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Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear L

Thank you for your question. In a baby this young I would recommend seeking a consultation so that the practitioner can examine the baby and ascertain where the specific problem lies. In the interim I would recommend continuing with the saline drops but I would consider adding some Tea Tree oil to her humidifier. A method I prefer especially for kids is to simply use a bowl of hot water with a couple of drops of the oil in it. Hold the child over the rising steam with a towel over their heads. This is more direct and more faster than a room humidifier.

The first supplement/medicine I would recommend would be a good broad spectrum probiotic. This often proves to be enough of an immune stimulus to assist the baby to overcome the infection she is current;y dealing with. Any probiotic from the fridge section of your health shop will suffice - empty the capsule into her first bottle of the day for at least a month.

If she develops a fever that refuses to come down despite lukewarm washing and paracetamol syrup, or if she stops feeding or seems less conscious I would strongly recommend taking her through to your paediatrician, GP pr emergency room for a consult immediately.

Many thanks and warm regards


Megan (dr.) Jones Homeopath View profile

This is a very fundamental time of your child’s life for immune system development. It is important to offer supportive treatment at this stage, to aid healthy development of the natural immune response, to aid in lifelong disease-fighting ability.

When children start attending creche they are moving from a relatively isolated germ environment to one teeming with germs and infections, with repeat exposure. Thus we can’t treat with antibiotics for each infection, we must rather strengthen the child’s ability to fight off these infections themselves.

I recommend a daily immune booster such as Zinplex syrup or Propoltot, to be taken for a period of time. When the child does acquire an infection I suggest visiting a Homoeopath or other health professional. Alternatively, especially at the beginning stages, there are numerous over the counter products available for colds, flu, coughs and mucous, from Natura (Gripless, Pentagen) or Pegasus (Cold & flu, Mucodrainol).

Homoeopathic treatment strengthens the child’s constitution and is very effective and fast-acting for acute conditions such as colds & flu, ear infections, tonsillitis etc. It must also be stated that there is a time and place for antibiotics and an alternative health professional will refer to a GP in such cases.

Warm regards,

Dr. Megan Jones, Registered Homoeopath
Reena Sukdev Homeopath View profile

I would recommend Pegasus Bronchial Relief and Pegasus Mucodrainal. These are safe,very effective formulas. Baby can have this every 1-2 hours. If the pillules are too large, you can crush it to a powder form before administering. At any point should his breathing or symptoms become worse, please visit your GP for a further check-up.

Regards Reena (Homoeopath, Cavendish Store)

Reena Sukdev Homeopath View profile

Your daughters position is not upright at night, preventing mucous from draining, resulting in a blocked nose. I would recommend using Dr Reckeweg Pulsatilla Compositum Nasal Spray. Use 1 pump stroke 2-3 x daily. This will cause your child to sneeze a little, but will help to unblock nose. You can also run a humidifier at night with a few drops of Eucalyptus oil added. I would recommend getting some Elderberry and Echinacea from our Natural dispensary. Oscillococcinum is an effective homeopathic formula to alleviate cold and flu symptoms.

Regards Reena (Resident Homeopath, Cavendish)

Reena Sukdev Homeopath View profile

Homeopathic medicine is safe to use for babies and in conjunction with antibiotics. Regards Reena (Cavendish Homeopath)

Chase (dr.) Webber Naturopath View profile

Biostrath has a lot of good studies that back up their claims to assisting the immune system and general health of children. I would also recommend that you consult with a naturopath in your area to look deeper into your daughter’s nutrition etc and make some personal recommendations. best regards Dr Chase Webber ND

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