Home Remedies for Fever

A fever can be caused by many medical conditions ranging from not serious to potentially serious. This includes viral, bacterial and parasitic infections such as the common cold, urinary tract infections, meningitis, malaria and appendicitis among others.



The normal body temperature is considered as 37° C (98.6° F) although it can vary due to different reasons. For instance, body temperatures taken at different locations of the body vary slightly. Oral temperature may be higher than the rectal temperature. The normal body temperature range for babies is between 96.8°F to 98.6°F (36°C to 37°C), for children is 96.8- 98.24°F, which is almost the same as for adults. Keep a chart handy of these ranges so that you can refer to them when you or your child develops a fever.

Causes of fever

  • In most cases a fever is caused by an underlying illness or infection. As the immune system fights off an infection, it generates heat, which results in an increased body temperature. In addition, the hypothalamus (that acts as the body’s thermostat) increases the body’s base-line temperature.
  • This raised body temperature assists the immune system in ridding the body of illness as the viruses and bacteria that cause them thrive in cooler environments and generally cannot withstand high temperature. The causes of a fever may range widely from common teething in infants and a bout of flu, to more serious conditions such as pneumonia, glandular fever, sunburn and heatstroke.
  • They may even occur as a result of certain medications including some antibiotics, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs. It is therefore always important to monitor a fever and seek medical attention if it increases rapidly, or persists, so that a correct diagnosis can be achieved.

Tips for Fever

  • Make sure you monitor your child’s fever closely. This can be done by checking your child’s temperature at least every 4 hours until it has completely subsided.
  • Guard against dehydration by ensuring your child drinks plenty of fluids and make sure these do not contain caffeine.
  • A lukewarm bath or sponge bath will help to cool down a high fever but never use cold water or ice.
  • Encourage plenty of bed rest as moving around raises body temperature even more. This can be tricky with children that get frustrated when confined to bed, so you may have to think creatively. Try quiet activities such as coloring, game books, books on tape and playing cards.
  • Dress your child in light cotton pajamas so that body heat can escape and do not bundle your child up at bedtime.

Home remedies

  1. Drink as much water as you can in order to replace fluid loss. It will also help to bring down body temperature.
  2. Rest as much as possible.
  3. Avoid suddenly changes in atmospheric temperatures.
  4. Avoid eating solid foods until the fever is gone. You can replace the foods by drinking plenty of distilled water and/or juices.
  5. when you have fever do not take any supplement containing either iron or zinc. Taking iron causes great tension in a body that is fighting infection; and zinc is not absorbed by the body when you have fever.
  6. Take cool bathes, fill a bath tub, submerge and lay down for 5' approximately. Repeat as needed until the fever is down.
  7. If the fever does not exceed 102 degrees let it run its course. It helps the body to fight infection and eliminate toxins. Eating of cumin seeds with jaggery cures the fever, which is troubling you for a long time.
  8. Taking of 20 to 40 grams of holy black basil leaves juice can cure fever. Holy black basil is a very good natural home remedy for fever treatment.
  9. Drinking of 30 to 80 grams decoction made with the roots of holy black basil plant two times in a day can helps to cure not only common fever but also cures all types of fever.
  10. Fever Treatment with Datura
  11. Eating of 3 Datura seeds three times in a day helps to cure fever. Datura is the very good home remedy for fever.
  12. Boiling root powder in water to prepare a concentrate (1 cup reduced to ½) could be taken, with a little sugar added, daily morning on the empty stomach.
  13. Prepare sharbat by boiling by some tamarind pulp in half liter of milk and adding some dates, cloves, sugar, cardamoms and a very little camphor. It lessens the fever.
  14. Use Peepal leaves as laxative and tonic. They relieve feverish feeling of coolness.
  15. The bark of Tamarind acts as an astringent, a tonic and it reduces fever. Use the bark as laxative.
  16. Applying of small mustard seeds oil to the body is helpful for people who are suffering with dengue fever. Usually dengue fever effected people suffering with joint pains and pains in the legs and hands.
  17. When a child has fever do not give them aspirin, instead try to reduce the fever with cold baths.

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