The familiar rant of antibiotic abuse continues, nonetheless, parents like me continue to count on antibiotics to help remedy infection because we are not aware of the alternatives. Problems occur when the antibiotics are not completely finished or too much prescription is used in a short period of time. For anyone, havoc can occur with overuse and misuse of these sorts of medicines.
Going to the doctor’s office or ER is a regular thing for my kids. Most of the time it’s for some kind of fever, and upper respiratory discomfort. The diagnosis is usually made by a doctor’s quick look into the ears and mouth. Antibiotics and meds are then prescribed with the assumption that a bacterial infection has ensued. Parent, as in me, agrees just to see if it would make a whole lot of difference. In observation, I can’t really tell if it’s the antibiotic at work or the flu or cold virus passing down.
Most antibiotics are made to take care of bacterial infections, but not viral. There are medications out there that can cut the time period of flu viral activity such as Tamiflu, but you’d have to request a prescription for it.
Children in particular have tender immune systems. One of the first lines of defense is the digestive system. The microflora in the gut is a potent mix of bacteria that have balanced populations. Any disturbance can throw off the delicate proportions and wreak havoc not only in the digestive track, but immune system as a whole. As a result most suffer from digestive disorders and severe allergies soon after finishing a round of antibiotics.
Children taking antibiotics have stomach disturbances soon after. It’s almost as though their going through some kind of stomach bug especially, after eating their favorite foods such as macaroni and cheese or pizza, which contains dairy products. The helpful lactobacillus that digests milk sugars have been reduced or completely obliterated. Allergies and hives begin to develop if not even more so because some of the immune protective organisms have been destroyed. The remedy, give them foods with probiotics such as yogurt. Eat light foods and avoid dairy for a while and slowly add them into diet. With daily ingestion of probiotics, a good balance of organisms should develop.
A common ailment that women suffer from is urinary tract infection and yeast infection. The cycle begins with a prescription of antibiotics such as penicillin or omnicef which wipes out bacterial population while allowing larger organisms, such as candida or yeast more room to infiltrate. With prolonged use of such medicines, a yeast infection is almost sure to follow. The remedy, drink lots of water and cranberry juice to get minor urinary tract infection under control. Probiotics should be taken to establish microflora balance.
Ultimately, antibiotics have their place in medicine, but should not be prescribed non-chalantly especially for minor infections. Also, the assumption that every infection is bacterial is false since a virus infection may just need to finish it’s course. The best remedies are natural. Antioxidant rich foods such as cranberries, blueberries and acai have been found to help the body fight infection. Get lot’s of rest and avoid stressful environments. To get the immune system and digestive system back in shape look into adding probiotics into your diet.