don't let your child get
Without enough fluids a child is
not healthy and dehydration can quickly occur.
children are pale, and listless. They do not pass urine frequently,
and when they do it is much more concentrated than it should be
(observe the colour). The eyes of a dehydrated child are often
sunken; also the child may act irritably, and be very tired. All
these are common symptoms of dehydration.
Children should be drinking at least 8
six ounce glasses per day to stay hydrated and to prevent
dehydration. Children often are shy water drinkers and need to be
offered water regularly. If parents wait for the child to ask for
drink dehydration becomes a risk. Parents need to make sure a drink
is always available. Keep a plastic cup/ beaker/ bottle of fresh
water at your child's spot at the table at all times. They'll take
drinks from it often. Refill it several times per day. Keep a metal
note on how many cups they've consumed so that you can make sure
that their fluid needs are being met.
The fluids that are not going to help
hydrate your child are the ones like soda and iced tea. Anything
that contains a lot of sugar or caffeine will not hydrate, but
rather help to dehydrate your child. Kids really shouldn't be served
these anyway. Hydrating sports drinks are also not the way to go for
little ones. The American Academy of Pediatrics. says that they are
particularly unhealthy for children due to the risks associated with
caffeine and/or other stimulants including carbs, minerals,
electrolytes, flavoring, and calories. No the safest thing for
children to drink is water The more kids learn to like the taste of
water the better it is for them,
Protect your children from
Environmental dissemination of
1. Strep (Sore) Throat
Although streptococcal infection is often
thought of as a school related illness because it is so easily
transmitted by respiratory tract secretions it is also widely
experienced during the holiday season.
Sudden severe sore
throat without a cold or runny nose, throat pain or difficulty
swallowing, inflammation and swollen tonsils, fever over 101 F,
Symptoms appear suddenly after exposure to cold
Apis - Inflamed
and swollen tonsils relieved by iced drink.
Belladonna - Red,
scarlet inflamed tonsils with tickle and high fever.
- When there is a sensation of a splinter in the throat.
- Worse on the left side
Lycopodium - Worse on the right
Mercury - Copious saliva, frequent swallowing, pillow wet,
2. Otitis externa (Swimmer's ear)
This is not your typical ear infection
(middle ear infection) that follows a cold, but the one that we see
during swim season. Swimmers ear is an inflammation of the outer ear
where the ear becomes red, swollen, itchy, and very painful.
Bacteria are the typical culprits but factors that predispose a
child include swimming as well as heat and humidity. What happens is
the skin of the outer ear becomes macerated and scratching the ear
will allow bacteria to infect.
Aconite - Sudden
onset after exposure to water with fever.
Belladonna - Sudden
onset, flushed appearance, throbbing headache
Associated with teething
Hepar sulphuris - Better from warm
Mercurius - Blackish discharge from ear, severe
Pulsatilla - Worse from heat, greenish ear
3. Enteroviral Infections
Although 62 infectious non polio
enteroviral infections have been identified in the main this group
of viruses give rise to two distinct symptom typologies
3/1. Fever (high
& rapid onset)
The main characteristic is a
rapid onset fever with accompanying symptoms of respiratory and/or
gastrointestinal conditions, flu-like symptoms, fever, headache,
joint pain, body rash, cognitive dysfunction and perhaps heart pain
Aconite - Acute,
sudden onset of fever after exposure to cold wind or hot
Bowel Nosodes - For gastrointestinal tract support.
Belladonna - Sudden onset with flushed, shocked appearance.
Phosphorus - With respiratory affectations.
Clinginess with absence of thirst
Stramonium - Patient requires
company, aversion to water.
Rhus tox - In cases where there is a
3/2. Hand, Foot & Mouth (HFM)
The main characteristic is a blistering
of the hand, foot and mouth with accompanying symptoms of high
fever, sore throat, headache, muscle fatigue, abdominal discomfort
Arsenicum album -
Patient exhausted and very restless
Graphitis - Eruptions
discharging and skin wet and moist
Natrum muriaticum - Craving
for salt, aversion to bread, worse in sunlight
Rhus tox - Better
Sulphur - Worse for heat.
A combination of dry summer heat and
seasonal chemicals (swimming pool additives, body lotions,
antiperspirants, deodourants, sun creams, nanothechnical products)
often result in eczema symptoms with lots of itching and inflamed
Arsenicum album -
Burning, itchy, dry, scaly, worse for heat,
Graphitis - Discharging wet, moist skin
- Dry, leathery cracked, itchy skin
Sulphur - Dry ichy, burning,
dirty appearance, worse for heat