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Natural Responses to Baby’s First Fever

Ellie got her first really high fever this weekend. I can’t lie – it freaked me out to see her temperature nearing 103°! I kept swiping the thermometer thinking it was somehow a mistake. I had the 100.2° number in my mind from when she was a newborn and the doctors warned us of the dangers of a high temperature. Thanks to a call to the advice nurse, we learned that an ER visit wasn’t mandatory and were told to keep her hydrated and to do whatever we could to bring her temperature down. Instead of running to grab the children’s tylenol, I decided to see if peppermint essential oil could cool her down. I swiped some coconut oil in my palm, dropped 2 drops of oil, rubbed them together and applied it to her forehead, back of her neck and the bottoms of her feet. Poor thing was so hot! I repeated the process 15 minutes later and took her temperature again. It had dropped over a degree. Relief!

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