Fever in a small child is a bit different from an adult. An adult by virtue of their size has quite a lot of (skin) area that it can use to get rid of heat. Most often an adult can deal with fever with no medication at all. A small child on the other hand can have their temperature escalate very quickly. We have a son who was small for his age and has had problems over heating to the point of convulsions. He also has issues with the normal medications used to bring down fever.
So what to do? Well what I did was very simple. I took my shirt off and had him sleep on my chest with only a diaper. I was his heat sink. It was also a very long night for me It did however steady Mark's temperature as he worked through his fever.
Mark has since grown up (he's 14 now), but It occurred to me that this bit of info might just help someone else at sometime. I have heard of people using body heat to help someone with hypothermia ... well this is the same principle. If your child has a fever and it keeps climbing don't panic, help them.
There is a basic premise here..... a subject very important to understand for all who are hurting physically. The body has very powerful systems to effect healing and if we understand them we never need suffer long from acute disease. When mismanaged acute becomes chronic. There is too much chronic disease around today and we need never suffer from chronic disease. Ever. Die of old age full of years.... not die of chronic sickness as is the norm in our modern society. Medical science has been shown to be failing us with the escalating chronic disease stats. Natural healing works with the most powerful and effective healing system - the body. MUCH more effective than being dependent on drugs. More sustainable too. And far less challenging than dealing with drug side-effects that just accumulate into a morass of endless suffering on the drug treadmill.
I continuously took his temperature adjusting the water so his temp remained around 101 degrees. I wanted the fever to do it's work without pain or internal damage. Just over an hour and his fever broke, and he was able to sleep peacefully.
I have never heard of using another person's body to cool someone, that is interesting. I liked the control I had using the bath and the speed at which I was able to relieve his pain.
Just after my son was born I woke with a fever of 105 and I can tell you it is extremely painful. For myself I took a couple left-over prescription pain pills and went to sleep. When I awoke hours later my fever and it's pain were gone. I was lucky I do not recommend this as fever treatment. My fevered brain didn't think about using a bath, all I could think of was stopping the mind numbing pain. I really could not think straight at all the pain was so bad. My fever was due to mastitis.
Consider large doses of Vitamin C. Adelle Davis used to call it the good Christian vitamin. It locks onto toxicity and washes it away. She would even use it intravenously to pull people out of a coma. Excellent for bringing down high fevers without harmful side-effects. She advised that if you want to take a drug then take the vitamin C too and it will lock onto the toxicity of the drug. Protective of the liver which has to process all the poisons.
Vitamin C in large enough doses is a powerful anti-inflammatory as well as fighting infection. Excellent to keep in first aid kit. Tablets and powder form. I use a powder when large doses are required. One teaspoon is 2 grams.
Dr Linus Pauling highly recommended the many benefits of vit C. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/12154.php.
Here is another article about vit c if anyone is interested. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/20/ronald-hunninghake-on-vitamin-c.aspx
I have used it for years... with me and the family.
But back in the 80's when I had my 'fever' experiences I was clueless about natural treatments. Most of us have been raised on modern medicine and television marketing.... so sad really. So it can take years to renew our thinking.
I learned the hard way how to avoid postpartum depression, mastitis and other common ailments. I wish I had the internet back then.
Relevant to child fevers, I should have added before that I had my children on Acerola tablets when they were young - as a supplement - and especially when they were going through fever. This is a composite C-complex with bioflavanoids and great even for kids. They would happily suck them like sweets even when sick..... I gave them from really young. No food, water, and Acerola as they wanted, as they lay in bed. They didn't want to eat. They always mended quickly. The doc was visited for the letter for school if it was required. Many scripts went unfilled. Mostly antibiotics were prescribed and as most of our immunity is the flora in our gut that seemed rather counter-intuitive. The recommended dose of yoghurt was totally inadequate for that kind of damage. Takes some time to restore the flora adequately again; and we need a wide range of flora. That's why kids end up needing medical care more and more as they get that kind of medical care. I find it tragic how much unnecessary suffering there is. And the doc's mostly really believe they are helping.
I have a high regard for the trauma side of modern western medicine.... many lives are saved..... but none for drug medical care... the harm far outweighs the good.
The other bad habit that this book may help you avoid is what we call the "drug treadmill." People over the age of 50 are the most familiar with this scenario. Here's how it works: Let's say a fairly healthy 50-year-old named Bob visits his doctor for an annual checkup and is prescribed the seemingly harmless drug Tagamet for indigestion. The Tagamet causes joint pain, but Bob doesn't know it is the Tagamet that is doing it, so he starts to take Tylenol (acetominophen) to treat the pain. Bob likes to have a few cocktails before dinner, and he doesn't know that combining alcohol and Tylenol can cause serious liver damage. (Liver damage caused by acetominophen is one of the leading causes of emergency room visits in the United States.) In addition, the Tagamet is already putting stress on Bob's liver, which is being chronically damaged by the combination of drugs and alcohol. Because of the constant stress, his liver is unable to keep up with the job of detoxifying his body, and soon he is coming down with colds and getting infections, and so his doctor prescribes antibiotics, which further compromise his immune system and cause damage to his intestines. Furthermore, Bob now has a chronic sinus infection, for which he takes allergy drugs that make him irritable. This is the drug treadmill.....
Earl Mindell;Virginia Hopkins. Prescription Alternatives, Third Edition: Hundreds of Safe, Natural Prescription-Free Remedies to Restore and Maintain Your Health (Kindle Locations 58-61). Kindle Edition.