Alternatives For Antibiotics In Children

Alternatives For Antibiotics In Children

Thanks for coming back. I’ve got a question here from a person, I
can’t really pronounce the name. It’s Somaya S-B-E-I-T-A, Sbeita, something
like that. And Somaya is asking, “Could you please address
building children’s immunity and gut health. Please give me some alternatives for antibiotics
for my children that will be great.” Okay. Well, as some of you may be aware, I’ve got
four kids, but they’re not kids anymore. They’re like big kids, in fact I’m the shrimp,
the little one at the moment, because they’re all tall. Did I give antibiotics when my children were
little? I never gave antibiotics. In fact, we never used antibiotics on the
kids, ever. Now, don’t feel bad if you’ve given antibiotics
to a child, it’s your choice. I was in a position where I didn’t have to
give antibiotics to children because I really didn’t think that they were necessary, and
my wife and I felt that we had the children’s immunity and their health well under control. And, we did that through dietary means, but
also through supplements and homeopathics, and various other means. We never had issues with our children’s health
and they’ve never had any issues with their health. We’ve never wanted them to go onto the drug
merry-go-round. We never wanted to start them on medications. I’ve been in this game too long to see so
many children start with antibiotics and then end up with all kinds of drugs. Literally, just ramped up over the years,
and I could run a practice full-time with probably 20 doctors full-time, just restoring
peoples’ gut, digestive systems, from antibiotic-induced damage. I could work 24/7 doing that. And probably have 20 doctors employed 24/7
doing that. There’s so much carnage out there with antibiotics. Antibiotics are necessary. I’m not, again, saying that people shouldn’t
take them. They’re absolutely vital and they save a lot
of lives, but they’re dramatically still over-prescribed. Too many children receive antibiotics for
trivial and small complaints. I’ve seen this routinely, in my clinic, not
just here in New Zealand, but I’ve seen it on patients from all around the world, because
I’ve dealt with–when I was practicing, I’ve dealt with parents, with children, the 40-50
countries, and it’s the same thing I’ve seen that’s just about every country, over-prescription
of antibiotics. So what happens when you give a little child
an antibiotic, do they recover? Well, they do in most cases, but if their
antibiotic is given concurrently, just again and again and again, there’s a slim chance
that that child will eventually become a very healthy adult. In years to come, it will be seen as one of
the biggest blunders in medical history, was giving antibiotics to such a wide population
base. Not just for humans, but even more so destructive
for animals to increase the amount of production. So, antibiotics have been used in the animal
chain now for, I don’t know, 50-plus years, and with humans the same. It’s carnage out there. So how do you build up a child’s health so
they don’t need antibiotics? Well, my opinion is you need to get a couple
of books and read up yourself and become a little bit more informed on what’s going to
help a child’s immune system. One of the biggest bugbears I have with parents
today is when the child comes in from play, is they wipe their hands down with these antiseptic
wipes all the time. Antiseptic wipes are used on kids constantly
now. When I was a kid, we were outside playing
with dog muk, we were rolling around in the dirt and the soil, throwing balls at each
other, chucking sticks, we had no computers or fancy toys or things to play with. My parents had no money at all, we played
outside in the dirt, and that’s how it was for a lot of kids, and it still is today. Did our immunity suffer? I don’t think so. In fact, now research has shown that when
the child is challenged with lots of bacteria, it has a powerful immune response, rather
than the other way around. So don’t think that all these wipes and creams
and potions are going to keep your little child safe, because they’re not. What are some basic things you can do to get
a child in a strong position? Well, it all comes down to the diet, essentially. The diet has to be good. But it’s not just the nutritional diet, it’s
also the emotional diet, it’s how you are with parents with their child at home. There’s a child in a loving environment, does
it have good caregivers, loving caregivers that are really kind to the child, that love
their child. This is a very important part of building
a good immunity, it’s not just about what kind of vegetable or meat do I eat. These are tangible things, a lot of intangible
things that bolster up a child’s immunity that people aren’t aware of, so that environment
needs to be right, in my opinion. The diet, of course, needs to be sound. Now you can read all about children’s diets
online, it’s no secret, it’s easy to feed a child the right kind of food. Start them young with all kinds of things. That’s my experience. My kids eat every kind of fruit and vegetable. The love avocados. A lot of children come to my house, they look
at avocados, blech, what’s that? I’ve never eaten that. So start them young with healthy food. Start them young eating raw stuff, steamed
stuff, cooked stuff, but all kinds of vegetables. That’s a key thing to do. Get your child to take a multivitamin. There are many good brands out there, and
this is going to help, to make sure that little gaps are filled, nutritional gaps. There could be a zinc deficiency, there could
be a manganese deficiency, a molybdenum deficiency. Small trace elements easily lacking from the
diet can affect growth and development of the child. So a multivitamin, and there are many good
ones on the market. So one multi a day is a good idea. Second supplement, fish oil, omega-3. A child, normally a small child, only needs
to take about 250 milligrams per day. We’re talking maybe a five-year-old or something
like that. But if you get a bit older, a bigger child,
500 to 1000 milligrams per day is not a problem. This will bolster many aspects of the immune
system, both the cell-mediated response and the humoral response. So the whole immune system will get jacked
up and fine-tuned and in a better position when a fish oil is taken, than when a fish
oil is not taken. Also, it will help improve the child’s cognition,
so their mental development will be improved with the fish oil as well. So there’s a couple of key things I’d like
you to consider, but one of the most important ones I should talk to you about is the probiotic. If you want a child’s immune system to be
great, if you want reduce the instance of allergies, if you want to increase the ability
to push away infectious disease, I recommend a probiotic. In fact, studies in New Zealand at Autauga
University, with children, have found remarkable, remarkable resilience against allergies when
children were put on probiotics versus children put on a placebo. So I recommend children, every child now under
seven, to take a probiotic, at least a couple of times per year, if not prolonged for two
or three months of the year. I think it’s a clever idea today for all the
chemicals that we use. Go to your health food shop, talk to the staff,
tell them you want a probiotic for a child, and you want a mixed-strain. Spend a bit of money, buy a good quality product,
and just give one capsule per day of that probiotic to that child. Or a bit of powder, you can mix it in a bit
of water or drink, and give that. So the multivitamin, the omega-3 fish oil,
and the probiotic. They are three good starting points. If the diet is good, and the emotional diet
is good, and the child is not exposed to lots of iPads and shooting games and things like
this, and there’s a lot of green time, outside time. I played with the kids every weekend, I’d
take them to the park. Poor Tracy would be at home breastfeeding
number three or four or whatever, and I’d be playing with the kids all the time. Play is important, but the environment, that
hame environment is the most powerful thing. If that’s good, the diet is good, and there’s
some basic supplementation, and you’re going to use natural medicines regularly like I
did, like for cuts and things like that. A bit of tea tree oil on a cut instead of,
again, an antibiotic, you’ve gone a long way to keeping that gut in that child in good
condition, which means that the child’s got a good foundation to grow into strong, healthy,
viable adult. And there you have it. Thanks for the question.

3 Replies to “Alternatives For Antibiotics In Children”

  1. Thank you so much for responding to my question. Luckily I have already adopted many of your tips, such as probiotics, vitamins and good diet. I will consider the tea tree and natural alternatives. Very interesting point about the emotional wellbeing of children, thanks a lot for this Dr.

    And don't worry about the name pronunciation hahha good try anyway 🙂

  2. Hi Eric! My teenage daughter has a pilonidal cyst that doesn't want to go away. She has been raised with wholesome, organic, natural food, made from scratch, low in carbs (except for veggies of course), probiotics and supplements, no processed food, only natural sugars that we try not to eat very often. Minimal use of medication throughout her life as well. She has been using tea tree oil, oregano oil and iodine to disinfect the area. I was thinking of getting her on the canxida supplements, would they help with the cyst? Also, I can't find the video where you explain how to use them, do they come with instructions? And finally, is there anything that you can suggest that will help with the pilonidal cyst? Thank you very much for this but also, all the informative videos you upload.

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