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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:

Age

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

Adults

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:

Age

Prevention

Sick

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:

Age

Prevention

Sick

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

Age

Sick

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:

Viracillin

Agrisept

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.

Written by Lori at 00:00

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:  julie_hornok@yahoo.com

To order:  http://yl.pe/xtf

Written by Lori at 00:00

3 Tips For Eating Healthy With Kids While On Vacation

Pack Healthy Snacks- The family with stable blood sugar will have a much more stable vacation.Family

Ideas include bananas, apples, grapes, trail mix (Almonds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins), gluten-free cookies & pretzels, nut Butter individual packages, "baby food" pouches for the kids (the pouches filled with fruit or veggie puree), and homemade muffins.

If you are on a road trip and have room for a cooler, pack meals to include carrot and celery sticks with hummus and Applegate lunch meat and cheese.

Make Water Your Friend - It is very easy to get dehydrated while traveling, especially when you are out in the sun more than your body is used to. Keep a refillable water bottle with you, or stock your hotel refrigerator with bottles of water instead of sodas. Take it with you in your backpack, diaper bag and in your car.

Plan Ahead- Research family friendly restaurants and their menus within your road trip and at your destination. You may even want to research the local famers markets in your destination.

Written by Lori at 00:00

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Dr. Bain now hosting Group Visits

Big Changes Ahead. . . . . .  

Healthy Kids Pediatrics is transforming your medical home into your medical community!

           

Starting in July 2014 Dr. Bain will be hosting Group Visits forpreventative visits (well child checks) for ages 12 months and younger as well as chronic medical issues including eczema, allergies and ADHD. 

What to Expect

When you arrive for your appointment you will be escorted to a private exam room where your child will receive a quick exam from Dr. Bain and address some specific or very short issues.

 
You and your child will then meet in the group visit room with other parents and with children the same age or the same medical diagnosis depending on the type of visit. In this casual environment we hope that parent's will
chat and get to know each other.

Dr. Bain will come in and talk on some very specific topics related to your child's age or medical condition. For instance, at the 1 Month Well Child Check one of the topics will be Optimal Nutrition for the Breastfeeding Mom.  At the 6 month Well Child Check one of the topics will be Optimal First Foods for Your Baby.  At the Eczema visit the Topic will be focused on our Healing Program.

Then we can break out and those that need vaccines or will go back to an exam rooms where a nurse will be waiting for you or to check out to schedule lab appointment. .  

Benefits of GROUP Appointments

Aside from more time with Dr. Bain some of the other advantages include:

  • Minimal waiting room time - since these appointments will start promptly. Be sure to be here on time so you won't miss anything!
  • Improved and predictable accesses since appointments are held weekly at the same time and can accommodate multiple patients at once.

Will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Set the agenda for what you would like to discuss with Dr. Bain - the questions and concerns you have
  • Schedule more frequent appointments with Dr. Bain if necessary
  • Have more time with Dr. Bain - to have your questions and concerns addressed and to have the doctor listen to you
  • Bring a support person - spouse, family member, or friend
  • Have the help and support of other patients who may be dealing with the same issues
  • Enjoy a more relaxed pace of care
  • Opportunity to participate as much or as little as comfortable.

Sharing Experiences

Many participants find that they learn a great deal from these appointments as parents share experiences and advice during the discussion. All the participants will either be the same age or experience the same chronic medical issue depending on the type of group visit. A blog will be set up for each group so you can share with others in your group outside of office visits.

Maintaining Confidentiality

All participants sign a privacy and confidentiality agreement and the visit is billed as a typical office visit with your usual co-pay. Participation is voluntary so if you prefer traditional individual appointments, you may still schedule them at any time. Shared medical appointments or group visits offer another alternative for your health care - and you will likely find them very educational and enjoyable as well!

To schedule your appointment, please call 972-294-0808

Written by Lori at 00:00

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