The health and hygiene of our children is also a topic that she talks about. She recommends using soaps and shampoos that have no dyes and un natural fragrances. I'm totally into that because eczema runs in my family. She also recommends opening up the windows and using a nebulizing diffusers to allow essential oils to enter the room. This is great for things like colds and asthma. She recommends checking out Dr. Young's book Essential Oils Desk Reference. The nurses during our prenatal classes recommended using a humidifier because of our dry climate. But she said we should clean it daily to prevent mold growth. She suggested also using eucalyptus to help prevent mold and I asked her about tea tree oil which she said was also good.
The author comes up with natural remedies and ways to prevent common childhood illness. She lists several of her favorite alternatives to things like Tylenol. One major one she mentions is by a manufacturer called Boiron. She also recommends chamomile tea and noni juice. I've also heard salt is great for thinks like nasal congestion and sore throat. She also recommends using garlic oil or peroxide for ear infections and pain. She warns against the overuse of antibiotics (something that many doctors are now trying to reduce prescribing) and the overuse of cleaning products like bleach that kill good bacteria as well as bad. These things don't help our bodies learn how to fight off exposure to bacteria. Probiotics are becoming a better way to stave off illness. It's also great for colon health.
She also warns against using traditional lice-removal products. She suggests those fancy combs that zap the bugs and trying home remedies to remove the bugs from our children's hair. She also says to rosemary, ylang-ylang, and lemon are great for repelling lice. Lemongrass is also good for repelling mosquitoes.
Then she goes into the most controversial of all topics: vaccines. I won't go into a ton of details because like I said it's controversial. But she says that in 1983 children received 18 doses of vaccines. Now we have 50. She does not advocate not having vaccines but rather being more informed. Many vaccines have aluminum, antibiotics, egg, formaldehyde, MSG, and thirmerosal (mercury) as preservatives. She suggests asking to see what the ingredients of the vaccine are and asking for a preservative free version. (Makes since because they gave me preservative free flu shots because of being preggo, but I noticed they don't do the same for children). She also says instead of going to have 5 shots at once to insist that you stagger the shots and get one vaccine a month. It easier for a child to build up immunities and you can tell if they have had an adverse reaction. And she says that you should evaluate the risk of catching the disease vs. the risk of a reaction to the shot. Things like chicken pox aren't nearly as deadly. She also says to have your child tested for titers rather than agreeing to a boaster. Titers show whether a child has built up an immunity or not. I think that this is all sound advice which I'm sure I'm going to go over with the doctor when it comes to vaccines. Which apparently is now at birth. They give you a vaccine to Hepatitis B, which they didn't have when I was a child. HepB is disease that affects the liver that can only be contracted through blood and other body fluids. So unless you plan on taking your newborn out into the wide world, there's no reason for the vaccine to be given early. Although you will eventually want to get the vaccine because it can be acute or cause chronic inflammation of the liver.
She recommends this regiment.
Starting at two months with one vaccine per month:
Pneumonococcal vaccine (Prevhar)
Haemophilus influenzae B (Hib)
Takes three vaccines of each, Takes nine months, will be completed by age one
Three for polio
Three for Hepatitus B (one at a time)
And Varicella vaccine (one)
Check for titers of all antibodies at four and five years of age