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  1. #1
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    Aug 2009

    What do you do to treat your kids ailments and help boost their immune system?

    How awful it is when our little ones come down with a fever. Of course we have Nurofen handy to bring down the temperature, and then there is the runny nose that must be an allergy?? So many perplexing problems to solve when you are the mother of small children.

    So gurus here is your chance to share how you overcome the problems of sore throats, temperatures etc.

    I think most of all I am interested in finding out how you help to protect their immune system. We all know that a course of antibiotics undermines the immune system, so it seems that we are between a rock and a hard place, in that we need to treat our children but we also want them to have a strong immune system.

    I have been reading an article that advocates cod liver oil but it would have to be a child in a million (surely?) who would be able to take it without gagging.

    Looking forward to hearing how you deal with these everyday ailments that make our kids miserable.

    Psalm 23

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Isn't there anyone who is willing to share how they look after their kids when they have ailments and if you have good ideas for helping them ward off the nasties which make them miiserable.
    Psalm 23

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    I would but we haven't gotten to that yet! Ivan has only ever had a cold and we ran the humidifier to help relieve congestion. He also has some problems with eczema, which I just got advice for from some wonderful people here.
    Mommy to Mr. Ivan Eli

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    We have been so lucky (knock wood) with a healthy baby who at almost 1.5 hasn't had to take an antibiotic. We had eczema issues though & allergy issues. Those problems made me very conscious about food choices & clothing & bedding made of natural fibers & washed in gentle fragrance free detergents. So we live a bit of a natural lifestyle in those ways. I also credit breast feeding and allowing my daughter to set her own schedule. We are lucky to have a life situation where I stay at home with her so her naps happen when she's tired, she eats when she's hungry, I let her get out her energy when she needs it. I think it's been beneficial to her that she gets those things when she wants or needs them, not by the clock. I don't know if it's luck or if it's these lifestyle choices, but it's worked out for us! She has a fairly active social life, so she is around other kids & their germs, we have a dog and I am not a germaphobe, we live in a city and I had her out and about when she was days old we were walking to the grocery store in January!

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Ok, so I don't have children but I can speak from childhood experience.

    My brothers and I were never given medication of any sort when we were little, unless we were ill. We were just left to catch everything naturally and build up our immune systems that way (but not in the weird 'let's have a chicken pox party!' kind of way). Yeah I remember being sick and it's not nice, but we were dosed up on Calpol (surely the best tasting medicine on the planet?!) and left to snuggle on the sofa until we were better. We were told to drink Lucozade though! Seriously doubt it has any medicinal properties other than giving an energy boost But other than the odd cold, none of us have been really ill with flu and the like since primary school.

    Ha, all kids have runny noses. If it's hay fever, I'm sure there'll be meds for that, but other than shoving a tissue under their nose and telling them to blow as hard as they can I don't know what to suggest.

    I do remember being given a vile cod liver oil concoction once, which we were told was full of vitamins and omega 3, and that it'd help us grow big and strong etc. Totally revolting. It didn't last long. So basically I think providing a healthy diet and letting them naturally pick things up now is probably the best course of action. And when they are ill- cheer them up with favourite foods, treats and magazines etc! Obviously if they're repeatedly ill a trip to the doc is called for
    William ♠ Thomas ♠ Peter ♠ Henry ~ Rose ♠ Alice ♠ Ivy ♠ Lowenna
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