Acetaminophen( aka Tylenol) causes an alarming number of cases of liver damage, acute liver failure and death each year, to the tune of 26,000 hospitalizations, 56,000 emergency room visits, 100,000 calls to poison control centers, and over 450 deaths. Even when taken at the recommended doses, acetaminophen can still cause major problems.
So what do you do instead?
What do I do for a fever?
Fever is actually a positive sign that your immune system is paying attention and fighting disease.
Fever is one of our body’s natural defenses against infection. Having a fever forces us to stay in bed—which gives our bodies time to heal.
Several studies have found that treating a fever can actually have a negative effect, prolonging the length of time you’re sick.
Don’t be afraid of a fever.
That said, if you’re concerned that the fever is too high or if your fever is making you or your child miserable, a wet washcloth with a drop or two of lavender oil on it applied to the forehead will bring relief. As will a sponge bath, as the water evaporating from your skin will cool down the body. If you are really worried, get checked out. Peace of mind is worth it but soon enough you will know how your child responds to fever.
Try this home remedy for fever ,
The Wet Sock Trick
- Run cotton socks under cold water and wring them out
- Put them on your feet and cover with a larger pair of wool socks
- In the morning the socks will be dry and the fever will be gone
Babies with fever will also benefit from skin-to-skin. Take off your shirt (and bra) and hold your baby to your chest in nothing but their birthday suit. Your body temperature will help them regulate theirs.
A baby who has a high fever and is acting lethargic should be seen by a doctor or taken to the emergency room right away!
What do I do for a headache?
The best natural alternative to Tylenol is turmeric, a root used in Indian and African cooking known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric: Usually a quarter of a teaspoon of ground turmeric in 8 ounces of water or juice will do the trick for children, a half teaspoon for teens, and a teaspoon for adults. But you have to experiment a bit to get the dose right for you.
Peppermint oil: Mix a drop or two of peppermint essential oil into a quarter of a cup of coconut oil. Massage this on your temples and neck, carefully avoiding your eyes. Some migraine sufferers report washing their hair with peppermint shampoo can also help.
What about for aches and pains?
Follow the instructions for headache above, applying peppermint oil where it hurts. Take turmeric (up to 2 Tablespoons every 3-4 hours until the pain goes away).
Epsom salt bath: An Epsom salt bath relieves aches and pains (and can often cure headaches). Headaches are sometimes caused by a lack of magnesium. When you take an Epsom salt bath, magnesium sulfate is absorbed through your skin. Put 2 cups of Epsom salts and half a cup of apple cider vinegar in a bath as hot as you can stand it. Add a drop or two of lavender essential oil to the bath. Soak for 40 minutes or until the water gets cold.
Magnesium citrate: Use as directed on the label. I recommend you take this at night, before bed. Magnesium citrate is a natural muscle relaxant (it also helps you have more regular bowel movements.
I believe it’s important not only to treat the symptoms but to find out what is causing them in the first place.
So if you’re suffering from chronic pain, I’m here to tell you that it’s time for a nutrition and lifestyle overhaul.
You may be eating foods that are pro-inflammatory and making you sick, you may be stressed out in ways that are putting your body into fight-or-flight mode, you may have spinal misalignments putting stress on your muscles and nerves, and you may not be getting enough exercise.
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