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Don’t ask me how much efforts I and my husband put when it comes to giving antibiotics to our son! He hates it. Last month, he got typhoid and giving him antibiotics was no less than “Lohe Ke Chane Chabana”. He used to give us nasty looks for forcefully giving him a spoonful of antibiotic medicine. Antibiotics are medicines prescribed to cure a range of bacterial infections. These medicines (pills/syrup) work either by killing the bacteria or stopping the bacteria from multiplying. But kids loath them.
I recently read about the origin of antibiotics and found that even before the discovery of Penicillin by Alexander Fleming, people were using Natural antibiotics. You guessed it right. We have certain food items that possess qualities to not just provide relief in infections, but also help prevent future episodes by boosting our immunity systems. Let me explain more how antibiotics work. In a healthy body, the natural immune system is able to fight bacteria with the help of the white blood cells. Once the body detects an infection, it naturally increases the production of White Blood Cells (WBCs) that fight the bacteria and help the body recover. Sometimes though when infection is too severe, the body might need outside help. And antibiotics provide this help.
When our kids fall sick, we immediately want relief for them. So we go to the doc as soon as possible and a few of the docs in a minute prescribe antibiotics. In some cases, parents go with self-medication. They give a known antibiotic to their kids. But most of the Pediatrics discourages self-medicating. And without understanding the reason of fever/infection, no one should prescribe antibiotics. As for viral infection, antibiotics don’t help. Synthetic antibiotics come with side effects also. It can cause vomiting and stomach issues. I guess most of us are aware of antibiotics resistance that we are approaching slowly. So it’s better to take benefits from Natural antibiotics.
Mix 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with one teaspoon of honey and your kid friendly antibiotic beverage is ready. It tastes like a candy and is extremely beneficial! Other than above few, ginger, turmeric and apple cider vinegar are commonly available natural antibiotics. Here is a cheat sheet of when to use which food item :
Mother Nature has given us various foods which are so rich and powerful in fighting sickness. We should look for natural remedies first especially for our kids. However, our main focus should be a balanced approach to health and wellness. This may need changes in our lifestyle but if we wish to keep kids healthy, introducing small habits like washing hands, eating good and physical exercises can make a big difference. I have already started my efforts for a healthy life ahead.
Stay healthy, stay happy!
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