a few good tips to get rid of a fever

United States
October 11, 2007 12:26pm CST
my son had a fever the other day,and it was a high temp,well his grandmother told me to take a potatoe and put it in a sock and leave it there for a hour or so and that will bring down the fever,i thought she was crazy when she told me that,but the mother that i am,i hate to see my babies not feel good and am willing to do what ever i can to help them.i tried this and man it worked so great.his fever went from 102 to 99 in one hour.some of the old fashion tips work better than medicine i guess.she also told me if i didnt have the potatoe that i could also use a onion and it would do the same thing,except you would have to wash the kids foot a few times so he doesnt smell.so do you have any odd remedies you use to break a fever?
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@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Thanks so much for the great tip. My son had a fever last week, I wish I knew about this then.lol We will try this for sure. I wonder how some of these home remedies came about, who would think to do some of these things.:)
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• United States
13 Oct 07
yes my friend,those old remedies work sometimes better then the darn medicines out there.but this works great and it also works well for adults too.take care hon,have a great weekend.xoxo.pattie
@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
13 Oct 07
Ok I'm a bit lost here... Are you saying but the potato in the sock they are wearing for an hour and than check the temp? If so I have never heard of that at all.. But if it works I might try it when my son gets sick.. I too don't like it when my son gets sick mostly though when he runs a fever is very very seldom... He is a healthy child so i thank god for that.. Thanks for the tip!
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• United States
13 Oct 07
yes this worked wonders and it worked much faster than the medicine would,it sounds strange but man it worked.it works great on adults too as well.pattie
• Canada
12 Oct 07
Hi Hun! I am glad to hear that the "potato trick" worked. It does sound wierd, but some of the weirdest things seem to work don't they? I was always told that for a child with a fever giving them a luke warm bath was the way to go! It is helping my daughter a bit as she has had a high fever since Wed afternoon. Love & Hugzz, Your Friend, PurpleTeddyBear.
• United States
13 Oct 07
yes my friend,these work out great and maybe next time you can try it.it did work wonders.i thought i was crazy doing it at first but if it works i will do what i have to get the fever down.hope your baby is feeling better.hugs.pattie
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
11 Oct 07
I think your tips is better than mine. Because yours is easier rather than mine using tamarind, put it into an appropriate volume of water and soak small towel in the mixture, take out the wet towel and rinse it a little bit. Finally place it on the back part of our kid's body. So I want to change it from now for tamarind to potatoes. But where is the exact place to put that potato on our kid's body? Will it be on our kid's abdomen or where?
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• United States
12 Oct 07
place the potatoe in a sock and put the sock on,the potatoe should be by his heal of his feet,if it doesnt stay place some tape on the sock to hold it.
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@ryanphil01 (4186)
• Philippines
12 Oct 07
That was a good home remedy for fever specially to growing kids. My grand daughter has a fever since yesterday and her mother bought her a bottle of antipyretic syrup. Thanks the fever subsided. But it was off and on so the medication was given every 4-5 hours. I had my share of putting a damp cloth soaked in cold water and squeezed it and place it on her forehead and on her back. It helped in anyway. Now, I learned something new from your discussion. I wold be buying few pieces of potato later and do as what you told. But you did not mention where we are going to place the sock. Is it all over the body, on her soles, palms, forehead, abdomen? I read about potatoes being soaked in vinegar for 10 minutes and then placed on the forehead and place a damp cloth on top. I think this will help too.
• United States
12 Oct 07
place the potatoe in the sock and place the sock on the child,make sure the potatoe is by the heal of the foot,if it doesnt stay well place some tape to hold the sock on.it works well for adults too.thanks
• Philippines
18 Oct 07
my sincerest thanks for marking mine BR. God bless.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
you are so welcome my friend
@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
13 Oct 07
So, you put the potato or the onion in the sock and put the sock onto the child's foot? I'm trying to figure out if that is the case or just put the vegetable in the sock and have it next to the patient. I know a lot of older people use thier own remedies and really believe in them. My ex mother in law had a bunch of those, and she swore by them. That is wonderful that it worked! I will have to tell my kids about this, they both have little ones and I still remember how many times I was up with them when they were little and thier fever's would get so high it would scare me. Thank you so much for sharing this with us :)
• United States
13 Oct 07
you are welcome and yes just stick the potatoe or onion in the sock and put it on the person,if the potatoe or onion doesnt stay well,place a piece of tape to hold it.it works well on adults too.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
12 Oct 07
That's a revelation to me, 'cos I've not heard about the sock and potato remedy. For a moment, I was wondering what a potato in a sock had to do with your son. I think he has to wear the sock with the potato in it, right?...LOL. For me, I only treat fever in the standard way, and that is to take medication, drink lots of water, have adequate sleep and maybe put a wet towel on the forehead, close the eyes and relax. Next time I get sick, I will try the sock and potato way!
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• United States
12 Oct 07
yes you put the potatoe in the sock and put it on,make sure the potatoe is by the heal of the feet,if it doesnt stay place a piece of tape to hold in the sock.this works well for adults too.
@infoguy (210)
• India
12 Oct 07
Wow great useful tips...but i dont have any right now to share with u all
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• United States
12 Oct 07
thats ok and thanks for commenting my friend
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
12 Oct 07
Hi there. Wow, who would've have thought of the potato and sock remedy... All these old tales from different sides of the globe are amazing when read about... My family have only used fresh lemon juice,honey,hot boiled water and grated garlic as a drink, fever and cold break so quick, we would never trade it for anything else... Good to read about other old remedies... Cheers
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• United States
12 Oct 07
yes my friend,i think sometimes the old remedies work better than all the medicine the doctors give us today.
@youless (93173)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Oct 07
I am a mom who also concern about my child. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip with us.
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• United States
12 Oct 07
you are very welcome my friend,this does work great as well for adults too.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Wow! I had never heard of that before....It is amazing how the old rememdies work better than some of the new ones...I am so glad he is feeling better....HUGS
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• United States
12 Oct 07
yes my friend,i guess the old remedies work just as good if not better.thanks so much hon.hugs.pattie
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Oct 07
I never heard of that one. The one we used as a damp cloth on ones's head, and give him plenty of barley soup to drink. We also made sure the window was open so one got the cold air. You did not tell me where you placed the sock covered potato though and I suppose the power of suggestion helps as well.
• United States
12 Oct 07
place the potatoe in the sock and put it on the persons foot,make sure the potatoe is by the heal of the feet,if it doesnt stay well,place some tape so it stays.this will help adults as well.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
11 Oct 07
A lot of the old remedies may sound funny but there is something in a lot of them, we should listen more to what older people have to say...I can remember my mother always telling other mothers to let their children get dirty, how many times I heard her say " my kids are never sick because they were always playing in the gutter" she was always saying things like that, saying we used to eat dirt, just a saying we didn't really eat dirt... but just a couple of weeks ago a doctor on TV said that the reason kids are picking up so many viruses these days id because they are too clean, they haven't built up their immune system and they are actually thinking of injecting babies with some sort germs or something so it builds their immune system, and when I heard this I thought of my dear mum and I though my mum was ahead of her time...so the motto is let your kids play in dirt and listen to your elders they could be smarter than you think....
• United States
12 Oct 07
you are so right my friend,thats the way to go.
@balasri (26553)
• India
15 Dec 07
That is an easy and useful tip.I will keep it in mind.Thanks.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
13 Dec 07
I am assuming you slice the potato and put in the sock? Ewww...but hey, those old remedies have some merit to them. You proved that! I think I would prefer the potato over the onion..haha. I can just hear people say...I smell onions--where is the odor coming from? Ummm...that would be my feet..haha! Happy holidays to you!