It’s always hard when our little ones are sick. No parent ever wants to watch their children suffer.
Some children, however, get sick far more often, and it can truly be trying on a family.
My prayer is that these families may be able to find healing solutions that will restore their children’s immune systems. Here are 8 ways to help them heal and recover.
I know this may sound contrary to what you would normally think to do, but if you are vaccinating your child according to the CDC recommended vaccine schedule, your child has had an onslaught of adjuvants, viruses, and bacteria injected into her system. All of these can skew the immune system, which can lead to further illness (1).
In nature, your child would never come in contact with all of those viruses and bacteria at once, and even then, the pathogen would have to go through layers of immune protection before ever reaching the bloodstream (if ever). Vaccination bypasses the natural process of immunity, artificially activating a response with aluminum and other adjuvants. This can create an imbalance, leading to autoimmunity and allergies or a weakened response to actual pathogens in the environment.
I encourage you to review your child’s medical records. Did they fall ill soon after a “well-child” visit? Is she getting frequent ear infections? Fevers? These are all adverse reactions listed on many vaccine inserts and should alert you of a deeper problem.
Postponing or stopping vaccination can help her system detoxify and regain balance. This will hopefully give her a break from constant illnesses and strengthen her overall. After 4-6 months, you can then reassess if vaccinating according to the schedule is in the best interest of your child. I encourage you to research during this time in order to make an informed choice.
Avoid Antibiotics and Over-the-Counter Pharmaceuticals
There’s a time and a place for antibiotics and over-the-counter medications, but they are often used far more than necessary. Antibiotics wreak havoc on the gut and destroy the good bacteria along with the bad. Good bacteria are needed to ward off future infections, and without a standing “army,” your child will most likely catch the next bug that comes along. And the next.
Tylenol is also of concern because it depletes the body of glutathione, which is necessary for detoxification. Recent studies have also linked Tylenol, or acetaminophen, to autism and asthma (2). If your child has either of these conditions, it’s best to find a natural solution or opt for dye-free ibuprofen.
You also need to know, however, that pharmaceutical medications often suppress the body when administered. This is why many are not recommended for children under two years of age (3). They override the body’s natural healing process in order to accomplish a desired outcome. This often leads to side effects, deeper pathology, future susceptibility to illness, and chronic conditions.
Explore Natural Healing Solutions
Natural healing methods, such as homeopathy and essential oils, can stimulate the body to do its own healing without suppression. Homeopathy works with the body and can strengthen and boost the immune system when used consistently over time. It can also reduce the severity and frequency of treated illnesses as well.
Essential oils can also be used to treat a number of infections and illnesses. Proper care must be taken with younger children, but when used appropriately, they can offer relief from bug bites, injuries, indigestion, and more. Popular immune support blends include Young Living’s “Thieves” and Doterra’s “On Guard.”
Some have also found it helpful to supplement with elderberry syrup every few days, and others find relief with chiropractic care, especially when it comes to treating ear infections. Boosting the immune system and keeping the spine free of subluxations can keep the body functioning optimally overall.
Eat Nutrient-Dense Foods
At least 70% of the immune system resides in the gut. Maintaining a healthy ratio of good bacteria will help keep your children healthy and strong. One of the best ways to do this is through nutrition.
Eating wholesome foods can provide the body with all it needs to fend off disease, detoxify, and maintain wellness. Instead of processed snacks, reach for fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, nut butters, and vegetables. Look for pastured meats and eggs, make bone broths, and use the tallow for sauteeing vegetables. The closer your food is to nature, the better it will be for you overall.
For this reason, avoid refined sugar, artificial dyes, preservatives, and sweeteners. All of these weaken the immune system and make it difficult for the body to function properly. Instead, use raw, local honey or organic maple syrup for a sweet treat that boosts the body and provides some added protection and nourishment.
If you have an infant, also consider avoiding grains until 12 months of age. Grains, including rice, can be harsh on a baby’s digestive system, because they do not have the enzymes necessary to break down grains until 12-18 months. For more information on nutrient-dense first foods for babies, see here.
Supplement with Vitamins
Supplementing with vitamins can also help provide the necessary nutrients the body needs to fend off disease. Vitamin C, for example, strengthens the immune system and also aids the body in detoxification. Some have found it helpful to supplement daily Wholefood Vitamin C. For infants or those looking for a whole-food supplement, Acerola Cherry Powder can be given instead. One fourth of a teaspoon can be safely given to babies under one year of age. Other whole food sources for Vitamin C include oranges, lemons, and other fruits and leafy greens.
Vitamin D is another vitamin that is necessary for immune system support. When selecting a supplement, look for a whole food supplement that includes Vitamin D3. Cod liver oil is another good source of Vitamin D as is sunlight, pastured animal fats, such as tallow, and butter or ghee. For those, who do not like swallowing cod liver oil, this Vitamin D Cream is a great option that can increase the absorption of Vitamin D by eight times.
When your child’s gut health has been compromised, especially following antibiotics, it can be helpful to replenish the good bacteria in the gut. Ideally, this would be done with unadulterated garden vegetables, picked fresh from your garden. Some people benefit from fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kefir, and others find it helpful to take a supplement.
Probiotic supplements can often be taken daily for a period of time to help repopulate the gut and build the immune system. Some have found that once better, they no longer need to supplement. It is recommended that probiotics be taken after every round of antibiotics at the very least. (This probiotic is a good option for infants.)
If, however, your child has an autoimmune disease and does not respond well to probiotics, you may want to consider the whole food alternatives above. Ultimately, the healthier your gut biome is, the healthier you will be overall.
Detoxify the Body
The more toxic the body is, the more difficult it will be for it to fend off disease. Toxins can accumulate from a number of sources, including conventional produce, pesticides, chemical cosmetics, pharmaceutical medications, vaccines, and more. Reducing the toxicity load can help the body work effectively at maintaining homeostasis.
Consider taking Epsom Salt baths twice a week for 15 minutes at a time. Make sure to use pure Epsom Salts, not ones that have been tainted with chemicals (fragrance). You may also add in a couple of drops of lavender for an extra boost.
Daily doses of Vitamin C, as mentioned above, can also help keep the detoxification pathways open, along with eating a nutrient-dense diet. Far infrared saunas, essential oils, and ionic footbaths are other options to consider for gentle detoxification.
Try an Elimination Diet
Many children have unknown food allergies and intolerances that can make them more susceptible to illness. Food allergies and intolerances can be the result of a compromised gut, which is why gut health is so important. Eliminating the foods that are causing a reaction can allow the gut to heal and strengthen the immune system overall.
Two of the main culprits are gluten and dairy. Gluten is extremely inflammatory and is often sprayed with glyphosate, which further opens the gut barrier. It can also elicit an autoimmune response in some children.
Dairy can lead to excess mucus and congestion. If your child has constant ear infections or respiratory issues, it’s best to avoid dairy until better in order to keep the congestion at bay.
Try a Homeopathic Protocol or Homeoprophylaxis
As mentioned above, homeopathy is all natural and boosts the body to healing. If you’ve done all of the above and have not seen much gains in your child’s health, consider using homeopathy to stimulate and boost the immune system naturally.
Taking Calc Carb 30c twice a day or taking one dose of Calc Carb 200 every three days for a period of 1-3 months can help the body reset and work its way back to healing. This remedy is gentle and slow-acting and helps uproot the underlying pathology, allowing for better overall health and wellness.
Homeopathy can also be used safely to prevent acute illnesses. This is known as homeoprophylaxis. For example, administering four doses of Influenzinum 30c, one day a week for a month and then one day a month for the remainder of flu season can help prevent or lessen the severity of the flu. (See this post for more information.)
Other homeopathic remedies can also be used to prevent other acute illnesses, such as the measles, whooping cough, and more without the dangers of side effects or toxicity. Homeoprophylaxis can also help retrain the immune system in severe cases. Find out more here.
When taking homeopathy, make sure to avoid food and drinks for at least 10 minutes before and after each dose. Do not touch the pellets with your fingers, and avoid peppermint, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oils, including those found in toothpaste. All of these will stop the remedy from working. (We use this toothpaste when treating with homeopathy.)
Employing one or more of these tips is often all that’s needed to keep the immune system strong and healthy. In severe cases, however, a biomedical practitioner or homeopath may be needed to address any further underlying causes.
Making the changes necessary to provide optimal nutrition and support for the body takes work, but is so very worth it in the end. I’ve come to find that true health does not come from a syringe or prescription.
It is a lifestyle. It is a consequence of our choices and actions.
Choose wisely, Friends.
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