So, I am no stranger to using antibiotics to cure many different things. I have had terrible high blood pressure for most of my life. Diet and exercise do nothing to regulate it. My doctor prescribed Labetelol to control it. About two weeks after I started, I got so ill I had to be hospitalized. It turns out that the pharmacy had filled my prescription incorrectly. Instead of high blood pressure medicine, I was ingesting a ridiculously high amount of an anti-seizure medicine called Lamictal. I was hospitalized for a week with something called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (Great. I can't even get something with a cool name. Sounds like I picked it up in Jersey). The recovery was brutal. It permanently burned out my tear ducts as well as destroyed my skin.
Needless to say, I am much more reticent to use prescriptions. I am not opposed to them - sometimes they are the only thing that cures what you're fighting. However, after having kids I have tried to incorporate a more naturalistic method of treating my daughters before rushing off to the pediatrician's office. (Usually right after I go there, the girls bring something even worse home than what I brought them for!) I have read many different books on alternatives to conventional medical treatments. This is the best book, hands down, that I have discovered. I found it last fall on Amazon's Best-Seller list of Children's Health books.
It's called 100 Natural Remedies for Your Child. The Complete Guide to Safe, Effective Treatments for Childhood's Most Common Ailments, from Allergies to Weight Loss. It's by Dr. Jared M. Skowron. It's broken down into three sections: Natural Solutions for your Kids, Top 100 Pediatric Health Conditions and Safe, Natural Solutions and Body System Remedies.
Part One, Natural Solutions for your Kids, talks all about the power of food. More and more people are choosing to cut out processed food, foods with potential toxins/pesticides and other less healthy food choices. Instead, we are becoming more knowledgeable about the best types of protein, carbohydrates, fats and sugars to consume. In my house I have been slowly transforming my pantry over the last 7 years. The first thing I did was to add whole grains. We started eating much more clean food. We have been slowly eliminating processed foods from our diets which means I have to freakin' cook more - but it's all worth it knowing that I am helping keep my children healthy while teaching them how to eat correctly. We have added more Omegas, probiotics and complex carbohydrates to our daily food consumption. Chapter 1 from Dr. Skowron's book is a great start if you’re looking to make healthy changes for your family and yourself. It's easy to read and also gives great stories from children who have overcome great health challenges with changes to their diet instead of solely relying on prescriptions.
The second part, Top 100 Pediatric Health Solutions, is phenomenal because it reads like a dictionary of illnesses. As soon as my two year old gets a cold, within 5 days she also is host to a vicious earache. I flip to the index of 100 Natural Remedies for Your Child and it tells me exactly where to find the information about ear infections. We know that she doesn’t have allergies, so this is not the cause of the inflammation. We tried out the herbal eardrops Dr. Skowron suggests. This helped immensely and the infection cleared up without the need for amoxicillin. You can find just about any childhood concern addressed in this chapter: from cradle cap to pink eye to croup. There are also holistic approaches to more severe illnesses like cystic fibrosis and diabetes. Each condition has a description of the symptoms and provides multiple methods of addressing the issues with diet, vitamins and supplements and naturopathic remedies. He also offers some alternative remedies for many of the conditions. I highly recommend trying natural methods before jumping right into an expensive trip to the pharmacy. It's not your only method of treatment!!!
The last section is about overall recommendations for healthy living. Two thirds of my hair fell out after my second pregnancy. I figured it was just mad at me for having a second kid – but it apparently held a grudge. I used the information about the Mediterranean Diet to help it slowly get over being a hater and return to my head. I also know that high blood pressure runs rampant on my side of the family. So, I have used this chapter to introduce the key foods and naturopathic remedies into my household to hopefully stave off this condition for the girls and eliminate it from my life. Also, the back of the book has an index that reveals all natural supplement - drug interactions. This ia a wonderful section about the different remedies, how much to take of them as well as possible side effects. It’s critical to know what will interact poorly! I had a friend that didn’t know St. John’s Wort can diminish the efficacy of oral birth control pills. Oops. Nine months later we had a new tiny friend!
Anyway – I hope your child never has one second of illness. However, should her entire class become at risk for a lice outbreak, it’s good to know you can turn to this book for some remedies. Same for ADHD and autism. Before placing your child on tons of prescription drugs, at least give a natural method a chance. Or, read it over and implement small, healthy changes into your kitchen. It will help everyone – not just the under 18 crowd.
100 Natural Remedies for Your Child. The Complete Guide to Safe, Effective Treatments for Childhood's Most Common Ailments, from Allergies to Weight Loss by Dr. Jared Skowron is an easy how to guide. The only thing I can think of that he missed from Allergies to Weight Loss is Xenophobia. But, maybe he’s just saving that for his next best seller.
Pick one up today! It's available in paperback and Kindle. Then your friends will start coming to you because you're the cool, crunchy mom that knows what feverfew is and you didn't even go to Hogwarts.