Our children went back to school and brought home viruses. We have had enough sniffles, sneezes, runny noses, and earaches to fulfill our annual quota. Now Mommy has pink eye (otherwise known as conjunctivitis). Thanks kids.
Several years ago I learned that pink eye can arrive from multiple reasons. One is bacterial, which isn’t the most common, but does require antibiotics the majority of the time. A much more frequent cause is a virus. That’s right, that cold settles into your eye(s). This can easily be treated at home or just waited out. If you are like me, the discomfort requires attention.
I always have a bottle of Similasan Homeopathic Pink Eye Relief on hand. This morning I woke to crusty, itchy and red eyes. I promptly washed my eyes with a warm washcloth and water and placed a couple drops in each eye. I repeated the drop application several times today and am glad to report I am nearly cleared up.
Rumor has it that a few drops of breastmilk in the irritated eye several times a day will do the trick as well. Unfortunately for me, my breastfeeding days are behind me and I didn’t have any on hand. The other home remedies I have come across such as lemon juice and salt just sound too painful.
Similasan also makes earache relief and sinus relief (among other treatments). The rule in our house is to give an ear infection 72 hours before treating with antibiotics. We get through those first three days by using earache relief drops and pain reliever in addition to heating pads and warmed natural oils on organic cotton balls.
In addition to colds, flus, and stomach viruses, your child may be the lucky recipient of HEAD LICE. Don’t fret too much, it happens to most of us at some point. As a preventative, use a tea tree shampoo weekly.
We are taking a proactive approach to health this school year. We all take our vitamins and I am loading the kiddos on vitamin C (since it is a water soluble vitamin they can’t overdose). Kids at high risk (those with asthma, allergies, suppressed immune systems) should get a flu vaccine. If you do opt for a flu vaccine, request the mercury free version. My healthy kids do not receive the vaccine, but my younger two do (last year we had THREE rounds of pneumonia, so I feel this is a time when the benefits outweigh the risks). The younger two children have a series of health issues that compromise their bodies ability to fight off illness (Celiac, Asthma, severe allergies).
Be well. Wait before taking antibiotics in all reasonable cases. Be proactive. Take your vitamins. Use preventative measures. When you do get sick (or infected) opt for natural remedies.
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