How To Keep Your Infant from Catching the Flu

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Worship The Sun During The Fall and Winter

Influenza comes around in a cyclical pattern, usually as the days grow shorter and the sun does not shine as many hours as summer or spring. Our children don't spend a lot of time outdoors riding bicycles or playing in the sandbox. And, parents even reduce the number of hours taking little infants out in the stroller to breath the fresh air and take in the sunlight.

Sunshine A Vital Factor For Good Health

Our body makes vitamin D through a chemical and hormonal process with sunlight to build the immune system. Take special effort to go outside 20-30 minutes a day or longer. If the temperature drops, we bundle up baby and they don't get sun exposure. Think about sitting in a sunny window, rocking the baby and having some close bonding time while getting the sun rays.

The vitamin D dampens the body’s inflammatory response to infection, which leads to faster recovery and less damage to lungs. Make sure if you select a supplement it is vitamin D3.

  • PubMed study on Epidemic Influenza and Vitamin D Vitamin D dramatically stimulates the expression of potent anti-microbial peptides, which exist in neutrophils, monocytes, natural killer cells, and in epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract where they play a major role in protecting the lung from infection

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Breast Feed Babies

Breast Fed Babies receive their immunity from mother's milk. Therefore, if at all possible, provide this nourishment, instead of bottled formula.

As a mother, whatever you take in to your body will be received as nutrition for your growing infant. If you prepare healing soups with immune boosting herbs like garlic, onion, astragalus, basil and rosemary among others, then this warms your soul and provides immune boosting nutrition to the baby.

Keep dairy and meat products to a minimum as they stress the body, the bones, and produce an acid pH in the body. Rather, enjoy the benefits of green vegetables for a good portion of protein, a moderate amount of nuts with omega-3 oils, seeds to get your vitamins and fibrous fruits to keep the digestion flowing.

As a breast feeding mother, you will feel more energetic by drinking lots of fluids and will have a good supply of milk. Mother tincture of alfalfa will also help milk production. If its good enough for the cows, its good enough for us, too.

  • PubMed Breast Feeding and Infection Protection Breast feeding during the first 13 weeks of life confers protection against gastrointestinal illness that persists beyond the period of breast feeding itself. This good news means that the gut has developed an immune response, which effects the total health and all organs of the infant.
  • Breastfeeding Longer Offers Better Immunity A study asked parents of 2,277 children between 6 and 24 months questions about health and illness resistance. Babies fed only breast milk for the longest span of time — 6 months or more — were shown to have lower rates of pneumonia and ear infections.

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Restful Season

The world's biorhythm requires rest and dormancy during autumn and winter. When you feel the change in the air and the harvest full moon, we know it is time to take more chores indoors and get more sleep than in the active months of the year.

Make a habit of taking a nap when your little one takes his or hers. Leave the dishes for later, because they will be waiting no matter what happens. This will lessen your stress factor, an excellent way to boost your immune system and your child's.

Remaining calm, feeling that everything has its time and place will create an environment that reduces illness of all kinds. A child can 'feel' when pressures of the day cause anxiety and panic in people who are there to provide a feeling of security. By allowing your day to pass without too many things getting on your nerves, the baby will be less uptight and tense. The immune system will be less hyper vigilant to any fearful expression.

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Vaccinations

Get educated and read ALL the news about vaccines. I advise new mothers or even parents with many kids to start finding out the facts and statistics about the effectiveness of the annual flu shot. Who made it? You will want to read the box insert for a date. You will want to know if it was kept refrigerated. You will want to know whether your child gets a single dose or one of a multiple dose, since children receiving the last few doses in a bottle can have consequences from possible contamination or irregular amount of ingredients.

Want to learn more about vaccines? Watch the video listing all the ingredients and begin to question the wisdom of injecting that into the body. Anyone's body! And, remember your infant has not yet developed a strong immune system to withstand outside forces.

Think about the way God made the world and whether He would approve of by passing His natural system of obtaining immunity. There must be a reason we contract disease through contact with our mucus membranes and why our skin functions as our best protection. A puncture wound hurts more than just our nervous system, especially if a foreign agent gets into the bloodstream or muscle tissues and cells.

Lawrence Palevsky, MD, discusses the contents of vaccines and the lack of knowledge on the lasting impact of injecting these contents into the body. What's in the seasonal and swine flu vaccines?

  • Egg proteins: including avian contaminant viruses
  • Gelatin: known to cause allergic reactions and anaphylaxis are usually associated with sensitivity to egg or gelatin
  • Polysorbate 80 (Tween80™): can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis
  • Formaldehyde: known carcinogen
  • Triton X100: a strong detergent
  • Sucrose: table sugar
  • Resin: known to cause allergic reactions
  • Gentamycin: an antibiotic
  • Thimerosal: mercury is still in multidose vials

After dozens of children showed up in Australian hospitals with convulsions, vomiting and seizures following seasonal flu vaccines, the Australian government took the unprecedented step of banning the flu vaccine for children there.

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Bacteria shed from the intestine (some of which are colored purple here) make up much of human feces.
Bacteria shed from the intestine (some of which are colored purple here) make up much of human feces. | Source

Cleanliness versus Obsession

Sanitation has been one of the driving forces behind a reduction in disease. Wash little hands that touch everything. Wash toys when kids play. Wash teething rings. Washing your own hands before eating, feeding, handling foods, and after touching shopping carts and other items that have potential germs. Use common sense.

  • Out of the three types (A, B, C) of influenza viruses, type A strains have the most severe symptoms. The World Health Organization may label a contagious disease an epidemic or pandemic when it reaches certain proportions. The past two announcements of pandemic spread of influenza were all 'duds' meaning that they were not so virulent and did not reach actual epidemic proportions. Use critical thinking and determine if the disease is actual or imaginary based on messages of fear.
  • Check the CDC website for weekly updates on Influenza. The total number of influenza infections have run into the hundreds, which is not very many across the entire United States, considering that tuberculosis runs into the billions of cases. Allow the body to boost the system through the use of a natural fever to fight infection.

Obsessive behavior about washing constantly and a fearful attitude may raise both your stress level and the infant's anxiety. Be moderate on this account.

Using antibacterial soap will breed more resistant germs, bacteria, viral agents. Therefore, use regular soap, take a minute to wash and dry thoroughly. Instructional videos are available.

A little dirt may be good for you. We come into the world from dust and go to dust. In fact, if we don't have some dirt in our system we will be like the bubble boy who could not adjust to the outside environment.

To make this point even more strenuously, science is just learning these lessons. Check out the story on inserting fecal matter into the gut to re-establish good digestive flora. This new treatment cured a young person of C. difficile colitis disease.

Our digestive system handles many functions besides absorption of nutrients, processing of waste material and connecting to our brain function. Our metabolism center affects many other organ systems.


Homeopathy and Influenza

I have written extensively about using homeopathic remedies to combat flu symptoms. The same holds true for infants and babies. They will respond very quickly to a well chosen remedy. They have not had a life time of drugs, traumas, illnesses and stresses to their immune system. A few doses of homeopathic remedies, given either directly into the baby's mouth by water drop doses or via the milk when the mother takes the remedy will go a long way to boosting the immune system.

ACONITE - The first remedy given for coughs, colds that come on after a change of weather and when caught out in a cold wind.

GELSEMIUM - For anxious, trembling and even anticipation of catching the flu. Gelsemium calms the nerves and works rapidly

NUX VOMICA - Over sensitive, constipation, irritable, complaining, running discharge during the day and stuffy at night.

ARSENICUM ALBUM - Anxious, restless, wanting company, wanting only small sips to drink, diarrhea

EUPATORIUM - Bone pains.

CHINA - Complete exhaustion and weakness

A Short Story
One story illustrates how quickly homeopathy works for influenza symptoms when the selected remedy matches the patient's symptoms. Influenza can spread quickly throughout family members, a school or a community. So, if you have an infant at home, you can observe the kinds of symptoms in the other members of the household.

This person relates that he had a very dry throat that was sore where the palate meets the throat with itchiness of the palate especially at night/morning. He developed a severe nose cold with sinus kinds of pain at the root of nose and around the eyes, etc. He had a clear runny during the day, but stuffed at night and a slight headache. As the cold progressed, digestive rumbling and gas after eating became uncomfortable. After one dose of Nux vomica 30C, he was feeling much better, but the energy of that potency did not last long. The next dose was a 200C potency level and immediate relief from painful symptoms and discharge resulted.

Keep A Journal
Since an infant cannot speak, the parents must be very observant for fever and responsiveness the environmental factors, such as sweating, desiring covers, kicking them off, screaming, crying pitifully, inability to swallow and nurse due to congestion. Record the changes you notice, whether the symptoms come on quickly or slowly over a number of days. As a parent, you will be exhausted and strained from late nights caring for baby. Your thinking can get fuzzy. Write it down and that way you will remember more precisely the symptoms to tell your health care provider.

Genus Epidemicus
Each year homeopaths around the world gather information about the complex of disease symptoms to formulate which of the thousands of remedies work best for that season. Check in with the homeopathic community.

Oscillococcinum and Influenzinum act like prophylactic remedies against each flu season. These over the counter remedies have no side effects. It is best not to repeat remedies unnecessarily. Some practitioners recommend taking the Oscillo once a week or bi-monthly during the flu season.


About the Author

Debby Bruck believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future and provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach.

Debby hosts a BlogTalkRadio Show each week. One with Dr Aadil, cardiologist, where you may call in your health questions. Another, with Alan Phillips, attorney-at-law, who will answer your legal questions regarding vaccine waivers.


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Phil Plasma 3 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Great tips, especially now that the kids are back to school and in much closer proximity to each other than they were in the summer. I think not enough can be said about getting the right amount of sleep; of all that you've mentioned here I think that one is by far the most important for staying or getting healthy. Great hub, voted up, useful and interesting, and shared it.


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Well, thanks so very much, Phil. Appreciate the vote of confidence. There are probably a bunch more things we can do, like isolate the kids that are sneezing up a storm and coughing on everyone, to prevent spread of disease. And, don't forget that homemade penicillin - chicken soup, if you're not vegetarian.

The main focus here concerns preventing disease for those vulnerable infants. But, interestingly enough, I read that children below 6 months of age are less likely to catch the flu. Thereupon, the CDC says 6 months is the age to give the vaccine (note warnings above) and that because the effects don't last long, they also need a booster.

It seems to me that preparing your body for the months leading up to flu season would be the best preventative of all. And, if you have a full-spectrum lamp, use it during the winter months. Blessings, Debby


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Great information Debby, especially about the cleaning of the hands and toys etc, I have noticed that children who do this do tend to keep out the germs more often, and in fact I carry a handwash around with me at all times, of course it won't always work with an airborn virus but its amazing how much it does, and yes I remember reading about that fecal implant, I know it has the yuck factor but if it works then its brilliant, great hub and info, voted up! nell


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I found your article interesting and very informative. The flu season is upon us and it is time for the vaccine injection. Thank you for sharing.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Great information for young parents to have on keeping their little one from getting a nasty virus this flu season. I agree that a little germs is necessary for them to build immunity. Also, your suggestion to keep a journal is key. Wish I would have done this when my son was a baby. Voted up.


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Dear Friends, Nell, Exploring and Teaches ~ Happy that you had a chance to review this information while I was away today. If we get back to basics I think we can upgrade our own immune systems without resorting to drugs and injections. Let the body discover its own innate wisdom. Blessings, Debby


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Mama Kim 8 3 years ago

I especially like your views on the flu vaccine. My son is 3 years and daughter 9 months... neither has ever had a single cold or flu! They also have never had a flu vaccine and I'm certainly not going to start this year.

Voting this one a bunch!


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Dear Mama Kim ~ We have matching views. In this day and age, when the marketing vehicle all around us implores us to inoculate a manmade substance into a young child who has a healthy immune system, we question why? What indication do we have to interfere with the way this particular individual copes with life's stresses? Whatever you are doing for your little ones, it must be right for them, so far. Blessings, Debby


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Debby,

I am against the flu vaccine .

It angers me when I see ads using guilt to try and get people to get the flu vaccine for themselves as well as children.

Voted up and away

Have a good day. :)


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Hello Dear Sue ~ We all need to get together and shake up the system, waken the public, and get the facts to the people. Have you read about all the falsification in medical publications today? We can't take anything for face value. We must give it true value. Hugs, Debby


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Hello Debby,

couple of weeks ago my sister gave birth to a baby girl. Season is changing and the change of season also means sickness. My sister needs to be careful about diseases her daughter might catch especially during the winter.

I'm sharing this information with my sister.

Regards


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Dear Vinaya - Congratulations on the birth of little baby girl. Thanks so much for sharing. Check out the other Hubs about croup and homeopathy, and influenza. The possibilities for healing through proper nutrition and energy medicine can support your through life.

hugs, Debby


Janhorner 3 years ago

Hi Debbie I found this hub of interest because I have two young grandsons who appear to catch coughs all the time; I think that Alfie may have inherited asthma from his dad (my son). I have booked marked your page and when I have a bit more time in the week will study it further.

Excellent hub, loaded with useful information. Voted up,

Jan


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Hello Dear Jan - You may want to suggest finding a professional homeopath who knows the depth and breadth of homeopathy to remove the hereditary taint of lung weakness. It will be a journey to healing. Blessings, Debby


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azure_sky 3 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

Hi Debby!! Thanks so much for this informative hub! I am emailing the link to my daughter, as my grandson seems to always be sick, and with Winter knocking on our door, she will appreciate all of your advice! Thanks again!

Blessings from Texas


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Hello Dear Azure - Contact me if you need further information. Check out many of my other hubs on health, call in to my radio shows. Blessings for health. Debby

P.S. funky connection repeated same response below, so it was deleted.

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