My youngest child developed a fever in the night…
For many years of child rearing, I would run for the medicine cupboard and reach out to “Paracetamol” and “Ibuprofen” to lower the temperature.
The temperature would run its normal course and would last three days and eventually get worn out and leave. I would give the paracetamol and the nurofen at their allocated times throught the 24 hours.
I had been doing this for the past fourteen years until a close family member died in hospital due to a high temperature he had for two months.
Bewidered doctors were unable to diagnose the reason for the high temperature even after repeated blood tests which kept turning up negative. His daily prescription of paracetamol and fever lowering drugs came to an end a week before his death when the doctors realised his liver was affected and they really couldn’t do anything to help him.
What is the alternative to paracetamol and ibuprofen for lowering temperatures?
The beautiful deen of Islam which ascended in the deserts of Arabia gives us a perfect solution..
Narrated Aisha Radiallahu anhu that the Prophet sall Allahu alaihi Salam said “Fever is from the (hell) fire, so cool it with water!”
Therefore, when your child is high with temperature, put your tawakkul (Trust) in Allah and make intention of seeking the cure from Allah Almighty.
Take a bottle of water at room temperature, add a little by little onto your palm and wipe over your child starting with the stomach area as this is where the heat emanates from (wiping is like the masah of wiping over socks).therefore, wipe from the stomach and arms and legs and neck.
Check temperature every 5 minutes till the body is cool.
When the temperature rises again do the same . If the temperature continues after three days then take the child to the GP as there could be another reason for the temperature other than the usual passing bug..
Be prepared to seek the pleasure of Allah swt during the night for taking care of a sick child. You will always feel refreshed when the intention is correct.
Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala reminds us in Surah Zalzalah:7-8
فَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيْرًا يَرَهُ
For every atoms weight of good you do, you will see it! (On yawm al Qiyamah)
وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ شَرًّا يَرَهُ
For every atoms weight of bad you do, you will see it!
Can you imagine how many atoms of good is being done when you are up at night with a sick child..Subhan Allah. So make your intention to seek the pleasure of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala alone and refer to the Qur’an and Sunnah for all your problems by the will of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala…