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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 waiting
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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