Keeping Children Well

by Kelly Dorfman. M.S., Co-founder of DDR

My daughter’s friend came to spend the week-end. Afterwards, she told her mom she wanted to take vitamins like Tory because, "she never gets sick". In truth, our family rarely gets what is "going around" because we have an effective natural medicine cabinet. At first sign of illness, we reach for immune support.

In low verbal children, the first signs of illness can be hard to recognize. Sudden changes in behavior (increased aggression or self injurious behavior) are often the initial and sometimes only symptom of sickness or allergies. Nervous system regulation trouble can distort the expected symptoms of bacteria and virus infestations, such as fever or fatigue. If a patient in a nursing home suddenly becomes aggressive, the staff know immediately to look for a urinary tract infection. The behavior, not pain or fever, is the tip-off.

Yeast symptoms also signal pending illness. Remember, yeast thrive when the immune system is weakened. Bad breath (from yeast fermenting carbohydrate) and bowel changes from swelling yeast populations can precede illness.

Other symptoms to notice: changes in sleep patterns; grabbing or rubbing the stomach; fingers in ears, nose or eyes; screaming; hands down pants; picking at self.

Before initial symptoms become sickness, consider supplements that boost immune functioning. Below are some general suggestions, not meant to substitute for appropriate medical treatment. See a professional for specific questions about individual children.




Keep these supports on hand. As one father said, "We don‘t get colds any more since we discovered that Chinese stuff". While the cold and flu cannot be cured, they can be prevented. For more information: Superimmunity for Kids : What to Feed Your Children to Keep Them Healthy Now, and Prevent Disease in Their FutureSuperimmunity for Kids by Leo Galland and Smart Medicine for a Healthier ChildSmart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Zand, Walton, & Rountree.

[Initially published in New Developments: Volume 7, Number 3 - Spring, 2002]

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