Your heart breaks for your precious little one. The wheezing cough, runny nose, fever and tummy ache is making life miserable. And not just for your child. You’re not able to sleep either. But you have to wake up early to go to work.
When it comes to making your little one feel better fast, do herbal remedies for kids work?
In fact, pediatrics within traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practiced for at least 2,000 years. [SOURCE]
And not only are they effective, they are very safe and may work very quickly.
For fast, safe and effective relief of the most common ailments kids experience, we have several options that kids may take (of course, with adult supervision).
But first, maybe you’re wondering the following:
Why Does My Child Get Sick So Often?
From a TCM perspective, the main reason why kids get sick more often than adults, in general, is that their Lungs and Spleen organ systems are still developing, and, hence, inherently weak.
Lungs and Spleen primarily affect the digestive and immune systems.
Thus, it’s easy to see why kids are prone to coughing fits, colds and flu, and tummy upset.
TCM for kids is effective because it addresses the root causes of your child’s imbalance(s). Most often, these stem from phlegm in the lungs (respiratory ailments) or Spleen Qi deficiency (digestive disturbances), or both.
In comparison, antibiotics, according to TCM theory, are cold in nature. Therefore, they weaken an already relatively weak child’s Spleen.
Herbal remedies support your child’s developing and vulnerable organ systems.
TCM For Kids: Best Formulas
In our blog post discussing herbal remedies for cold and flu, author Steven Blackstone, a licensed acupuncturist with three decades of experience, asks:
“Do you have a child that is constantly coming down with strep throat?”
If so, as a preventative, Blackstone suggests using Jade Defender for 12 weeks at the recommended dosage. “Tablets may be crushed and added to warm water or mixed with food for those who have difficulty swallowing pills,” Blackstone advises.
Support Immunity Naturally
And if your child tends to develop sinus infections and respiratory infections associated with a cold, Cold Signoff may prevent those complications. It’s been proven that it can be taken as a preventative when exposure to conditions is imminent. For example during the cold and flu season at school. For young children, tablets can be easily crushed and mixed with food.
But if your young one already has a cold, ColdClear may help. A customer of ours from Phoenix says about this formula:
“My illness cleared up and when the rest of my family got sick over the cold and flu season, they used this to help and it sure did!! If Cold Signoff is too late to the party, give this ColdClear a try!”
Has a cold already progressed to the point where it’s causing intense coughing and wheezing? Does your child have white or clear phlegm? And shortness of breath? If so, Breathmooth can help your child breathe easier.
How about a cough with thick, yellow phlegm that is difficult to spit out? If so, FlemClear may offer relief.
If your young one has a dry cough try LungVigor.
Nasal congestion and stuffy nose with phlegm can make life miserable at any age. Nasopass isn’t just for adults, however … kids can take it, too.
Calm Your Stomach
As mentioned, a young child’s digestion is inherently weaker. If your child has a tendency to have indigestion and other digestive upsets, try SpleenVigor. It’s a famous Chinese medicine used for both removing food stagnation as well as strengthening the Spleen function.
For more serious digestive disturbances, EzDigest is suitable for young children. It can ease symptoms of indigestion, including diarrhea, vomiting, milk throw up, and loss of appetite.
And if you’re planning a family trip, say a cruise, take some Stomacare with you. It’s used for quick relief of acute gastrointestinal discomforts. In fact, this TCM for kids remedy is one you should always have on hand, in case your child (or anyone else in your family) gets nauseous or vomits.
TCM for Kids: What’s the best dosage?
We recommend consulting with an herbalist, acupuncturist or other TCM expert. A trained TCM professional will be able to recommend the proper formula and dosage.
A trained TCM professional will be able to recommend the proper formula and dosage
But is time of the essence? Is your child suffering? Is it night time and impossible to see a TCM expert? Try one of these formulas and reduce the adult dosage by one-quarter to one-half.
In general, the regular dose we recommend for our products are based on an adult weighing about 120 pounds. For your child, adjust the dosage accordingly. If, for instance, your child weighs 60 pounds, reduce the dosage by half.
TCM For Kids: An Alternative to Antibiotics
But maybe you’re still thinking about taking your child to the pediatrician?
Sure, the pediatrician is more than capable of helping your child feel better.
However, are you concerned about the over-prescribing of antibiotics? If so, you should be extra alarmed about their use in children.
On one hand, antibiotics are life-savers. Say you took your kid on vacation to a tropical country. And your child came home with chronic diarrhea caused by a bacterial infection. In this case, antibiotics would be a proper course of treatment.
In cases of serious complications, they are a marvel of modern medicine.
But on the other hand, children’s’ digestive systems are immature. Consequently, when antibiotics are prescribed for such things as colds and flu viruses, two things occur.
First, the antibiotics aren’t effective at killing viruses. Secondly, they kill the beneficial bacteria in the gut. The good bacteria is a critical building block of a child’s immune system.
Furthermore, some conventional cold and flu, respiratory and digestive medicines may cause negative side effects. Plus, they may also contain artificial ingredients. This includes food coloring agents. Artificial colors may contribute significantly to hyperactivity disorders in children, concludes this study.
For these reasons, an increasing number of parents are using TCM to help their children feel better—without compromising their developing immune systems.