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We were about to write up a detailed article about this subject, but our colleague and teacher Miranda Castro said it so beautifully, we decided to re-post her article here. Please do yourself a favor and print this article and chart out to have at the ready if and when you might need it.
We see a lot of children in our practice, and though we’re constantly in search of an acute remedy for a particular illness or a constitutional homeopathic remedy to break a cycle of getting sick, (i.e.: recurrent ear infections, colds, flus, coughs, etc.), what I’m writing about here are some basic immune support before all of that occurs.
Obviously, good hygiene (washing hands, after the bathroom, or the playground and before eating, etc.) is important. Dressing warmly enough goes a long way too – so the body doesn’t have to work so hard to keep the vital energy up.
What we recommend for children ages 2-12:
Daily: 1/2 tsp Barlean’s Omega Kids DHA Fish Oil Supplement, (has vitamin D in it, too) or 1 tsp Carlson’s Norwegian Cod Liver Oil – and I’ve found that the lemon flavor helps.
2 weeks on, 1 week off: 3/4 tsp Honey Gardens Elderberry Syrup (with Apitherapy Raw Honey, Propolis and Elderberries) – I make sure to buy this brand because it has the raw honey in it and it tastes good. There is another one that’s tasty that’s a combination of red grape, blueberry, pomegranate, aromaberry, elderberry and red raspberry – called Natural Health, Fruit Anthocyanins.
Daily: One dropper-ful of Vitamin D3 daily, adding up to a total of 1000 IU daily, and make sure they’re getting enough Vitamin A in combination. Good sources are animal foods such as eggs, butter and liver, and then there are good ol’ dark leafy greens. (Note that the Barlean’s has 325 IU of Vitamin D per serving, so you want to make sure to plan accordingly with a dropper of supplemental Vitamin D.)
When sick or snotty I would increase all these doses to 2x a day and give the Elderberry Syrup even if you’re in the off-week.
And as another tip, 1 tsp a few times a day of raw honey (if you don’t have raw, regular will do) at the first hint of a cough!
In times when this isn’t holding off illness, that’s when you call us. Of course we’ll welcome your call anytime, but isn’t it nice to NOT have to call the doctor or homeopath as often? 🙂