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What made me to write on this topic?
“My kids frequently catch colds”; “My kids frequently fall sick and lose weight”; “My kids are allergic and get frequent coughs”;”My kids have frequent loose motions”; “My kids cant tolerant any change in weather”; “My kids cant tolerate outside food at all”.
If you too, have such concerns, this post will definitely prove helpful for you to find answers to all your queries about your child’s immunity.
In my personal experience, I have lots of parents coming to and asking to give medicine “to just boost their child’s immunity”. This is correct and apt for any parent. But, there’s something more to it!!
This article will make will not only make you aware of your child’s immunity but also explain how it works.
What does “boosting up the immunity” actually mean? Do we really need to do so? How does homeopathy help in “building up or boosting” the immunity?
1. What does immunity mean?
Imagine, its a rainy evening and you have some tongue tickling pani puri on the roadside.
Upon reaching home, you start feeling bloated and nauseated. After some time you might experience loose motion and might throw up. The Mercury level on the thermometer starts rising and leaves you alarmed!
You immediately pop up common pills for fever and vomit and might even resort to antibiotics for getting rid of these foreign invaders.Your Doctor might diagnose the condition as Gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines ).
But, have you ever pondered on what really made your body to react in this way? It’s your body’s immune system which declares and fights a war against the foreign invader.
This is what actually happens…
Your pani puri was contaminated by some infection agents. These get attached to the mucusal layers of your stomach and intestines.Your body recognizes these infection agents as foreign and tries to throw them out immediately or kill them.This is brought about by producing an inflammatory reaction around the affected part. Inflammation is a war between the infection agents and the body immune system.
The immune system is activated so that the body can get rid of the infection agents and maintain its integrity and harmony.Once the immune system gets activated, there are a number of substances that get released into the blood stream and at the site of infection.These substances released as a result of inflammation are responsible for the fever and the other distressing symptoms like body ache, headache, dullness, loss of appetite, weakness, apathy etc. Also, the lymph nodes or tonsils enlarge , which is again a sign that your body’s immune system is activated.The loose motions and the vomiting are an attempt by your body to thrown out the infection agents immediately through motions and vomitus. The rise in temperature is an attempt to kill the foreign invaders as they cannot thrive in higher temperatures.
Name any infection, may it be respiratory tract or urinary tract or skin; it is your body’s defenses that are working to get rid of the foreign invaders.In a nut shell, infection causes inflammatory changes. Inflammation gives rise to all the distressing symptoms for which you basically seek immediate treatment.
INFLAMMATION IS YOUR BODY’S INTELLIGENCE; DEFENSE MECHANISM.
INFLAMMATION HELPS YOUR BODY GET RID OF THE FOREIGN INVADERS.
INFLAMMATION HELPS YOUR BODY TO RECOVER TO NORMALCY IMMEDIATELY.
2. Is inflammation, a friend or foe?
Without inflammation, your body can’t fight the infection.
In inflammation, there is redness, swelling, heat, pain, some change in sensation of your inflamed part; resulting in its impaired functioning. If these changes are seen in your body, its indicative of your immune system in action; which means your body is capable enough to fight away the foreign invaders.
3. Do you need to take treatment for any inflammation?
Your active immune system produces some distressing symptoms like fever, pain, loss of appetite, malaise, apathy etc. If your body is reacting ( immunity) to get rid of the foreign invaders, then why do you need to interfere ?? But, due to this lack of knowledge, you land up trying to get rid of these symptoms (those produced by your active immune system) using different medicines for immediate relief.
-You use paracetamol for bringing down the temperature (whereas our body produces this symptom as bacteria and viruses cannot thrive in such high temperatures).
-You use pain killers to reduce the pain (whereas your body produces pain, so that you rest the inflamed part to help it heal quickly ).
-You use steroids to reduce the inflammation ( Where as your immune system produces inflammation as a major defense).
-You use antibiotics to kill the bacteria (which your body is capable of doing ).
-You use medicines to reduce or stop any discharges like loose stools or nasal Mucus or expectoration ( which actually helps to drive out the infection agent quickly and hence is a way of detoxification for your body).
We opt for treatment as we feel the infection agent is the culprit and it is causing all these symptoms in the body whereas these symptoms are helpful mechanisms of the body to get rid of the infection agents.
4. What happens to your immune system when you take such medicines multiple times?
First time when you take medicines to counter the inflammatory changes, the symptoms disappear and you instantly start feeling better.Next time your body chooses the same route or another route to try throwing out the infection agents.
For example, first few times you would consume medicines every time you would get a cold. Next time, your immune system chooses anther route to throw off the toxins and infection agents; may be urinary route or gastric route. Simple colds may get deeper and deeper and develop into asthma. Again, you take medicines to counter these. Sometimes, you may even opt for simple surgical procedures to clear up such things ( for ex:. surgical removal of tonsils in cases of recurrent tonsillitis)
By doing this you are forcing your body to chose different routes for the throwing away the debris. Initially, your body chooses all superficial systems like skin or nose or throat or stomach or intestines for this purpose .You start opposing this action of your immune system and thus pave a way for it to chose deeper organs and systems for this purpose like your heart, circulation, brain or even deeper and graver pathologies of all the organs like hypertension, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, or even cancers. This is also known as SUPPRESSION in other words.
By doing this you are indicating your immune system not to fight a war. This is against the intelligence of your immune system. Finally your immune system gets confused and starts treating your own body cells as foreign. This results in further more complex disease like autoimmune diseases like HIV, Rheumatoid arthritis, Diabetes etc.
This is how we pave a pathway for more and more complex diseases.
5. When we say, a child has a good immune power, what does it mean?
A child with a good immune system, does not fall prey to infections very easily and even if he does, his immune system is capable of fighting the infection without any medicinal assistance.
As a result, he immediately comes up with symptoms of infection and is diagnosed easily and immediately.
He has enough energy to cope up with the infections, hence remains active even during illness.
6. When we say a child has hypersensitive immune system, what does it mean?
A child with a hypersensitive immune system catches the infections very often, from very trifling causes. His immune system reacts to harmless antigens or environmental changes.
7. When we say a child has a low immunity, what does it mean?
This means, his immune system is not able to fight the infection adequately, and hence needs medicinal assistance. He is hardly able to produce any signs of infection and hence by the time we diagnose and treat him, the infection reaches the deeper levels. His entire energy is always used up for coping up these infections, hence leaving the child weak and frail.
8. So, when do we need to really boost up your child’s immunity?
If the doctor says that your child is having a hypersensitive immune system or a lower immunity, you need to take treatment for boosting up his immunity.
9. How does homeopathy help in boosting up your immunity?
Homeopathic medicine acts by stimulating your immune system to fight the infection. It doesn’t target the infection agent, neither the symptoms of inflammation. It just gives a kick-start to your immune system to activate immune cells and ward off the infection. Nothing goes against your body’s intelligence. Also, the homeopathic medicine removes the hypersensitivity of your immune system to any allergens, any environmental changes; that your immune system is sensitive to. So that, next time you are exposed to it, your immune system does not react. Homeopathic medicine gradually brings down the intensity and the frequency of the attacks, finally leading to cure.
Homeopathy helps in other extreme conditions of the immune system wherein; either your immune system fails to recognise the disease causing agents and doesn’t react at all ( immuno compromised states as in HIV); or conditions wherein your immune system starts considering your own body cells as foreign and starts reacting against them ( auto immunity as in Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes)
In these cases , homeopathic medicine modulates your immune system, without suppressing it.
10. How can one help to boost your child’s immunity naturally?
- Natural foods which are high in vitamin C.
- Drinking ample amounts of water.
- Ample amount of exercise.
- Lots of good foods.
Even though medicines are always there; PREVENTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN CURE!! Resorting to natural ways of boosting up immunity is all the more important; except in children in whose genes (parental inheritance) play a major role in their suffering!!
NOTE: KidEngage encourages a holistic view of medicine, but does not recommend any specific medicinal practice. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Readers are advised to take the articles as parenting information only.