Many parents are choosing Complementary and Alternative Treatment over mainstream medications for common ailments such as colds, flu, fevers and more. We can choose from the standard biomedical approach of vitamins, minerals, amino acids to herbal remedies and homeopathic remedies.
I’ve been more and more fascinated by homeopathy ever since my last trip to Sydney. You can find natural and homeopathic remedies in a pharmacy everywhere there. Homeopathy and other types of complementary and alternative healthcare is a very well-respected treatment choice worldwide. Please read Amy Lansky’s Impossible Cure http://www.impossiblecure.com/index.php It illustrates how homeopathy works as well as how she recovered her son from Autism with homeopathy.
In biomed, we try as much as possible to use non-medicated treatments unless the situation warrants it. We now know that Panadol (paracetamol) lowers glutathione levels, so biomed parents try as hard as possible to avoid it. Please refer to this for more information regarding the importance of glutathione https://spectrummum.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/glutathione-and-star-wars/
We use natural means such as cooling down the forehead with a cold cloth, additional anti-oxidants, epsom salt baths, natural anti-virals and immune modulators for low grade fevers. Previously, should my girls’ fever spike up to 38.4 degrees Celsius and above, I will resort to Panadol. For very high fevers, we had to use Voltaren suppositories. However, for some children who do not respond to natural treatments, paracetamol or ibuprofen due to certain medical conditions, it is a very scary time indeed when their children’s fevers spike up to 40 degrees Celsius and they can’t do anything about it.
I find Children’s Fever Complex extremely effective. It is a homeopathic remedy recommended by my homeopath from Homeopathy Plus! in Australia. When my girls had low-grade fevers, I gave a dose and the fever subsided within 15 minutes and didn’t recur. Since I’ve used this, we have never experienced high fever. However, it should be interesting to see if it will work for high fever. Unlike allopathic medicine such as Panadol which seeks to suppress the fever or symptoms, homeopathy encourages the body to heal itself naturally. You can purchase Children’s Fever Complex online at http://www.homeopathyplus.com.au
There are many cold and flu homeopathic remedies on the market. I have tried several brands and Umcka’s Cold Remedy is my current favourite. It shortens the duration and reduced the symptoms for cough, congestion, sore throat and other cold symptoms. This is my favourite for it’s effectiveness on myself and my girls. Do take note that some homepathic remedies are in an alcohol base. This may not be suitable for some Muslims, however many pharmaceutical and prescription medicine contains alcohol too. I was concerned about the taste as an alcohol based homeopathic remedy do have a strong taste. Umcka’s is alcohol-free drops in a mild, pleasant tasting liquid.
However, you may find that your child and different symptoms will require a different remedy. You can find many cold and flu remedies from http://www.iherb.com. Oscillococcinum is a favourite remedy for a friend of mine. This is her first line of defense for colds and flu. She will give it to her child at the first symptoms of flu with good results. I was not able to give it to my girls as they are non-liquid. Instead they are quick-dissolving pellets. They are teeny-tiny little pellets smaller than a sago pearl. A dose is meant to be dissolved in the mouth, something that my girls refused to do. However, with children who are compliant, this may be a good alternative.
Bach Rescue Remedy acts as a natural stress relief, many parents use it for themselves or their children when traumatised, upset or stressed out. Bach Flower Essences are natural and can work in conjunction with herbs, homeopathy and medications. There are different types of Rescue Remedy- spray, cream or drops. However I was only able to get the drops and not the cream as I referred. I put several drops into a small amount of water but my girls rejected the taste. So I put several drops on my girl’s wrists and rubbed it in. I’m not sure if it works or just a placebo effect, but now whenever the girls upset, stressed or having a tantrum, I rub some on their wrists. Now, whenever May is feeling overwhelmed, emotional or stressed out, she actually asks me to get her the Rescue Remedy.
You can purchase it online at http://www.iherb.com or at Body Basics in Bangsar Shopping Centre. Body Basics also carries an entire range of Bach’s Flower Essences. Please read more on Bach Flower Essences at http://www.bachflower.com/Rescue_Remedy.htm