Cold and Fever Myths

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Cold and Fever Myths

Cold and fever myths are always around. We all get colds and flu but do you know how to treat them the right way? Here’s what you shouldn’t do!

Rubbing Alcohol to Reduce a Fever

This is an old wives’ tale that should be banished. Regardless of what Nana has said, sponging on rubbing alcohol to reduce a fever will not work. In fact, in small children, this can cause more harm than good if the alcohol vapours are absorbed into the little lungs. For very high fevers, immediately see your doctor or go to your nearest emergency department.

Starve a Fever

This is another myth surrounding fever. You may not feel like eating but it’s good to continue to eat and drink while battling a fever. Offering plenty of extra fluids to children and breastfeeds or formula to infants is the best advice. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well!

Milk Makes a Cold Worse

Many people believe that milk causes increased nasal mucus during a cold. There are no valid studies to support this at all. So bring on the milk if it makes your little one feel better.

Sweating out a Cold

Sweating out a cold by steaming your face will not do anything to get rid of the toxins in your body, it may help to unblock your sinuses but that’s about it! Drink plenty of fluids and take the day off instead.


If you or your child experiences any worsening symptoms such as chest pains, breathlessness, high fevers, severe headaches or loss of consciousness please seek immediate medical attention we have some hotlines and suggested websites for further information and advice

SAHM takes no responsibility for any illness, injury or death caused by misuse of this information.  All information provided is correct at time of publication.

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