Natural Prevention and Support for Illness

Natural Prevention &Michelle Rowton, Nurse Practitioner at Healthy Kids Pediatrics, shares the following tips for immune boosters, as well as support systems for active illnesses. 

It's that time of year again. Remember! You need to be prepared. Support yourself during this time of year and these things work best if used at the first hint of symptoms!


Basic Immune Boosters:

1. Vitamin D daily dose:


Spring/ Summer

Fall/ Winter

Sick Dose

<2 yrs

400 IUs

800 IUs

1600 IUs

3 yrs

400 IUs

800 IUs

3,000 IUs

4 yrs

400 IUs

800 IUs

4,000 IUs

5 yrs

800 IUs

1200 IUs

5,000 IUs

6 yrs

800 IUs

1200 IUs

6,000 IUs

7 yrs

800 IUs

1200 IUs

7,000 IUs

> 8 yrs

1,000 IUs

2,000 IUs

8,000 IUs


2,000 IUs

5,000 IUs

10,000 IUs

Pregnancy/ Nursing

5,000 IUs

5,000 to 10,000 IUs

10,000 IUs

2. Elderberry Syrup Daily Dose:




1 yr to 3 yrs

1 tsp once a day

1 tsp 3 to 5 times a day

3 yrs and up

2 tsp once a day

2 tsp 3 to 5 times a day

*** Elderberry syrup may be given to Infants over 9 months of age IF there is NO HONEY in the syrup. Be very careful and read labels. ***

3. Briar Rose: Herbal Immune booster dose:




4 mo to 18 mo

5 drops once a day

5 drops 3 times a day

18 mo to 3 y.o

8 to 10 drops once a day

8 to 10 drops 3 times

3 yrs to 12 yrs

10 drops once a day

10 drops 3 times a day

12 yrs to adult

25 drops once a day

25 drops 3 times a day

*** Briar Rose may not be given before 4 months of age. Nursing mother's may take for support of themselves and infant.***

4. Vitamin C:

It is impossible to overdose on vitamin C. You know that you are "saturated" when it dumps to the GI tract, which causes a loose stool. Generally with children they do best with chews or a powder. Ideally the source would be "corn free" but this is not easy to find. Doses in supplements tend to be very low. Children's supplements tend to be around 250mg. It may be completely acceptable to give 2 or 3 a day depending on the child. Adult doses tend to be between 1,000mg and 2,000mg however someone may need 5,000 mg a day. Adults may need up to 10,000 to 50,000 mg at onset of illness until saturated.

5. Probiotics: Pill form, fermented foods, kombucha and kefir. Rotate products.

Support of Systems For Active Illness:

Please see above for sick doses of Elderberry syrup, vitamin D, and Briar Rose. All are applicable to all illnesses.

1. Colloidal Silver: Silver has been shown to kill viruses, bacteria and fungus. It has been successfully used in the Air Force to treat MRSA infections. Silver should NOT be taken daily as there is a lifetime limit. It may be taken 3 to 5 times a day for active illness. The silver product that you use should state a concentration of 10 ppm, such as Sovereign Silver or Smart Silver. 3 and under can take ½ tsp per dose, while 3 and over can take 1 tsp per dose. It can also be used topically for skin infections, bug bites, and pink eye.

2. Lithy Tree: Herbal Cough Support



4 mo to 18 mo

5 drops 3 times a day

18 mo to 3 y.o

8 to 10 drops 3 times

3 yrs to 12 yrs

10 drops 3 times a day

12 yrs to adult

25 drops 3 times a day

3. Activated Charcoal: Charcoal can be used orally at onset or exposure to stomach bugs. It can be found in pill form and either swallowed or opened into a drink for younger children. It will bind to the organism moving the illness along faster as well as slow down diarrhea. You might see black coming out in the stool which is normal. Once diarrhea has greatly slowed, stop the charcoal as it can cause constipation. Always have this on hand! When a stomach bug hits, the stores that typically carry it will sell out quickly. Charcoal is also great as a paste for bug bites and stings.

4. Probiotics: Use during all illness. During stomach bugs, "sandwich" the antibiotic with charcoal. This means that in active illness when small amounts of fluids are provided, provide charcoal first, then later probiotic, then later charcoal.

5. Coconut Water: Always have coconut water on hand for hydration related to exercise, overheating, and stomach bugs. Coconut water is used in other countries for IV hydration and can work very well orally. Be careful, if you use too much during active illness, you could cause diarrhea.

6. Bentonite Clay: Clay can be used in the same way charcoal can for abdominal illness. It is also great in the bathtub as a gentle detox and mineral supplementation. Clay can be made into a paste with colloidal silver to treat any skin issue including staph infections, bug bites and stings, diaper rash etc. Clay can be used with hives that are not severe or approaching the mouth/ airway. Leave on until dry then remove with water or a wet cloth. May be repeated hourly for things like brown recluse bites.

7. Manuka Honey: This honey is very expensive. It is the go to in treatment for MRSA and staph skin infections as well as severe bites such as brown recluse. In these instances it is worth the money. After a clay and silver pack, apply honey until next pack. May be repeated hourly for severe bites, otherwise 2 to 3 times a day, with one of those being prior to bed.

Other supplements for your arsenal:



Quercetin with Bromelain

Immuni- T

Oregano Oil- food grade

Essential Oils:

Thieves oil: Can be used on the bottom of the feet daily for prevention or during illness several times a day.

Eucalyptus and RC oils: Great for diffusing during colds. (Do not diffuse Eucalyptus around young children)

Oregano oil: Great for bacterial and viral issues.

Peppermint oil: Fevers and headaches.

Digize: Rub to the abdomen.

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Meet the Medical Team at Healthy Kids Pediatrics

Dr. Bain of Healthy Kids Pediatrics is privileged to have helped so many patients who suffer from complex, chronic diseases like eczema, asthma and allergies.

Since 2006 Dr. Bain has brought a more holistic approach to the treatment of children with the purpose of helping kids become healthier, not just managing their symptoms.Providers

In keeping with her passion for holistic and truly integrative medical care, Dr. Bain has pursued additional expertise and fellowship certification through the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine as well as the Institute of Functional Medicine, in order to provide the best medical care possible for her patients.

With each passing year, more and more parents seek the assistance of Dr. Bain and her knowledge of functional medicine to develop a customized, comprehensive, interventional treatment plan that reestablishes balance and functionality and restores health to children.

Dr. Bain enjoys spending time with her patients and their families, reviewing their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.

Dr. Bain is grateful for her two excellent nurse practitioners who also use both alternative and traditional approaches to treating our patients.   

How Our Medical Team Serves Our Patients

Dr. Bain

  • Newborns
  • Well child visits ages 3-5 to develop a vaccine plan.
  • Functional medicine appointments - These are about 45-minutes per visit.
  • Lab reviews & follow ups

Nurse Practitioner Kim Andrews

  • Well child visits ages 0-18 years, with an emphasis on ages 6-18.
  • Sick appointments

Nurse Practitioner Michelle Rowton

  • Well child visits ages 0-24 months
  • Sick appointments ages 0-24 months
  • Lab reviews and follow ups

Healthy Kids Pediatrics is a holistic, pediatric practice. Our entire team utilizes alternative and
traditional approaches to healthcare. We look forward to serving our patient families.


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How To Thrive, Not Just Survive Winter! Informational Seminar

ThriveDr. Bain is hosting a FREE wellness workshop on

Saturday, November 14 
8:30 am - 11:30 am

At Healthy Cooking of Texas, LLC on El Dorado in McKinney.

Visit their website.

Julie Hornok will discuss essential oils for: 
  • Whole body wellness.
  • Raising the immune system.
  • Prepping for winter.
Dr. Bain will discuss nutrition and supplements as well as touch on homeophrophylaxis vaccines .

RSVP to  

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Healthy Treat Options For Halloween

DID YOU KNOW? Sugar suppresses the immune system for 3 hours or more after eating.

Dr. Bain encourages our patient families to use caution with all these seasonal sweets!

We scoured the internet and found some cute healthy treat options for Halloween.

Clementine Pumpkins

Candy Corn Popcicle

Ghost String Cheese

Zuchinni Pumpkins

Frankenstein Grapes

Cutie With Fruit

String Cheese Brooms

Cutie GhostsCandy Corn Fruit -plate

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Essential Oils for Seasonal Discomfort

Lavender , Lemon And Peppermint

Lavender, Lemon and Peppermintessential oils are a powerful way to protect yourself from seasonal and environmental elements and to relieve seasonal attacks.


These oils help to maintain clear breathing and a healthy immune system. These three oils together can promote a healthy inflammatory response that is often present during allergy season. 


"I can tell you that they help my kids breathe much easier! Once you combine the three oils, they begin to work their magic and you have a wonderful, natural way of enhancing a healthy immune system." Julie Hornok, Young Living Essential Oil Distributor


There are several ways to use these three oils together:Kids Allergies


1.  Put a drop of each in the palms of our hands.  Cup your hands and have your child deeply inhale.

2.  Put 2 drops of each in your diffuser and diffuse during the day and overnight.

3.  Add 2 drops of each to a capsule and swallow.*

4.  Put 1-2 drops in your child's favorite liquid or mix into honey*

*only take oils internally that are 100% therapeutic grade, such as Young Living.


For more information:

To order:

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