Alternative Therapies and Natural Remedies

Ez - posted on 11/22/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )




A lot of my parenting choices fall outside of the mainstream, to varying degrees. And even apart from my role as a mother, I consider myself to be pretty open-minded. This extends to our health. I believe in acupuncture (one of the doctors I work with is a certified acupuncturist as well as a GP) and hypnosis (I have several friends who have successfully quit smoking after a single session, not to mention Hypnobabies). I believe a hot lemon drink is just as likely to soothe a sore throat as paracetemol. And I would rather see a chiro for chronic headaches than go on heavy duty pain-killers.

BUT.. I read some advice from some natural mummas that made my head spin. A 15mth old boy had been bitten by a dog on the face. The parents had taken him to the doctors on the day, and it was not stitched (not uncommon in animal bites as the bacteria needs to get out). This child is unvaxxed, so has no tetanus cover. They also didn't give him any antibiotics.

The mother posted the next day, saying the site was red and swollen, and asking what to do. She was met with suggestions of everything from peroxide (on a baby's face!!) to aloe vera, Vitamin E to colloidal silver. And then there was this gem: 'Just let his body do it's job. It knows how to heal this.' A few other mothers told her to get him back to the doctor, but the overwhelming majority advised her to treat it at home.

How much faith do you put in alternative therapies and natural remedies? Do you think it's acceptable to attempt to treat a potentially very serious condition in a child in this way?


Amanda - posted on 11/22/2010




I'm a "natural mommy" myself. I like to use natural remedies - When possible. But there is a line. Being bitten by a dog is not just a scratch or ear infection. Always err on the side of caution. When in doubt - see your Dr! There are some illnesses and infections that REQUIRE something more than just tea tree oil. On the other hand - I have avoided many Dr visits by the use of Tea tree oil and other natural solutions. But if condition worsens or you are doubtful please see your Dr.

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LaCi - posted on 11/23/2010




Being red and swollen is a normal reaction. Without actually seeing the child's injury I don't see how it's possible to make that assessment, and since she was the one who saw the injury I don't see how she couldn't have made an assessment herself. Most of us have been injured, we know what things should look like and we know what things definitely should not look like. So, I can agree with all of the moms, because they had no idea what they were dealing with. "red and swollen" can be a normal reaction in which case your body is working everything out, or it could be too red and grossly swollen in which case you should see a doctor.

C. - posted on 11/22/2010




Natural remedies may work to a certain extent. And there are a few that I prefer to use rather than using pain pills, too.. BUT, if the remedies are not working and the site is getting an infection.. GO TO THE DOCTOR!!!!!!! Put your pride aside in all your magical remedies and get your baby to a doctor! This could be fatal if she doesn't do something soon! I can't believe she would even get on here and ask people what to do.. If it's swollen and red, it's starting to get an infection, so why didn't she just take him to the doctor in the first place (well when she noticed it wasn't getting better)??

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IMO that mother is endangering her child.
I'm all for natural therapies. My son had ear infections that i didn't get seen to staright away because i was trying to help his naturally. I did go to the Dr and thank goodness i did as he couldn't hear it was getting that bad. There is a time and place for natural and modern.

Jennifer - posted on 11/22/2010




i am a big supporter of natural remedies but there is definitely a limit on what i would try with my child. i've used breastmilk on most of my sons owies (diaper rash, eczema, rug burn, a very minor cat scratch, clogged tear ducts). for serious things, take them to the doctor and have it evaluated first, then make an informed decision from there.

Veronica - posted on 11/22/2010




Natural remedies/supplements are great preventive care! Some do help with infection and things of such -- but that doesnt mean that you skip going to the doctor completely - and in this case of an animal bite - wth is this lady thinking??!! I would take me into the doctor if i got a friggin animal bite! Some things need medical intervention no-matter how many supplements, potions, or herbs you take/drink. This lady needs her brain screwed in correctly!

ME - posted on 11/22/2010




I think of natural resources/treatments as ways to avoid getting REALLY ill...if I still get sick, then, I see a medical doc...

Stifler's - posted on 11/22/2010




NO. Natural therapies should be used to non life threatening things like weight loss and relaxation and stuff and skin disorders, not rabies. I use aloe vera for sunburn and stuff and essential oils for other skin things. Natural remedies like colloidal silver only work in long term doses like taking it every day builds your immune system to fight infection.

Ez - posted on 11/22/2010




No kidding Cathy!

I hate giving my daughter anti-biotics, but when she has a fever of 41C (105F) and big puss-balls where her tonsils should be, I recognise the limitations of both natural remedies and her body in fighting the infection.

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I believe in acupunture but believe it doesn't work for everyone. It worked for my sister when she had a bad back but it didn't for my dad. I prefer to let the body fight somehting first and if it doesn't improve then use some medication. However, I think the mother in this instance was pure stupid. The child could end up losing his leg to gangrane if it wasn't treated properly!

Sharon - posted on 11/22/2010




I'm all for letting the body do the job it does so well, but I would see a sympathetic doctor to get back up "oh yeah, that isn't to bad, it probably won't get worse, keep an eye on it, if it gets more red, then we'll have to use antibiotics..." etc.

We use colloidal silver, queen bee jelly/pollen, etc.

There is nothing wrong with peroxide as an initial treatment but peroxide eats healthy new granulating skin as well germs/bacteria so it should be used SPARINGLY or for initial injury only.

but my kids are vaccinated. We have way to many illegal immigrants in the area, to many foreign visitors to risk my kids being exposed to a disease that was eradicated HERE but not there.

Sara - posted on 11/22/2010




I think if it could all be cured with natural therapies or remedies, then people's lifespans prior to 20th century medicine (vaccinations, antibiotics, etc) would not have been significantly less than they are now. I, like you, think there is a time and place for trying natural remedies/treatments, but don't be stupid. You can't cure a heart attack with some herbs, or a massive infection with aloe vera!

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I consider my family to be more "natural" than most. We use colloidal silver, let sicknesses run their course and rarely use antibiotics.

But there is a time and place for modern medicine. Though I feel it's way overused by mainstream society, it's not evil. My kid is vaccinated as I feel it's best for society as a whole. In the case of a dog bite, screw the colloidal silver. Give my kid the drugs.

Becky - posted on 11/22/2010




I'm not huge on alternative therapies, but I'm not a big pill popper either - only take painkillers if I'm in too much pain to function well, that kind of thing. For things like a sore throat, yeah, I will generally go with hot tea with honey or gargling salt water. I'm not one to go to the dr. and try to get antibiotics for a cold or upset stomach. But we'll definitely go to the dr. if it's needed! And in this case, I would definitely think it is. An infection on the face could be quite risky, and disfiguring. And even if I didn't vax (which I do), i would've been getting my child a tetanus vaccine! That's deadly, and much harder to treat than to prevent.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/22/2010




I definately believe in both. My Grandfather was a Chiroprater for 35 years, and was not a fan of modern medicine. He has done some pretty miraculous things with homeopathic work, along side of Chiro care. So I have learned quite a bit from the homeopathic side...but I have a fascination with human/animal medicine. When my child fell recently on metal and filleted his arm wide open with a 2 inch long gash and all the fat was protruding...we called an ambulance and had 5 sutures place. If we stupidly chose to go to a Chiropracter,...they would have sent us to the hospital. I think common sense needs to be used when issues like this come up. Unfortunately, not all of us are equiped with common sense.

Sarah - posted on 11/22/2010




Sometimes it's best to let the body "heal itself". I mean, I'm not the type of Mother who rushes to the doctor demanding antibiotics for every illness,only if it's actually warranted.

I totally believe in modern medicine, there's no way in the case of a dog bite to the face I would be letting "nature take it's course".

I'm not a huge believer in things like acupuncture and stuff, though I think people thinking it helps, means it often does.

I trust my doctors, I go by what they say.

Kate CP - posted on 11/22/2010




When it comes to puncture wounds of any kind the doctor and modern medicinal cures work best.

Amie - posted on 11/22/2010




I think alternative therapies are a good thing, in some cases.

No I do not think it is acceptable to treat a serious condition, like this child's infected (sounds like) face. I don't know what people are thinking when they put their child's life in harm's way. Sometimes, modern medicine is the way to go.

Katherine - posted on 11/22/2010




I had a friend who was a Christian Scientist. They don't believe in any medicine, doctors, anything. His dad was diabetic and went into a diabetic coma. Instead of taking him to the hospital, they just let him go. He also cut himself badly with a knife at work and refused to get stitches.
So some beliefs are religious ones.
The woman who's child was bitten by a dog is going to get that child a staph infection!!! If the site is red, that's where it's headed.

Anyways that being said. I am all for medicine. I always go to the doctor, I do try to use some home remedies ie: humidifiers, honey in hot tea..but I would never do what that lady did.

Jodi - posted on 11/22/2010




I do believe that sometimes we need to let the body do its job, but there are times where we need medical intervention, and IMO, this is one of them.

I actually have a very sad and tragic story about someone who trusted that a homeopath would cure her rectal cancer (she was a consenting adult and chose homeopathy over surgical removal), and now her husband has had to go through a coroners inquest because her family blame him for enabling her belief (I don't believe that either - she was a consenting adult, and it was actually her decision). But sometimes, ignoring modern medicine can have tragic results.

So yes, it does have its place, but it should be alongside modern medicine.

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