A few questions about antibiotics for children

I was contemplating on a lot of things as I was recovering from a bad bout of cold last week. Being a family that uses homeopathy and natural medicine during illness and also on a regular basis, I could not help but go back to the past when we were more towards allopathy for health care.


When we were using pharmaceutical drugs both prescription and over the counter, the most common for kids would be Tylenol and Advil for fevers , Benadryl and Claritin for allergies and Amoxicillin as an antibiotic for ear infections as prescribed by the doctor. Thankfully my second child did not go through this. He has never had to have antibiotics because he never got any ear infections. He would get fever from anything that is going around, but I didn’t have to give Tylenol or advil because I became more aware of how the body worked during illness.

A cycle of illness goes on like this: (more…)


Response to WA Post article about Vaccines

Recently a friend of mine shared an article written on Washington Post  a while ago about vaccines. This seems to be one of the popular articles that seems to be making rounds in the social media as well even though it is pretty old. As I read through the article, I realized that all the information presented in the article lacked in depth research. I am adding the information that everyone needs to know for each of the questions in the article above. These are my answers to the same questions in the article.

  • Why do kids have to get so many shots at once?

The response fails to inform the readers about the ingredients present in the vaccines but instead only talks about the benefits of the CDC designed vaccine schedule. The ingredients are listed in the CDC website and it is not just the virus or bacteria. Read the list of ingredients present in each vaccine here( http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf ).


  • Isn’t getting all these shots hard on the immune system of such young children?

Again a misleading response which builds on the first. The response misleads the readers to think that only the virus or     bacteria is present in the vaccines. This is not true. Still no mention of mercury, aluminum, MSG and several questionable ingredients. We don’t expose infants and children to the harmful substances present in the vaccines around our house. (more…)

How much do doctors know about vaccines?

We trust our doctors without question sometimes. It is understandable to do that because we assume that it is their job to be aware of everything in the field of medicine. I was someone who trusted doctors with my child. I accepted their suggestions without question. I would like to share something that happened in my first son’s life when he was 6 months old. Years later I discovered some information that has changed my trust in doctors. I still want to give them the benefit of the doubt because they are humans to like us and have the same 24hours in a day and too many things to do in their busy stressful lives as well.
Now to what happened when my son was 6 months old. We had planned to visit India so that the grandparents would see the baby. We had the tickets booked for us to visit in a month. The plan was that I would travel with the infant first and my husband would join me a month later.

Our regular pediatrician advised that we visit a travel clinic before we leave for the trip for travel advisory. As a mother I was excited to see my son making attempts to crawl at 6 months of age. We. visited the travel clinic and the doctor gave my son a flu shot and also the MMR. We as parents were told that it was better to give the shot than risk the disease overseas. Since we were naive new parents we didn’t know what questions to ask, and we approved the Flu and MMR shot. 3 weeks later when we were in India my son’s crawling attempts slowly turned into frog hops. (more…)