Children, Immunity, and Homoeopathic Medicine


What is Children, Immunity, and Homoeopathic Medicine ?

Once the infant is born, he/she is at risk from many pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites due to sudden enormous exposure to environmental antigens from a relatively sterile environment in utero. The immune system is still in gradually maturing stage during infancy. Early protection against many infections is given by the passive IgG antibody transferred from the mother trans-placental and in milk. Once that fades away, young children become more vulnerable to infections.

The key to a healthy child is a strong immune system. When the immune system functions properly, it can fight 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 various diseases. Conversely, a child with a weakened immune system is vulnerable or more susceptible to colds, flu, and more serious illnesses.

Multiple and periodic infections leads to less weight gain, and can lead to undernutrition, growth deficit, or failure to thrive. Undernutrition can have complications, such as a weakened immune system, slower than expected linear growth, shorter than expected height, or difficulties with learning. Hence, this goes on as a vicious circle of infections, weight loss, and weakened immunity.

To treat acute infections, child is usually given antibiotics, which are considered as a cornerstone to treat bacterial infections. However, the improper and excessive use of antibiotics has increased the emergence of resistant bacterial strains. Moreover, it needs to be given as per the correct pediatric dosage, which is very specific. The problem of the increase in antibiotic resistance may affect the child themselves when they become adult, as then the same antibiotic will not have the same effect in them when they turn adults.

If the child is overly susceptible to illness, few steps need to be taken to enhance his or her immune system and make it as strong as possible. Exposure to different bacteria and viruses can actually strengthen a child’s immune system. Furthermore, acquiring childhood diseases such as chicken pox, measles, mumps and rubella can help to build immunity and give your child lifetime protection against these diseases. However, we can’t let this happen or wait for it to happen.

Hence it is imperative to treat the acute infection, poor immunity, weight loss; with a medicine which does not produce resistance and yet treats all these rapidly and gently. This can be done in two ways – first is prevention and other is homeopathy medicine.

Prevention is the way to avoid subjecting child to continuing cycles of antibiotics. The powerful tools of prevention include breastfeeding, good nutrition, nutritional supplements, a nontoxic environment in day-care or pre-school, avoiding unnecessary antibiotics and vaccines, low stress, and rest and exercise.

  • Breastfeeding for as long as possible is crucial to developing a strong immune system. Breastmilk supplies the factors necessary to protect the child against disease, as well as all the nutrition he or she needs, including the essential fatty acids. Babies who are breastfed experience fewer infections than babies that are bottlefed.
  • Critical nutrients that stimulate a strong immune system include vitamins A, C, E and essential fatty acids; and minerals include manganese, selenium, zinc, copper, iron, sulphur, magnesium and germanium. These nutrients are available in an organic wholefood diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. Processed foods, sugar, and soda can weaken the immune system. 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.
  • Chemical exposures can damage the immune system, decreasing the ability to fight common infections. Contaminated food and water, pesticide exposure, and poor air quality all contribute to decreased immunity in children. Environmental toxins like garden pesticides, toxic household cleaners and personal care products are used everywhere.
  • Antibiotic resistance and decreased immunity are some of the consequences of excessive, unnecessary antibiotic use. Research suggests that vaccines do not provide true immunity against disease; nor do they create healthier children. Also, those unvaccinated children have strong immune systems.

Homeopathy medicine like Alfalfa contains various nutrients, making it one of the most nutritious food sources known. Some features of Alfalfa are listed below

  • Alfalfa Tonic is a natural source of essential nutrients, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to restore physical as well as mental well-being.
  • Alfalfa is rich in minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. Further, the alfalfa plant is a good source of beta-carotene, vitamins D, E, K and B complex, as well as chlorophyll.
  • It contains protein lysine, an amino acid which plays an important role in building muscle fibre, produces hormones, enzymes and antibodies, and repairs damaged tissue.
  • Alfalfa is also considered a strongly alkalizing food, which is of further benefit to blood as it must be kept at an alkaline pH level of around 7.35.
  • Alfalfa tonic typically contains extracts from all parts of the alfalfa plant. In addition to being a rich source of chlorophyll which promotes red blood cell production, alfalfa tonic is a good source of iron. Iron is required to produce hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen within red blood cells. Lack of hemoglobin or red blood cells (anemia) leads to fatigue, dizziness, pale skin and reduced surface body temperature. The vitamin K in alfalfa tonic can promote healthy blood clotting essential for wound healing.
  • Disorders characterized by malnutrition are mainly within its therapeutic range, for example, neurasthenia, nervousness, insomnia, nervous indigestion, etc.
  • Hence, it favourably influences nutrition, evidenced in harmonizing the appetite and digestion resulting in greatly improved mental and physical vigor, with gain in weight, and decreases infections, thus promoting immunity and growth in child.

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