There is nothing more heart-wrenching than watching a child battling an illness. Even a stuffy nose that keeps a child awake at night can give a little tug to your heart. One of the healthiest things you can do for your child is to learn natural ways to soothe your child's symptoms as they navigate the typical challenges children face as their immune system develops and their body systems achieve healthy function.
The truth is we often make the mistake of thinking that children are miniature adults, that their body systems are just smaller versions of our own and the only thing that is happening once a child is born is growth in size. Not true! In fact, many body systems are still developing in their function for months and even years after birth. Take the digestive system as one example. The digestive system of infants takes at least six months to develop proper immunity and so cannot fight off bacteria and other pathogens. This is why breast-feeding is so important ... it safely provides food with protective immunity included during the time the digestive tract is still vulnerable. At the same time the pancreas is not yet developed, so the enzymes in breast milk help compensate for this digestive weakness.
When you give a child antibiotics, it often can upset the natural balance that infants and children are developing throughout their digestive tract leading to yeast problems, ear infections and even resistant bacterial infections. Unfortunately, it is common among physicians to provide medications that have numerous potential side effects to children despite the fact that children's bodies are much more sensitive and reactive to those side effects.
Solutions at ISIS
Here at ISIS we prefer helping parents find natural solutions for everything from ear infections to colic to asthma. We even have private parental support for breast feeding, ways to soothe your baby and home-grown remedies for chronic issues like constipation or bed-wetting. Our holistic nurse is ready to answer your questions and give you ideas!
For general health and symptom solutions, 1/2 hour appointments are available with our Naturopathic physician.
We also have our BioMeridian Stress Assessment system which uses galvanic skin response testing to isolate the causative factors of symptoms.
Natural Allergy Testing is one of our most popular options for children. As they develop, children can have chronic symptoms that are simply the result of a temporary intolerance. By having your child tested regularly, you can adjust their diet to avoid foods that their body systems react poorly to and support their developing needs.
Trying to make a decision about vaccinations? There are lots of resources available to you.
Begin with some books:
Raising A Vaccoine Free Child by Wendy Lydall
Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide by Aviva Jill Romm
Make an Informed Vaccine Decision for the Health of Your Child by Mayer Eisenstein
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations by Deborah Mitchell and Stephanie Cave
Read what we have to say about vaccinations at The Herbal Advisor online magazine.
We encourage you to realize there are pros and cons to every vaccination, and not all vaccinations are appropriate for all children. Also be sure to avoid vaccinating your child when they have a cold or any other symptoms of illness. When you are going to vaccinate, we strongly recommend a natural protocol to prevent side effects and help the body adapt to the vaccination. Begin two weeks prior and continue through the vaccination to one week after:
Echinacea Premium liquid or crushed tablet - 10 drops liquid in water or juice or 1 tablet crushed from infancy to the age of 8, then double the dose from the age of 8 on. This should be given once each day.
Homeopathic Thuja - 1 liquid vial or 2 tablets crushed and taken with applesauce. For older children the tablets can be sucked on until they dissolve. This also should be given once each day.
General Nutritional Information for Children
We highly recommend providing general supplemental nutrition with natural vitamins and minerals from food sources. This is a great way to make sure your child receives everything they need to be healthy, happy and illness-free.
For Breast-Fed Infants, the breastfeeding mother can take the following nutrition every morning to be sure you are giving your infant the most nutritious food every day (and it's great for you too!):
3 For-Til B12
For children up to 5 years of age, the following should be taken by a child once each week. They can be put in a blender and mixed with fruit juice, applesauce, yogurt or milk:
1 Pituitrophin PMG
1 For-Til B12
For children from 6-12 years of age, the following should be taken by the child 2-3 times each week:
1 Pituitrophin PMG
3 Calsol (divide this up between three meals)
1 For-Til B12
3 Multizyme (divide this up between three meals)
You may not realize it, but there are very effective natural solutions for:
Earache & Ear Infection
Measles / Mumps / Chickenpox
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