Natural MD Radio: Who’s Afraid of Fever in Kids?

Did you know just 5 days of ibuprofen use has been associated with gastritis? Or that ibuprofen now has a warning for increasing the risk of heart attacks in adults who use it? Or that Tylenol eats up glutathione, one of the body’s main natural detoxification chemicals?

But these are the medications we turn to when our kids have a fever. Today I’m talking all about fever: what you need to know, the safety and risks of these medications, and some gentle alternatives you might consider using.


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“Fever is at the top of the list of the three conditions parents are most afraid of their kids getting.” – Aviva Romm

Show Notes:

  • Why we need to avoid unnecessary meds for our kids
  • Knowing when to treat and when not to treat
  • What is a high fever?
  • Exceptions to the temperature rules
  • What is the risk of brain damage
  • The reason the body creates a fever
  • When you should call the doctor
  • What is a febrile seizure

“Children can run really high fevers and not have a serious illness at all.” – Aviva Romm

  • The first steps to take
  • The issues with the typical fever treatment approaches
  • Why your kids shouldn’t eat sugar when they’re sick
  • The importance of fluids
  • The best natural approaches for fever: catnip, lemon balm, chamomile, spearmint, ginger, and elderflower
  • What supplements can also help with a fever: zinc, vitamin D and C, and a probiotic
  • How you know things are improving

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“Fever is actually beneficial and not harmful in almost all cases.” – Aviva Romm

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Erin Bonello

The get smart website shows a section for doctors office, healthcare facilities and farms. I don't see a section for parents?


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We rarely see doctors and my 6 year old has only ever had antibiotics once at age 5 when she had an infection. I never worried about giving anything for fever until my son had a febrile seizure at 2 years old. He is 3 now. It was the scariest thing I have ever been through. I thought he was dying. It was only for about 30 seconds but the longest 30 seconds of my life.


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Great podcast and perfect timing!


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Thank you aviva. This is valuable information.


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Loved it!! Thank you so much!


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Cami Ene

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and educate all of us mamas! May you receive many blessings in return for your kindness!


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My son also had several febrile seizures, even when his temp wasn't that high. Every time he had a fever it would happen. The most horrific thing I have ever been through. Definitely agree there needs to be caution with meds, but they also serve their purpose when needed.


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I listened to this last week and right on time, my baby got a 102 fever today... I made ginger tea, which was delicious and mixed it with strawberries for ice pops. She loved them. In between nursing her and naps, she is eating fruit and drinking fluids.... Thank you for helping me understand fevers in a way I hadn't before. Thank u!


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    YAY! That's wonderful!!!


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Thank you for this empowering and informative podcast, Dr. Romm. My husband and I have different approaches to treating our infant daughter when she is under the weather. We tuned into this podcast together, and were able to find some common ground for caring for our babe who has been down with a fever of 103 the past 48 hrs. You helped us both deal with the fear associated with fever in infants, and dispelled some of the misunderstandings we both had about this health issue. Many, many thanks!


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Maya K

This is such great info and so needed within the natural health community. I read a lot of posts about avoiding Tylenol and Motrin but rarely are the reasons WHY to avoid them discussed It's even more rare to read about what to look for in a fever and when to be worried. You went into so much depth...I took a bunch of notes! On a personal note, I've also found that ginger tea is excellent for a sick child (and grown-up) and had a lot of success with homeopathic belladona. Love the podcast!


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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Maya, This is Megan from Dr. Aviva's team. Thank you so much for writing and for your kind words Aviva sees every single comment! <3 Megan- Dr. Aviva Romm Nutritionist