Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Tis' the season...
Your child is hot, flushed and listless. She has both diarrhea and vomiting, a runny or congested nose and her bark sounds like your Saint Bernard.
“It’s this flu thing that’s been going around.”
These words reverberate through our clinic every day. Some people find solace in the fact that other children are also afflicted. There seems to be some kind of safety in numbers. We as a society have been taught that this child is sick. Absolutely! There is no question in our minds. The symptoms are “sickness” at its best. But wait.
Fever is actually a good thing. It’s the body’s way of “burning” the bug. It’s also the result of all the necessary body activities kicked into high gear to fight for survival. All this extra work produces extra heat— fever. It’s that simple. At the same time, however, this may have a harmful effect on the protein of the cornea; the eyes take on a glassy appearance, the result of being continually washed with tears to cool down the cornea, which is very heat sensitive.
In its wisdom, your child’s body may need to get rid of this germ really fast—diarrhea and vomiting. There isn’t a quicker way! This is good! It’s simply another portal of exit for the germs that have invaded her body. Breathing and respiration also increase. Your child literally exhales the invading organisms faster. You’ll notice that the skin is moist and clammy—simply another method of exit for the bugs.
At the same time, however, you notice that your child has no appetite. Even French fries, her all-time fave, gives her the heebie-jeebies. The reason is that her body energy is geared towards survival and is on emergency stand-by. There is no energy wasted for digesting food. There you have it—the logic behind the scenes.
In case you didn’t know, your nervous system, that amazing computer-Internet complex that runs you, is responsible for all this marvelous activity. It’s the system that causes your immune response to spring into action to protect you any way it can. This is not “sickness.” It’s an expression of health and vitality. It’s your body doing exactly what it needs to do, in order to regain health.
When your child is feeling like this, parents have the compulsion to intervene and interfere with cough suppressants, anti-fever medication and antibiotics. We have been carefully taught that a child needs these drugs to combat disease. Nonsense! Your child needs no interference.
There are a number of things you can do to help, however, while her body is cleaning out the germs.
- Have your child checked by a chiropractor to make certain her nervous system is functioning optimally so it can handle the sickness.
- High doses of vitamin C. For a young child, we recommend 1,000-2,000mg/day for a week. For adults, 5,000-7,000.
- Lots to drink. Water is best, but if your child won’t drink it, you can use diluted fruit juice.
- Lots of rest.
- Echinacea. It should be administered on an age-dependent basis.
- Congaplex available in chewable form or can be swallowed. Quickly relieves nasal congestion.
- A good multi-vitamin. Catalyn which is available in a chewable form can be purchased in our office from Standard Process.
In the event that your child is not improving on her own in a week, it means that her immune system is weak. Crisis care may be needed. See your chiropractor at once for more recommendations.