We almost crashed our server this summertime alongside our spider web log nearly why no MD should always recommend acetaminophen or prescribe a Tylenol-containing hurting reliever in ane lawsuit to a greater extent than (colleagues, are you lot listening? FDA, how ’bout you?). Since then, I’ve fielded hundreds of inquiries from families—especially worried parents—asking WHAT to utilization instead of Tylenol?
Dr. Benton, what produce I produce for a fever?
Dr. Benton, what produce I produce for a headache?
What nearly for aches as well as pains?
What nearly for migraines?
Glad you lot asked. There are safe, effective, natural alternatives to Tylenol that volition instruct your hurting inwards check.
How to Treat a Fever Without Tylenol
Fever is truly a positive sign that your immune organisation is paying attending as well as fighting disease.
Fever is ane of our body’s natural defenses against infection. Having a fever forces us to rest inwards bed—which gives our bodies fourth dimension to heal.
Several studies guide maintain constitute that treating a fever tin truly guide maintain a negative effect, prolonging the length of fourth dimension you’re sick.
Don’t survive afraid of a fever.
That said, if you’re concerned that the fever is also high or if your fever is making you lot or your kid miserable, a moisture washcloth alongside a drib or 2 of lavander fossil oil on it applied to the brow volition convey relief. As volition a sponge bath, equally the H2O evaporating from your peel volition cool downwardly the body. If you lot are truly worried, instruct checked out. Peace of heed is worth it but before long plenty you lot volition know how your kid responds to fever.
Then there’s my favorite domicile remedy for fever, which I telephone phone the Wet Sock Trick.
The Wet Sock Trick
1. Run cotton fiber socks nether mutual frigidity H2O as well as wring them out
2. Put them on your feet as well as embrace alongside a larger duo of wool socks
3. In the morning time the socks volition survive dry out as well as the fever volition survive gone
Babies alongside fever volition also produce goodness from skin-to-skin. Take off your shirt (and bra) as well as concur your infant to your breast inwards nada but their birthday suit. Your trunk temperature volition assist them regulate theirs.
H5N1 infant nether 3 months onetime who has a high fever as well as is acting lethargic should survive seen yesteryear a MD or taken to the emergency room correct away!
How to Treat a Headache Without Tylenol
The best natural option to Tylenol is turmeric, a root used inwards Indian as well as African cooking known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric: Usually a quarter of a teaspoon of soil turmeric inwards 8 ounces of H2O or juice volition produce the fox for children, a one-half teaspoon for teens, as well as a teaspoon for adults. But you lot guide maintain to experiment a flake to instruct the dose correct for you.
Peppermint oil: Mix a drib or 2 of peppermint essential fossil oil into a quarter of a loving cup of kokosnoot oil. Massage this on your temples as well as neck, carefully avoiding your eyes. Some migraine sufferers report washing their pilus alongside peppermint shampoo tin also help.
Epsom common salt bath: An Epsom common salt bathroom relieves aches as well as pains as well as tin oft cure headaches. Headaches are sometimes caused yesteryear a lack of magnesium. When you lot guide maintain an Epsom common salt bath, magnesium sulfate is absorbed through your skin. Put 2 cups of Epsom salts as well as one-half a loving cup of apple tree cider vinegar inwards a bathroom equally hot equally you lot tin stand upwards it. Add a drib or 2 of lavander essential fossil oil to the bath. Soak for xl minutes or until the H2O gets cold.
Magnesium citrate: Use equally directed on the label. I recommend you lot guide maintain this at night, earlier bed. Magnesium citrate is a natural musculus relaxant (it also helps you lot guide maintain to a greater extent than regular bowel movements. My mama swears headaches are caused yesteryear constipation. Who knows, she may guide maintain been correct all these years.)
What if you’re pregnant? My colleague, Aviva Romm, M.D., also has good advice for whatever moms experiencing headaches during pregnancy.
How to Help An Ear Ache Without Tylenol or Antibiotics
In Europe doctors commonly guide maintain a hold off as well as run into approach to ear infections, as well as produce non jump to prescribe antibiotics. Wait as well as run into as well as telephone phone me tomorrow. Patience. Something nosotros Type H5N1 Americans guide maintain inwards brusque supply!
Unfortunately, America doctors are quick to process earaches alongside antibiotics, whether or non your kid truly has an ear infection. Turns out ear infections are oft misdiagnosed—inside the ear tin await cherry for a reveal of reasons, including only if your baby’s been crying.
Instead of antibiotics, essay an onion earmuff. I know it seems weird. But it works. Plus it volition brand your petty sick ane express mirth his caput off as well as laughter is skilful for the soul.
I recommend Kula Mama’s recipe for onion earmuffs, which tin clear upwards an infection inwards hours. I also recommend garlic-mullein drops, which you lot tin purchase at whatever nutrient co-op or wellness nutrient store, equally long equally the eardrum has non burst.
If you’re kid is getting ear infections often, it’s fourth dimension to look for root causes.
If you’ve got a sinus infection along alongside aching ears, you lot tin notice to a greater extent than advice here.
How to Treat a Migraine
If you lot endure from them, you lot know migraines tin displace debilitating pain. You await similar 10 miles of bad road. Feel similar it too.
When you lot feel a migraine starting, don’t ignore it.
Use the headache techniques above:
· Take turmeric (up to 2 Tablespoons every 3-4 hours until the hurting goes away)
· Soak inwards an Epsom common salt bath
· Try unopen to magnesium citrate
Caffeine oft helps. Brew yourself a stiff loving cup of coffee.
If you lot are able, prevarication quietly inwards a darkened, cool room.
My other suggestions for treating migraines tin survive constitute here.
Integrative medicine looks at root causes
I know when you lot guide maintain hurting you lot desire immediate relief, non a long blah, blah, blah nearly why you’re inwards hurting inwards the origin place.
But I’m an integrative physician as well as I believe it’s of import non alone to process the symptoms but to notice out what is causing them inwards the origin place. I used to survive a conventional gal, precisely similar all y’all. And approximate what? I was sick all the time. So were my kids. I opened my heed to a holistic, integrative approach inwards the origin house because it helped me radically meliorate my ain as well as my family’s health.
So if you’re suffering from chronic pain, I’m hither to say you lot that it’s fourth dimension for a nutrition as well as lifestyle overhaul.
You may survive eating foods that are pro-inflammatory as well as making you lot sick, you lot may survive stressed out inwards ways that are putting your trunk into fight-or-flight mode, as well as you lot may non survive getting plenty exercise, a proven prescription to assist develop your mood, jumpstart your libido, as well as lose weight.
If your hurting is constant, instruct both oars into the water. Find an awesome integrative or functional MD as well as figure out why!
What natural alternatives to Tylenol guide maintain you lot constitute helpful? What’s your best most effective domicile remedy to process pain? We’d dearest for you lot to portion your tips as well as tricks inwards the comment department below.