris (Denver, CO) on 12/03/2006
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My son had a relatively high fever and was lying on the couch, not doing very well at all. I had heard about calcium for fever, so I gave him some liquid calcium in apple juice and thought I'd let him sleep. 25 minutes later I went to check on him and he was outside, riding his roller up and down the sidewalk, no sign of fever! The chiropractor who first told us about calcium said that fever is actually an attempt by the body to heat up the bones and teeth so it can remove calcium and use it for the white blood cells. So taking calcium seems to make a fever unnecessary.

Mama's Remedies

Posted by Mom2many (Albuquerque, New Mexico) on 10/10/2013

Our 2 yr old Son has had high fever for a week. He also has very red swollen gums and white spots only on his tongue. We give him Honey in chamomile tea and lots of vitamin C. What is interesting to me is that his two older Sisters also had this at about the same age. His illness seems to last longer. Our Girls weathered through it with no sugar, no carbs, and a high protein diet. No cavities or long term affects from it. What is this? What else can we treat this illness with? (all of our children are highly allergic to peanuts. We do NOT vaccinate) Thank You for your help.


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Posted by Famesha (Memphis, Tn) on 04/05/2018
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Trying the raw white potatoes remedy for the first time on baby. She is 9 months, had a bad fever and chest congestion.

Now it's all going away and fever went down.

Posted by Grace (Portland, Or) on 09/03/2010
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Growing up, my parents always used potatoes in our socks for fevers. This past year, I had a fever of 102 that wouldn't drop after 2 days. I put potatoes in the fridge for 30 minutes, then sliced them, put them in my socks and started a movie. By the end of the movie my temperature had dropped to 99.9 and the potatoes were baked! After this treatment, the fever did not rise again. Cheap and healthy cure!

Posted by Amy (Bluffdale, Utah) on 05/27/2010
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My 17 month old daughter had a fever of 104F and the egg whites didn't reduce her fever so I tried the potato. I put slices of potato in her socks, (about 2mm thick)and left them there. I made it big enough to cover her whole foot. I started at 6pm and at 10pm she woke up sweaty as her fever broke. She was so miserable before and she slept well after that. Thank you so much for this wonderful site. I come here for everything.

Posted by Limajean (Near Cleveland, Oh) on 11/21/2009
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Potato as fever reducer

I sliced potatoes and put them in tight fitting socks as I put my feverish daughter to bed. She had a slight fever for most of the night. At 5:30 a.m. the fever spiked high. I removed the potato slices and put new ones in the socks. The fever instantly went down. At 8 a.m., she woke up and I removed the second slices from her socks. With each pair of potato slices, when I removed them, they were totally dry and strangely discolored (gray tinged) when I removed them. The first slices, that were in her socks the longest, continued to blacken and by 8 a.m. they were totally black. At 5:30, when I sliced the potato for the second installment, I also sliced a "control group." That control group looks like a regular sliced potato, now, 3 hours later. The second pair of potato slices that were in her socks, look very, very different from this control group. I am definitely impressed. By the way, I didn't refrigerate the slices as others have done. My naturopathic doctor told me about this remedy first. I then came to this site to see if anyone else had ever heard of it.

Posted by Heather (New Orleans, Louisiana) on 04/05/2009
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We have been using potatoes in my family to break fever for many years. My mother is 65 and HER mother used to do it when she was a little girl. I tell all of my friends about it b/c it does work and many people do not know about. Get an old pair of socks that fit snugly. Purchase larger sized potatoes. Cute them in half and keep them in the FRIDGE to make them cold! Then, slip them into your socks and keep them on your feet until they cooked! They will turn brown or black from drawing the fever out of your body. I have done this many times throughout my life and only once did my fever not break. I was very, very sick when that happened. But, 95% of the time will work for you. You can even stick the used potatoes in a bag back into the fridge to get cold again...then reapply to the feet within a half hour or so. Please try's been in my family for two generations and there is a reason why.

Replied by Beverly
(Elkhart, In)

Thank you!

Replied by Jaecey
(Markham, Ont)
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Thank you so much, Heather! ..White potato really worked! daughter's fever dropped from 100 to 99.0 in 15 min!

Replied by marsh
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Potatoes also work on burns. As a child, a friend was being chased by a cousin. His grandmother, mom and aunts were in the kitchen preparing a holiday dinner. The grandmother was taking a stock pot of potatoes in boiling water when he bumped into her full throttle and he was scorched. The grandmother yelled for sliced potatoes; the women and men started slicing until his body was covered. He said by all accounts he should have had severe burns but didn't have to see a doctor. I've keep potatoes on hand just in case.


HI Marsh,

What kind of potato did you use? Thank you.

Posted by June (Sheboygan Falls, WI) on 06/13/2008
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My daughter had a fever of 103. I came to Earth Clinic to find a natural remedy as we don't take any over the counter or prescription medications in our family. I found several suggestions, the sliced potatoes being my first choice because they were the least messy.
I sliced some potatoes, placed them on the bottom of my daughter's feet and wrapped her feet in towels. Within an hour her temp was down to 99. Another success story for us! Thanks so much to Earth Clinic for helping!

White Potato

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Posted by Wyndy (Atlanta, GA) on 01/26/2008
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I have my grandson visiting from Birmingham; he had been sick for two weeks with a terrible congestion and cough, and most recently worsened with a high fever (103oF) so I searched on line for a natural remedy to break fever. I came across this site and these suggestions. After reading all, I decided on the less messy potato remedy. I slice a white potato into pieces about the size of his little foot and ut them into his socks. It worked in 30 minutes! The fever is completely gone and he is back to a normal reading. Further, I am using apple cider vinegar with natural blue agave sweetener to loosen the congestion and a juice mixture of fresh lemon with grated ginger and sweetener to sooth his cough. Natural is always better! Thanks to all of you for sharing.

White Vinegar

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Posted by Michelle (Culver City, CA)
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I was able to break a fever using white vinegar on cloths placed on my throat & both wrists. Yes, it did smell but it broke my 104 degree temp in no time. Amazing!

Replied by Jp
(Houston, Tx)
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From what my mother had done since I was young was take some white vinegar and use some old socks that we had lying around. We would bath the socks in the vinegar and then put it on the feet for about 15 mins then let it rest for 30 then repeat so long as needed. For the most part we only needed to do it i would say twice. Brought a 104.6 fever down to about 99.8 in about an hour. Hope this helps.

Replied by Jenny
(Perth, Western Australia)
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White vinegar socks worked wonderfully for my 5yo son at night, who had a terrible fever - even the Panadol wasn't cutting it. So I soaked his socks in vinegar, sqeezed them out and put them on him (with a towel underneath to protect the bed). 20 mins later they were bone dry (practically baked on) and he was much, much cooler. Repeated the process, then took them off him. We tried this every night (when the fever was highest) for another 2 nights and on the 3rd night, the fever broke. Worked great! :D


Do you do straight white vinegar or mix with water?

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