Naturopathic Physician Questions Fever

Can I give fruit juices to a child with high fever?

Are fruit juices recommended for children who have a high temperature? I read somewhere that fruit juices can help boost a child's immune system and bring their fever down.

1 Answer

Fruit juices should be avoided during sick times because the increase in sugar can feed the bacteria. If they are vomiting or having diarrhea and their pediatrician has found them to be dehydrated, then he/she will provide appropriate therapy for hydration. However, in general fruit juices should be avoided. It does not boost the immune system and bring the fever down.