Most people don't understand fever. A fever is an important part of our immune reaction. Our body is supposed to produce a fever in response to certain things. Modern medicine wants to reduce fevers. But, by doing this, it is effectively making the body work against itself and prolonging the underlying illness. While there are rare instances when such reduction is appropriate, most of the time it is counterproductive. In addition, Tylenol and Advil (the two medications most often given to reduce fever) have side effects and can damage the liver (especially when taken regularly). The elevated body temperature caused by a fever makes the body a less desireable environment for viruses and bacteria and reduces their propogation. This gives the rest of your immune system time to arrive and kill them. The sweating which accompanies a fever expels their residue and other toxins out through the skin (your body's biggest organ). (more info here: http://www.naturalnews.com/027149_fever_virus_flu.html) The key to a fever is to keep it "wet." That means drinking fluids. Sometimes, it is drinking fluids combined with baths (regular, sponge, etc.). Essentially, you want to stay hydrated during the process. For adults, most fevers don't start to become damaging to the body until they hit 107°F. But, the highest a fever typically will go is 107°F. At that point, automatic mechanisms in the brain limit the temperature rise (except in rare instances like people with head injuries, heat stroke, etc.). With children, it is different. For newborns, especially under 4 months, try and get help right away whenever a fever is present (rectal temperature over 100.4°F)--it's better to be safe. In older children, higher fevers are not uncommon (remember: keep them hydrated). I wouldn't be too worried until the temperature is over 104.5°F. If other serious symptoms like: seizures, a stiff neck, purple rash, difficulty breathing, etc., develop, seek medical assistance. Also, if the child has been playing in hot weather, an elevated temperature like this could be a sign of heat stroke--which can be dangerous. Children with a fever should not be given aspirin because of the risk of Reye's Syndrome. Here are some naturopathic techniques and herbal aids to help with a fever: 1. "Feed a cold, starve a fever." The old adage is good advice. At the very least, avoid mucus producing foods like dairy and sweets. This will allow the body to focus its resources on fighting the infection instead of on digestion and will reduce mucus production. 2. Sweat it out. Some people accomplish this through things like blankets, baths and/or Yarrow tea (a diaphoretic--makes you sweat). The key to this method is to keep the body "wet" (drink fluids/baths). Your skin is a channel of elimination--you can sweat out toxins. 3. Drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. See Post #73: Spices That Can Serve Multiple Purposes 4. Drinking a combination of Elder Flower and Peppermint Tea. This is a famous cold and fever remedy. 5. Echinacea. This is another herb that will make you sweat. But it helps in many other ways as well: https://draxe.com/echinacea-benefits/ Ideally, you would keep your immune system up so you wouldn't come down with a fever in the first place. You do that through proper nutrition and diet.