Sore Throat Stoppers

By on January 25, 2016

Q.: Our five-year-old son gets a sore throat all the time. He gets antibiotics very often. Is there anything else we can do?

Yes, there are alternative ways to improve his immunity, for example, homeopathic medicine. The tonsils are a specialized lymph tissue located on either side of your throat, just behind and above your tongue. They're part of your body's immune system that helps protect from bacteria and viruses that can cause infection. However, if your tonsils are overwhelmed by a bacterial or viral infection, they become swollen, red, with yellow or white coating, and become painful. Inflammation of tonsils calls tonsillitis.  A number of respiratory viruses can cause tonsillitis, including the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). This is the same virus that can cause mononucleosis. Different strains of bacteria also can cause tonsillitis. The most common culprit is streptococcus, commonly referred to as "Strep throat". Tonsillitis caused by streptococcus species typically occurs in children aged five to 15 years, while viral tonsillitis is more common in younger children. Both forms, bacterial or viral, are contagious. It usually spreads to another person by droplet transmission while he/she is sneezing, coughing, or exhaling.

Preventing the Spread of Tonsillitis 
Do not share utensils, drinking glasses, toothbrushes, etc., with anyone who has tonsillitis or a sore throat. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and teach your children to do the same. Proper hand washing is still the best way to prevent all kinds of infections, including tonsillitis. Avoid people with known tonsillitis or bacterial sore throats, if susceptible to one.

Homeopathic medicine might be one of the most safe and effective complimentary natural medicines to strengthen your child’s immune system for the long run. Many cases of acute and chronic tonsillitis have been successfully treated in our daily practice. Whether they are viral or bacterial in origin, homeopathy treats every child individually without any side effects.

Tips for Parents
Let you child get plenty of rest. Sleep helps the body fight infection. Your child should stay home until there's no sign of fever and he or she feels better. Have your child drink plenty of warm, soothing liquids. Soup, broth and tea are good choices. Avoid foods that weaken the immune system: refined and processed foods, dairy, sugar and high fat products. If your child is old enough to have mastered gargling, doing this several times a day may help relieve throat pain. Be sure to tell your child to spit out the liquid after gargling. For example, calendula can be very soothing and healing for the sore throat. But since homeopathy is individually tailored medicine for each and every patient, different homeopathic remedies may be prescribed. t

Raisa Weisspapir is a Registered Homeopath, graduated from the Homeopathic College of Canada in 1999, specializing  in children’s and general family health problems. She also graduated from Medical School in Russia in 1985 and worked as a medical doctor in an emergency hospital in Russia, dealing with children and adults in critical conditions. Raisa welcomes your questions at (416) 227-1485. For more information visit www.homeopathytoronto.com

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