Touch for Health
Antibiotics can cause later dangers
June 5, 2004
Antibiotic in Children Dangerous
-- Warnings and suggestions
-- Using TFHK is complementary to watching and waiting
"Each course of antibiotics given to a child can make future infections
more difficult to treat. The result is an increase in the use of a larger
range of - and generally more expensive - antibiotics. In addition,
the benefit of antibiotics for AOM is small, on average, and must be
balanced against potential harm of therapy. About 15 percent of children
who take antibiotics suffer from diarrhea or vomiting and up to 5 percent
have allergic reactions, which can be serious or life-threatening.
The average preschooler carries around 1 to 2 pounds
of bacteria - about 5 percent of his or her body weight. These bacteria
have 3.5 billion years of experience in resisting and surviving environmental
challenges. Resistant bacteria in a child can be passed to siblings,
other family members, neighbors, and peers in group-care or school settings."
This from a report by Claudia Anrig, DC who is quoting the The American
Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians
recent new guidelines regarding acute otitis media (AOM) and antibiotics,
in Dynamic Chiropractic - June 3, 2004, Volume 22, Issue 12.
Warnings and suggestions
Dr. Anrig is alerting chiropractors to these new
guidelines that among other things say that "...clinicians take
an active role in preventing AOM. A few suggestions include: altering
child care center attendance; breastfeeding for the first six months;
avoiding supine bottle-feeding (bottle-propping); reducing or eliminating
pacifier use in the second six months of life; and eliminating exposure
to passive smoke.
She goes on to say that the report by the pediatrician
MDs says So - What Should the Doctor Order? "Wait and watch for
the first 24 to 72 hours. Sixty percent of all children will be better
within a 24-hour period; 80 percent to 90 percent of children will be
over the worst within a few days. The only recommendation to parents
should be the use of acetaminophen and ibuprofen for pain management."
Using TFHK is complementary to watching and
Our experience in using TFHK with children with ear
pain is good. Many times using surrogate testing and balancing the meridian
energy during this waiting and watching period gives the child and the
parents confidence in their own innate healing abilities.
We recommend following the The American Academy
of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians guidelines
to avoid early use of antibiotics so that the natural immunity is developed.
More and more studies are showing that children are healthier later
in life if they are allowed exposure to the natural environment and
develop their own immune systems.
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