Today, I was starting to think things were looking "necessary." He came down with a fever yesterday morning. Fevers can be very nerve-wrecking, and high fevers like the one my son was experiencing was starting to make me quite nervous. However, fevers should not always be a source of extreme anxiety. Fevers are a healthy sign and can help the body get over what ever it is fighting more quickly. These articles are worth a read: The Mommypotamus, Holistic Squid.
Anyway, his fever came out of the blue and it was quite high: 103.6 at one point. He was just bouncing back and forth, feeling extremely cold and hot, because of his high fever. I decided to try one of the suggestions in The Mommypotamus post: Apple Cider Vinegar. It is an old time remedy that is thought to "pull the fever out."
So, I gave him a warm ACV bath and then soaked a rag and his socks in it to put on his forehead and feet, respectively. I really wish I had a video of how he was acting before and after. This typical high-energy kid has been out for the past couple days completely lethargic and only happy in the Moby Wrap or in bed. Not long after application he jumped up from the little makeshift nest his big sister made him on the kitchen floor with copious amounts of blankets and pillows ("So he could be near me at all times even when I was cooking" :)), and promptly gave chase to his sister, whooping and hollering! Now he by no means is cured. His fever just lifted and he is acting like he feels like a whole new little man. :)
It also looks as if the fever perhaps "burnt out" the sinus infection, for lack of a better description? He hasn't been waking up with green, goopy eyes from his naps today. Time will tell.
I keep thinking: The doctor looked at me like I was a nut when I talked about an onion poultice for my ear infection... breast milk, now this. :) I am sure it is just going to get better and better. What kind of seemingly wacky home remedies have you all tried?