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Reader Question: Why Does My Child Keep Getting Sick?
This week’s question comes from reader Jennifer, although I’ve had a lot of questions very similar to this lately (hence why I chose it!).
Needing some advice. My 19 month old is sick YET again. Runny nose and water eyes. No fever but his fever usually comes on on day 3. I have two kids with the 19 month old being the younger of the two. He is sick in the winter every 5 weeks. Usually the same thing. Runny eyes and nose with green mucus. I give him VitC, D3, probiotics and multi vit daily. He gets Sambucus when I see that he may be getting ill. I use EO’s and I’m really just at a loss here….not sure what to do to keep this guy healthy. We also started to do monthly chiro visits. Any advice? Is this normal?
A lot of kids have been getting sick this winter…over and over again. As soon as they’re healthy, they catch something else. Many of the parents are newer to the natural lifestyle and many are giving their children supplements to try to avoid illness…and it’s not working. What now?
First, I’d look at what kinds of supplements the children are receiving. What brands and types? I am not a fan of most supplement brands out there, because they’re made with synthetic vitamins and minerals and they have a lot of added binders and fillers. The absorption rate for these supplements is very low, which means the children may not be receiving much benefit from them.
- Fermented cod liver oil
- Liquid herbal multivitamin
- Pure acerola powder (during times of illness)
These are all 100% natural and easily absorbed. They will help to raise vitamin D and A levels, which help to boost the immune system. I don’t recommend chewables or vitamin D drops (which are based on synthetic D3). Most children have low vitamin D levels (and so do most adults) because either they don’t supplement with the “good” stuff, or they don’t take enough. Some say that doses of 10,000 – 50,000 IU per day may be necessary for those whose levels are very low! (If you think you fall into this category, see a doctor to get your levels checked and only supplement at this level under the care of a doctor.) Many do require 4000 – 5000 IU per day as a maintenance dose, which is about ten times as much as most are usually told.
Probiotics may also play a role. We, as a culture, don’t get enough probiotics. There are supplements in various strengths (from around 1 billion live cultures up to 100 billion live cultures) as well as probiotic foods. A supplement is an “easy” way to get probiotics, but for many it’s not as effective as consuming probiotic foods regularly. Try plain yogurt (add your own fruit and honey if needed), kombucha, water or milk kefir, or fermented fruits and veggies (think pickles, sauerkraut). If your child is pickier, try mixing yogurt or kefir into a smoothie, or making fermented fruit spreads or lemonade.
Finally, medication use. When our kids are sick, we want to do something. Nobody wants to see their child suffer! However, using antibiotics too quickly (when they may not be warranted, such as for ear infections or sinus infections) leaves the child vulnerable to repeat infections. (Nobody is saying not to use them in a truly serious case — but they’re over-prescribed. Don’t ever fill a prescription if a doctor says “This is probably viral and will go away in a day or so, but just in case….” WAIT! See what happens, get a test done, confirm that the infection is truly bacterial before giving a child antibiotics.)
In addition to antibiotics, OTC drugs may cause a problem. Tylenol depletes an important amino acid, glutathione, which helps the body heal. It also suppresses fevers, which are one of the body’s important healing mechanisms. If at all possible, don’t use any OTC drugs; offer other comfort measures instead. Try warm baths, cuddling, herbal tea, etc. If the child is truly miserable and unable to rest, you’ll have to make a judgment call. But don’t give Tylenol at the first sign of fever because “it’s what you do.” It is probably more harmful than helpful.
It takes time for the body to build up immunity and also to shed the “junk” if you are newer to the real-food lifestyle, and that may mean getting sick more often at first. Getting sick is one way the body detoxes itself. Keep working with healthy food and healthy supplements to boost the body and soon enough, the child will become more resistant to illness.
Sister Site Posts
We have three sister sites in our network, and each did some great posts this week! Pop over to check them all out.
Modern Alternative Kitchen
Modern Alternative Pregnancy
Modern Alternative Health
We also have several amazing contributors in our network, and some of them have excellent posts to share with you as well.
What were your favorite posts this week? What helps your family to keep from getting sick?
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