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Strengthening Your Child's Immune System

Posted: May 3, 2017
By: Jane Sheppard

STRENGTHENING YOUR CHILD'S IMMUNE SYSTEM

AUTHOR: Jane Sheppard

The key to a healthy child is a strong immune system

When functioning properly, the immune system fights disease producing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. All children are continuously exposed to these pathogens, but exposure does not mean a child will get sick. A strong immune system provides a child with powerful natural defenses against disease. Conversely, a child with a weakened immune system is vulnerable or more susceptible to colds, flu, and more serious illnesses.

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It is virtually impossible to germproof your child. Germs are abundant everywhere, especially in situations such as daycare or preschool. Being exposed to germs is a part of life, and not necessarily unfavorable. Exposure to different viruses and bacteria can actually strengthen a child's immune system. Furthermore, acquiring innocuous childhood diseases such as chicken pox, measles, mumps and rubella can help to build immunity and give your child lifetime protection against these diseases. Lifetime immunity is important since these diseases can have serious negative effects if acquired as an adult.

If your child is overly susceptible to illness, you may want to take steps to enhance his or her immune system and make it as strong as possible. Prevention is the way to avoid subjecting your child to continuing cycles of antibiotics or other medications. The powerful tools of prevention include breastfeeding, good nutrition, nutritional supplements, a healthy mental attitude and emotional well-being, a nontoxic environment, chiropractic care, avoiding unnecessary antibiotics and vaccines, low stress, and plenty of rest and exercise.


Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding for as long as possible is crucial to developing a strong immune system. Breastmilk supplies the factors necessary to protect your baby against disease, as well as all the nutrition he or she needs, including the essential fatty acids. Breastfed babies experience fewer infections than babies that are bottle-fed. Feeding a baby artificial milk (formula) deprives him or her of receiving the crucial protection that breastmilk provides.


Nutrition & Nutritional Supplements

Good nutrition is essential to developing and keeping the immune system healthy and strong. Nutritional deficiencies may be responsible for chronic immune problems as it is easier for bacteria or viruses to take hold when important nutrients are missing. Critical nutrients that stimulate a strong immune system include vitamins A, C, E and essential fatty acids. The most important minerals include manganese, selenium, zinc, copper, iron, sulfur, magnesium and germanium. These nutrients can be obtained from an organic wholefoods diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. Unfortunately, most of our food supply is artificially manipulated and processed with many ingredients and additives that contribute to poor nutrition. Processed foods, sugar, and soda can weaken the immune system. These "foods" add nothing in the way of nutrition, and if your children fill up on a lot of them, they are not likely to eat healthy foods with essential nutrients. This can lead to a weak immune system. You may want to consult a qualified nutritionist or naturopathic physician to find out if your child has any deficiencies.

Dietary fats can either enhance or impair immune function, depending on the type of fat. The wrong types of fats (hydrogenated oils found in deep fried foods, margarine and baked goods) can predispose a child to recurrent infections and inflammatory conditions. Essential fatty acids (the good fats) are essential to normal immune and nervous system function. They are found in flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, hemp seed oil, borage seed oil, and fish oil. Cod liver oil is a great way for kids to receive essential fatty acids.

Sugar has been shown to reduce white blood cell count, an indicator of immune strength. The function of white blood cells is to fight and destroy germs that can cause disease. This is why many kids get sick after birthday parties or Halloween. Their resistance is lowered due to excess sugar. Giving your child extra vitamin C and the herb echinacea for a few days before and a few days after these events may help to prevent the onset of an infection.

You may want to consider probiotic supplementation if your child has a history of antibiotic use, ear infections, oral thrush, diarrhea, constipation, colic, food allergies, eczema, intestinal viral infections, candidiasis or is bottle-fed. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract that keep the "bad" bacteria from taking over. This bacterium is essential for healthy immunity. Acidolphilus is the probiotic supplement suggested for children over age seven and bifidus for children seven or under. You can find these supplements at your local health food store.

Herbs have been used safely all around the world since ancient times to prevent and treat disease.

Using herbs to strengthen a child's constitution can make them more resistant to illness. Certain herbs, including echinacea, astragalus, and garlic, have been found to have remarkable immunological effects. These herbs support the body's own process to stay at the peak of vitality and prevent development of disease.


Non-toxic Environment

More than 75,000 chemicals are permeating our environment. Chemical exposures can damage the immune system, decreasing the ability to fight off common infections and serious diseases such as cancer. Poor indoor and outdoor air quality, contaminated food and water, and constant, cumulative pesticide exposure all contribute to decreased immunity in children. Environmental toxins are everywhere, but there is much you can do to avoid unnecessary exposures and reduce the overall amount of chemicals your children take in to their bodies. There are affordable, nontoxic alternatives to all lawn and garden pesticides, toxic household cleaners and personal care products. Buying organic foods will greatly decrease your child's overall exposure to pesticides and help to create a healthier environment for all children.


Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics and Vaccines

Antibiotics are excessively prescribed to children. Antibiotic resistance and decreased immunity are some of the consequences of excessive, unnecessary antibiotic use.

Increasing evidence suggests that injecting a child with nearly three dozen doses of 10 different viral and bacterial vaccines before the age of five, while the immune system is still developing, can cause chronic immune dysfunction. The most that vaccines can do is lead to an increase in antibodies to a specific disease. They do not provide true immunity against disease; nor do they create healthier children. In fact, the risks of vaccinations can be very high and parents need to become informed before considering having their children injected with toxic vaccines.

I have seen many anecdotal reports from parents that express unequivocally how incredibly strong their unvaccinated children's immune systems are. My own unvaccinated daughter is remarkably healthy. She's been 'immunized' with four years of breastmilk, an organic whole foods diet, and plenty of love and attention. She has never needed an antibiotic. I know her immune system is strong enough to fight the so-called 'deadly' diseases that kids are vaccinated against. If she does get a serious infection, I am confident her strong immune system will respond quickly to treatment.


Chiropractic for Creating Strong Immunity

The nervous system affects the immune system and plays an important role in the immune response. Subtle misalignment of the bones, with tightened muscles and ligaments can lead to irritation of the nerve system and can alter the ability of the nerves to supply the tissues, organs and cells of the body with vital communication from the brain. The scientific study of neuroimmunology (the link between the nervous system and the immune system) clearly indicates that nerve system stress can cause decreased immunity and may increase susceptibility to disease.

Spinal misalignments can occur during childbirth, from tumbles or falls, or from any other normal childhood activity. A chiropractor can detect spinal misalignments and correct them by properly adjusting the spine. With proper nerve supply, the immune system can function at fuller capacity, allowing the body to naturally defend itself against disease.


Mental and Emotional Well-Being

The best nutrition for the immune system is love and attention. Children need to be held, hugged, rocked, massaged, nursed, touched and kissed regularly. When they feel loved and sense that the people around them love each other, they are secure and happy. There have been many studies done that show that laughter and positive thoughts and feelings stimulate the cells of the immune system. The more children laugh and enjoy life, the better their immune function and the healthier they will be.

Emotional stress and unhappiness may deplete the immune system and lower a child's resistance to disease. An important way to guard against emotional stress and promote positive feelings in an infant or toddler is by frequent and extended breastfeeding. The comfort they receive from this reassures them and can ease the sometimes-stressful situation of being a little person in a big world.

Giving your child a massage is another wonderful way to relieve stress and stimulate the immune system. You can easily learn to massage your baby or child. Find a class in your area or get the book, Infant Massage, A Handbook for Loving Parents, by Vimala Schneider McClure.

Plenty of sleep is also essential. Your child's body regenerates and renews itself while sleeping. In addition, it is important to include 'quiet time' as part of your child's day. Kids can easily be taught to practice yoga and meditation. A great yoga video for kids is YogaKids by Living Arts. (800-2-LIVING).

Plenty of fresh air and exercise can make a big difference in the health of your children. Spending a lot of time inside, breathing stale, recirculated air, can be a hazard to your child's immune function. Go for walks, play in the woods and let your children climb, jump, run, and dance. Let them hug trees and run barefoot in the grass. Mother Nature can be an excellent immune stimulator.


Swimmer's Ear Causes and Natural Remedies

Posted: May 3, 2017
By: Dr. Axe

Swimmer's ear - Dr. Axe


Natural Treatments for Ear Infections

Foods that Make Ear Infections Worse:

  • Packaged, processed foods. These foods may contain added chemicals, high levels of sodium, dyes and other synthetic ingredients that both adults and young children can be sensitive to. Try to avoid most things in packages and focus on eating more 'whole', real foods.
  • Potential food allergens: Some common allergens include conventional dairy, gluten, shrimp and peanuts, which can raise inflammation.
  • Conventional dairy products: Pasteurized cows' dairy products can be mucus-producing and worsen infections in the ears, throat or nasal passageways.
  • Added sugar: Reduces immune functioning and can raise inflammation.

Swimmer's ear diet - Dr. Axe

Swimmer's ear vs. ear infections - Dr. Axe

For more information: https://draxe.com/swimmers-ear/


Chiropractic and Ear Infections: What We Offer Makes A Difference

Posted: May 3, 2017
By: Pathways To Family Wellness

CHIROPRACTIC AND EAR INFECTIONS: WHAT WE OFFER MAKES A DIFFERENCE

AUTHOR: Jeanne Ohm, DC

Many parents bring their children into our office asking us to treat their ear infections. My first response is that the purpose of chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or diseases; rather, it is the restoration of normal body function. I explain that as chiropractors, we work with the nervous system via gentle spinal adjustments. We reduce stress related interference to the nervous system, thereby enhancing all overall body function. I further explain that all systems of the body - muscular, glandular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, eliminatory, hormonal and immunological - depend on the optimal function of the nervous system. With chiropractic, we focus on nerve system function to enhance all the body's systems.

Because many parents are unaware of the variety of options available for the treatment of ear infections, I continue, "As a parent, you have some choices to make. You can either treat the ear infection, or not- that's your right as a parent. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a watch-and-wait approach, because the evidence-based research about antibiotics is showing that not only are they ineffective at treating ear infections, but they will actually lead to repeated ear infections in your child.

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As a parent, you can choose to treat or not to treat. “If you do choose to treat, you again have some options. You can treat the ear infections allopathically (the typical medical/ drug route) or naturally. If you choose to go the usual route to a pediatrician, she may take a watch-and-wait approach.

More likely, she will prescribe an antibiotic. If, however, you would prefer to treat the ear infections more naturally, there are several options for you to consider. A naturopath will explore herbs and nutrition; a homeopath will assess your child for a specific remedy; an acupuncturist will work with specific meridian points for healing.

"It is so important that you as a parent realize you have choices, and the right to make these choices for your family.

"Regardless of the choices you make, the chiropractic approach will improve your child's inherent ability to function. Doesn't it make sense to have your child function at an optimal level for healing no matter how (or if ) you choose to treat? We will assess your child's spine, make the necessary adjustments to improve nerve system function and offer lifestyle suggestions to reduce nerve system stress for your child. We will also support any decision you make in your choice to treat the infection or not. This is your right as a parent, and we stand behind informed choice."

It is important that parents realize the role chiropractic plays in whole-body wellness. So, too, is it important for parents to know, when reading the following testimonials, that chiropractic adjustments have allowed these children to express a greater state of health and wholeness, and that their systems were able to overcome repeated infections because neuro-immunology function was restored.

Chiropractic - The Best Thing We've Done!

I started taking my 2-year-old daughter to the chiropractor as a last resort. She had had monthly ear infections for about nine months. We had recently scheduled surgery for her to have tubes put in, but it just didn't feel right to put her through surgery without exhausting all of our other options.

Taking her to a chiropractor was the best thing we could have done for her! We canceled her surgery, and she has not had one ear infection since we started going. It's a miracle, especially since she has had a couple of colds that would have definitely turned into ear infections without chiropractic care. We took her to the chiropractor immediately after she came down with her last cold, and the cold was practically gone the next day. We have also seen an improvement in my daughter's temperament since we started care. She gets sick less often, and seems more content overall. I recommend chiropractic for anyone wanting to improve his or her overall health and well-being.

Chiropractor: Dr Debra Bell, Location: Cary, NC

Watching Her Innate Power at Work

Our chiropractors have educated us that the body's innate ability to heal itself can only work when subluxations (nerve interferences) are not present. That is why when my 3-year-old daughter, Anna, woke up and couldn't open her eyes, like they were glued shut, I knew what had to be done. We brought her in to our chiropractor and within a couple of hours after just one adjustment, her eyes had cleared completely. It was amazing to watch Anna's innate power at work! That power needed to be turned on again the next day. She worked just fine, but later that day, she developed an excruciating earache. I drove her to our chiropractor for another adjustment, and her earache was gone just a short while later. The pain never returned.

And now? We return for regular adjustments and always will. If your family is sick, don't feel pressured by society to give them Tylenol, Motrin and antibiotics. Give them a gift from God...chiropractic.

Chiropractor: Dr Felicity Keough, Location: Englewood, FL

Goodbye to Drugs

Christopher was on his fourth round of antibiotics when I first brought him to the chiropractor. Since beginning chiropractic care, he has not had an ear infection! Before chiropractic, it would take him three weeks to get over a cold (no kidding), and the doctor would put him on so many meds, decongestants, antihistamines, cough suppressants and antibiotics. He hasn't taken one prescription since beginning chiropractic care. I noticed changes immediately.

Chiropractor: Dr. Dennis Brown, Location: Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Committed to Lifetime Care

CJ was about 2 and a half years old when I hit the end of my rope with traditional medicine. We had gone to so many doctors, all of them poking him in order to give us their two cents. None of their advice had made a difference in the long-term healing of CJ's most serious issues. He had GERD, chronic ear infections and reactive airway disease. The pediatrician put him on expensive medications, changed his formula and sent us home. As CJ grew, the reflux and ear infections got worse and the medications got stronger. The ear infections started to impair his hearing. At 14 months of age, he had ear tubes put in. I was told that things would get better. Twenty ear infections and about one year later, I received a fact sheet from one of my friends about chiropractic and ear infections.

I had gone for adjustments myself a few times and felt comfortable with this chiropractor, so I brought CJ in for an evaluation. CJ loved it from the first moment. The difference in him from when we walked in to when we left was indescribable. In a very short and happy time, CJ has gone from having weekly ear infections to NO ear infections. CJ and I are now committed to lifetime care! I feel like I have done a huge service for my son by not listening to people who do not understand. CJ has become a happier little person who no longer aches constantly. Go with your gut and make the commitment.


Ear Infections In Kids: Natural Remedies to Ease Ear Pain and Enhance Function

Posted: May 3, 2017
By: Pathways To Family Wellness

EAR INFECTIONS IN KIDS: NATURAL REMEDIES TO EASE EAR PAIN AND ENHANCE FUNCTION

AUTHOR: Jim Bob Haggerton, D.C.

My wife and I have been in private practice, specializing in helping children and their families for the past 11 years. Of all the issues that happen with our pediatric patients, ear infection is probably the most common. We compiled this information and these tips for our practice, and you can use them to help prevent, comfort or correct possible infections in your child.

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Ear infections are a very important topic. This is commonly the condition that starts children down the antibiotic superhighway, of which it seems there's no return. No parent forgets the trip to the doctor after having their child (especially their first) wake up in the middle of the night screaming and clawing at the side of their head while sweating with fever. Not a pretty picture. But are antibiotics and medical intervention the only option when it comes to childhood ear infections? The easy, quick answer is no.

I want to start off by clarifying that not all 'ear infections' are actually infected ears, or even infections. Children's Eustachian tubes (ear canals) are not slanted down like those of adults. Their canals are straight across or horizontal, making it hard for your baby to get much help from gravity to move the fluid from the lymph nodes and the ears into the throat and out of their body. The problem comes when fluid and congestion build up in the lymph nodes in the sides of the neck and throat and cannot be moved or flushed out of the child's body. That fluid has to go somewhere, so if the fluid can't go back down, then it will frequently back up into the child's Eustachian tube, causing fluid pressure on the back of the ear drum. This pressure will cause swelling and irritation - pain- just like an infection, and if left unaddressed long enough can progress into an infection. The problem, though, is that most pediatricians are medicating the kids they see before they know whether or not they actually have an infection.

Many of us have gone through this in the past: We've taken our child to the pediatrician because they are obviously in pain, acting funny, or pulling at their ears, and the doc looked in their ears with the otoscope and said, 'Yep, it's red. Little Johnny's got an ear infection. I'll write you a script for an antibiotic.' Think about that for a minute. How did the doctor know, just from the color of the tympanic membrane (eardrum), that your child had an infection? He didn't The only way to truly diagnose an infection in the ear is by doing a swab of the ear and culturing the area. Then they can see for sure whether or not your child actually has an infection. If they don't do that, the problem more than likely is fluid buildup behind the eardrum. Or the area may simply be irritated (red, swollen and/or painful) due to teething, because the ears are close to the gums and mouth and often react when this area is under stress.

Now, of course, if your child is running a raging fever and the side of her face and head are on fire and the ear is oozing a colorful pus, then yes, you could definitely say she has an infection. But for the majority of children going into the pediatrician's office for discomfort, sleep issues, or whatever the parent noticed lately, the problem isn't necessarily an infection. The reason for prescribing antibiotics without a true infection diagnosis is that if your child is having an underlying infection, the drug will take effect. But the less you have to medicate your child, the better, and if there's not an actual infection there are other options.

So what do you do if your child is fussy and having issues with one or both of their ears? Are there things you can do besides medication to help her feel better and help the fluid move out of the Eustachian tube? Absolutely. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the best approach for an ear infection is to 'watch and wait'. They don't even recommend routine antibiotics for this condition, and say that most heal at the same rate whether you take meds or simply wait and do nothing.

So what the heck are you supposed to do if your child is not infected but has issues with too much fluid in her ears?


Managing Fluid

The first order of business is to help their body get rid of the extra fluid building up in their ear canal. There are a few different ways to help their little bodies do the job:

1. Moist heat. One of the best things that helps with circulation is moist heat. Taking a wash cloth and wetting it with warm water and placing it on the irritated side of the neck and head helps to increase circulation to the ear and the ear canal. Make sure to not only put the cloth over the ear, but down the side of the neck as well. This will help drain the lymph nodes in the sides and front of the neck.

2. Massage. Infant massage helps to move the fluid out of the lymph nodes and out of the ears. Using only enough pressure to dent the skin, start your massage behind the ear where you feel your child's bony prominence (mastoid process). From there, work your way down the side of the neck and slightly in front of the neck with long, gentle strokes to help move fluid out of the lymph nodes. If you feel a swollen area as you're massaging down the side of the neck, do light massage in tiny circles around that area.

3. Cold Laser Therapy. One of the many things cold laser therapy helps with is circulation. Using the laser on the area and over the ear will help to move the fluid along and reduce the inflammation. Obviously, this isn't something you can do at home. But we have a cold laser at our practice, and yours may have one, too.

4. Chiropractic Adjustments. Lymph nodes need properly functioning muscles to contract with your baby's head movements in order to flush out the fluid and congestion that pools in the area. If the bones in the top of your baby's neck become restricted (due to birth or any other type of physical stressor), the muscles around that area cannot contract and work correctly. If the muscles don'tcontract perfectly, then the body has a hard time flushing out the fluid in the ear canals. Gentle adjustments to this area help to reduce spasms and re-establish normal motion to a restricted area, which offers tremendous relief when your child has too much fluid in her ears. Adjustments also boost the immune system and help the body to function optimally.

5. Essential Oil Therapy. In our office we use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils and have used them in our clinic for the past nine years. The oils are amazing and work fantastically well with children because they soak directly into the skin (with topical application) or are absorbed and used through inhalation (if diffused). This is so much easier and safer than trying to get your child or infant to orally take any type of supplements. It also doesn't matter whether your child's digestive system is functioning perfectly or not since the oils work directly, not relying on the digestive system to break them down. Never put the oils directly in your child's ears as they can burn their ear drum and cause extra pain. Always use a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, V6 oil) to dilute the oil you're using to make sure it doesn't irritate the skin. The following oils are the ones we use the most for 'ear infections' or fluid for our pediatric patients:

A) Lemon Oil. Great for immune function and lymphatic drainage. Rub 1-2 drops into the sides of the neck that are swollen or congested. Do this every couple of hours while the child is experiencing the congestion.

B) Melrose Oil. Powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Rub alongside of the neck starting behind the ear, and also apply around the cranial (skull) bones on the side of the head around the ear in question.

C) Lavender Oil. The Swiss army knife of oils, incredible for inflammation. You can apply this either to the site or to the bottoms of the feet.

D) Copaiba Oil. Another anti-inflammatory. If your child is teething, use this oil to massage into his gums to reduce swelling and help with the process. This will keep the extra inflammation from moving back into the ear canal.

We use Young Living oils and recommend them due to their quality control and unmatched purity. This year the company came out with a brand new KidScents line that includes several great blends that are already conveniently pre-diluted for many of the most common childhood issues. (*Note: Dr. John offers a variety of essential oil brands in-office for your convenience, all of therapeutic grade and quality).


Pain Relief

If your baby is exhibiting signs of a possible infection, or if they're not necessarily infected, but are having a lot of pain, there are other things to do:

  1. Garlic and Mullein Drops. A company named Herb Pharm has a product called Garlic and Mullein drops that you can use to help with inflammation and pain in the ear. It smells garlicky, but it really does help to reduce the pain and swelling. You can also make your own garlic drops by crushing a couple garlic cloves and adding them to warm water to put into the ear.

  2. Warm olive oil. Taking a tablespoon and using steam over the stove, you can heat up some olive oil and then use either a medicine dropper or a cotton ball to drop the olive oil into the irritated ear. This helps to soothe the ear and reduce swelling.

  3. Colloidal Silver. Putting colloidal silver in the ear will help to kill any bacteria congregating in the ear canal. Killing off these bacteria will help to reduce the swelling, which will help to reduce the overall pain.

  4. Rock Salt. What? I know, I know. Just keep reading. You can buy rock salt at most grocery stores. Put some rock salt in the bottom of a sock and either microwave or bake the sock until it is a little more than warm. Place the sock over your child's ear on the infected side and it will help decrease the tenderness, improve circulation and pull fluid from the canal.

  5. Moist Heat. On top of helping with circulation, moist heat really helps with comfort.

  6. Nursing. Make sure you nurse often and on demand during a situation where your child's ears are bothering him. This provides comfort and supports extra circulation - and if there is an infection, you are giving your child all the antibodies they need to fight off the invader!


Immune Boosters

The other thing that is really important is boosting up your child's immune system during this time. Here are a few really important immune boosters to take yourself (if you're breastfeeding) or to give directly to your child:

  1. Probiotics. The stomach and digestive tract play a huge role in immune function. There's actually no way to have a properly functioning immune system if your digestive tract is a mess. Probiotics are the good bacteria that help to regulate, support and protect your system. Make sure that you buy a probiotic that is not cultured from dairy. Many of them are, so read the fine print. Dairy in a probiotic can be an allergen that limits its function. Innate Choice makes the high-quality nondairy probiotic we keep in our offices. (Note: Dr. John offers a variety of probiotics to match each individual's needs, including InnateChoice and Dr. Mercola).

  2. Thymex. This product is made by Standard Process and is a thymus extract supplement that helps to boost immunity by stimulating the thymus gland. The thymus gland produces T lymphocytes, which direct the entire immune response. This product is very affordable and works really well. Consult your practitioner for dosage instructions.

  3. Omega-3 fats. In order for your body to heal, it needs the proper amount of cholesterol; proper fats help build the cholesterol needed for healing. Taking a sufficient amount of omega-3 fats (fish oil, flax oil, borage oil) is vital in helping the body rebuild and boost the immune system. Again, our favorite company for these is Innate Choice. (Note: Dr. John recommends Dr. Mercola's Omega-3s)

  4. Vitamin D. Children should be getting 500 IUs of vitamin D per day. This supplement is a great immune booster and helps support the respiratory system. (Note: ask Dr. John about the dosage he recommends for your child and brand, we offer a variety based on your needs)

  5. Zinc. This is the mineral of the immune system. If you or your child is deficient, it can really slow down the immune response.

  6. Thieves Oil. This oil, manufactured by Young Living, is key to boosting immunity and helping fight infection. Use this on the bottoms of your child's feet and diffuse it in their room while they sleep to further boost their system and fight any systemic infection. (Note: Thieves is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils)


Dietary Tips

During a time when your child is fighting irritation in the ear, watch his diet, too. Here are some tips:

  1. Eliminate or reduce sugar intake. Sugar will reduce your child's immune system function, the exact opposite of what you want to happen.

  2.  No caffeine. None for you if you're nursing, or for your child if they are older. Caffeine breaks down body tissue and reduces the immune response. Plus it destroys the digestive tract, a huge part of the immune system. Drink more water.

  3. No dyes or artificial sweeteners. These are potent neurotoxins and will limit either your or your child's body's ability to heal.

  4. Increase protein. This will help to stabilize the blood sugar and speed up healing.

  5. Reduce or eliminate dairy products. Dairy has naturally occurring sugars in it, and it causes the body to increase mucous production. Therefore, it can contribute to swelling of the ear tissues and increase in fluid.

  6. Regulate gluten. Gluten is a major allergenic food. If you haven't taken gluten out of your diet (if nursing) or your child's diet, consider doing so around this time.

  7. Increase fruits and vegetables. You want as many 'alive' foods in your system as you can to reduce inflammation in both your body and your baby's.

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