Winter is coming (Game of Thrones pun intended), and this signals the beginning of cold and flu season. A common question I get from families around this time of year is “HOW CAN I BOOST MY CHIL’S IMMUNE SYSTEM”, or is there anything they can do minimize the risk of their family getting sick.
There are no magic pills that will guarantee that you or your children won’t get sick (if you know of one, please let me know ASAP so I can invest in the company). In fact, it is very likely, that you and your children will get sick at some point over the winter. A child under 5 years of age averages 4-6, minor upper respiratory and viral illnesses each year. Sometimes the cough lasts for weeks. So even though it seems your child has been coughing for months, that is probably normal (though we are always happy to take a look in the office).
With that being said, there is always room to boost your immune system and decrease your family’s chances of getting sick. Her...
So you went to the doctor for your child’s sore throat and the rapid strep test was negative. What now? Over 90% of sore throats or “pharyngitis” are viral infections and antibiotics are not helpful or needed. Are there any natural options that can be helpful?
Here are a few things you can try to help sooth your child’s sore throat:
1. Raw Honey
A daily dose of raw honey is one of several soothing strep throat home remedies and has the most evidence for its efficacy on treating viral infections. Honey’s healing property is due to its antibacterial and antiviral activity and its ability to create a protective barrier to prevent infection and bactericidal activity.
2. Supplements- Vitamin C and D, Elderberry
Use vitamin C to boost your immune system, repair tissue damage in the throat and decrease your risk of a wide range of illnesses. Scientific evidence also shows the important role vitamin D plays in the immune system because of its antimicrobial defenses. Additionally, elderberry has...
Have we lost the balance that is vital to health in Modern Medical Pediatrics? Is modern western medicine broken? I believe the answer to this question in some areas is, yes. I think the very nature of this question is flawed. Why are there still the terms Eastern and Western medicine? Why have we not blended the best of both worlds into our practice for the benefit of our patients?
Don't get me wrong, I love modern medicine. I trained at premier, allopathic programs and have learned so many important and life saving lessons. For an acute illness, there is nothing better on this planet than modern medicine. Drugs are fast acting and they save lives. If you have pneumonia, you need antibiotics. If you are having an anaphylactic reaction, you need epinephrine and to go to the emergency department. Modern medicine, is wonderful, beautiful, and should be the foundation of pediatric care. Unfortunately, when it comes to preventative and chronic care, I believe our clinics around the USA ar...