This is the time of the year even the hardiest of us fall victim to the changing temperatures. The body is in a time of constant flux – is it getting warmer or are we about to have another flurry of snow?
Our body, like our minds, need time to adjust. If change is continually thrust upon us, our defences will weaken and the all too familiar colds and flu will appear.
Lemon Ginger tea, warm soup and an early night at the first signs of an imbalance may be just what is needed to. If not, our body’s immune system will step in, activate our warmth process and begin the fight response. Part of our body’s inbuilt defence system is a Fever.
If we can support and welcome a fever, we help our body to overcome any imbalance quickly. Conventional fever suppressants will turn down the fever, but do they deprive the body of it’s most important weapon against invading bacteria and viruses.
In a child, every fever overcome by their own immune system will strengthen not only the immune system against future illness, but may also help our children move through various developmental stages and claim their body as their own. Parents often make many observations after a child has processed a fever – their speech, movement, drawing or confidence may all show marked changes and a leap forward.
Having the confidence and know-how to responsibly support a fever are valuable tools in any household. Being equipped with the basic remedies and having provisions for practical fever management treatments can put your mind at rest.
Annette Batchelor ND RM BT
Naturopathic Consultations in the Spirit of Anthroposophy, Victoria, Australia