There is scarlet fever in my child’s school. I know that many parents are worried about this illness, so I felt I needed to do a blog to tell you about the disease and all the wonderful natural remedies that you can use if your children contract scarlet fever.
Scarlet fever is a streptococcal bacterial illness that normally affects children between the ages of two and eight. It’s a childhood disease that used to be regarded with dread. It is highly infectious and it’s got its name from the rad rash that covers the body. The initial symptoms are vomiting, headache, a swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, sore throat and fever, which are then followed by the development of tiny spots that form a pinkish-red or ‘scarlet’ rash all over the body. Usually children develop a characteristic red or ‘strawberry’ tongue and flushed face.
The incubation period is two to seven days and the child is infectious for two to four weeks after symptoms appear or until the rash has disappeared.
If your child contracts scarlet fever, do not be alarmed because it is no more dangerous than a strep throat infection. It will disappear by itself, but if you take your child to the doctor, they are likely to prescribe antibiotics.
Natural Remedies for Scarlet Fever
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 cup honey and 2 cups apple cider vinegar in a bowl and set aside. Now, fill the bath with warm water and add the mixture in it. Let your child soak in the bath for 15-20 minutes. Pat dry using a soft towel and rub coconut oil all over the rashes.
Amongst the numerous health benefits of raw honey, the most important one is that it can be a powerful immune booster. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help children stay healthy and fight disease. It also contains neutraceuticals that effectively remove free radicals from the body and as a result improve immunity.
Immunity Boosting Raw Honey Drink:
500ml water (room temperature)
1-3 tablespoon raw honey
Apple Cider Vinegar to taste
Slowly mix the honey into the water, add ACV. Drink slowly throughout the day.
Elderberry tincture or syrup can prevent and shorten the duration of Scarlet Fever. You can give your children a few drops of elderberry tincture three times a day, throughout the illness.
Dosage is as follows when feeling under the weather: Children 10 drops 2 – 3 times/day in water.
Probiotics can improve the immune system and help digestion. When probiotics are abundant in the body, it is harder for bacteria that cause illness to get a foothold. Some also suppress the growth of harmful bacteria. Furthermore, it is important to take probiotics following a course of antibiotics. They will replenish the good bacteria that get knocked out together with “bad” bacteria during the course of antibiotics. Just a word of caution here; the quality of probiotic products is not consistent on the market. Some contain what they say they do; some do not. Make sure you supplement your children with good quality probiotics.
The best way to give probiotics is to give a dose last thing in the evening, following tooth brushing, when you are sure that your child will not eat or drink anything else. The probiotics will then keep the throat nicely coated during the night.
Let them sleep
The immune system repairs and restores itself during sleep and does some important infection fighting at this time when your child’s body can focus on healing. Allow your child to sleep as long and as often as they want during the illness.
Belladonna is a great remedy for scarlet fever with symptoms of fever, flushed cheeks, rad rash and strawberry tongue. Use Belladonna 30c three times a day until the most distressing symptoms have passed. Belladonna can also be given children who have been exposed to scarlet fever to try and prevent the disease. Give Belladonna 30c daily for 10 days.
Rhus Tox: A very useful remedy of scarlet fever. Indicated when child is restless, drowsy, has a red and smooth tongue, combined with weakness and bodily restlessness.
Other Natural Remedies For Scarlet Fever:
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
- Use cool mist humidifier in the child’s room
- Increase the dose of Vitamin D3 for the first 3 days to ‘boost’ the immune system
- Add comforting foods like soup, bone broth, yogurt, homemade natural ice lollies
- Consume foods with plenty of garlic and onion
- Give a warm oatmeal bath twice a day
- Echinacea and Goldenseal combination – to support the immune system and prevent bacterial infections of skin lesions. Relieves itching. Dosage: three drops of tincture in a quarter-cup of water three times daily while symptoms persist
- Scarlet fever is contagious, and the bacteria can spread to others through sneezing and coughing
- Separating the infected child’s drinking glasses and eating utensils and washing them in hot, soapy water may prevent the infection from spreading to family and friends
- Parents of children infected with scarlet fever should wash their hands frequently
- Keep children suffering from scarlet fever out of school for at least 5 days
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Please note that I am not a doctor and don’t play one on the internet, so this list is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as a replacement when medical attention is needed!
About the Author: Aniko Sziraczki is a Kinesiologist with a background in psychology. She is very passionate about green parenting as well as healthy eating and toxin-free living. She set up a Facebook group called Raising Toxin Free Children. It is for parents and alternative health therapists to share their knowledge about the impact of various chemicals on the bodies and health of children. It is a safe and supportive place to get advice and support about toxin-free living and parenting.