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Antibiotics don't prevent complications of kids' respiratory infections

Posted by Jane Jansen on

In the February 2014 “The Conchrane Library” a review found no evidence to support the practice of prescribing antibiotics for young children who have upper respiratory tract infections in order to prevent complications, such as ear infections and pneumonia.

Dr. Christian Coles, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of international health at the Johns Hopkins Blumberg School of Public Health says, “This study shows that the evidence just isn't there to support using antibiotics in children with these infections to prevent complications. Inappropriate use of antibiotics increases the risk of microbial resistance and wastes money.” Dr. Márcia G. Alves Galvão explains, "Most upper respiratory infections in children are mostly caused by viruses and typically run their course in 2-14 days."

 

We suggest in our Practice at the Tree of Life Wellness Center to give children Beta Glucan 3mg ½ to 1 capsule 1-2 x day to improve immune function. Also use homeopathic remedies for cold and flu and homeopathic cough syrup to decrease symptoms. Colloidal silver is particularly beneficial for viral infections. Take orally ½ tsp-1tsp every 2 hours and a couple of drops can also be put in the ears for ear infections.


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