With all the sore throats, runny noses, intestinal disorders, and allergies that plague our kids, childhood must sometimes seem like a constant blur of illnesses--especially to the parent doing the nursing. But even though these ailments are debilitating and take an enormous toll on the young patient, most of the problems clear up pretty quickly, are not life-threatening, and carry few long-term effects.
Even so, parents still need to be particularly vigilant about safeguarding their children's health. The recent rise in the incidence of serious diseases--including whooping cough, rubella, measles, mumps, and hepatitis B--makes a compelling case for keeping vaccinations up-to-date. One of the latest vaccines, now recommended for all newborns, is for hepatitis B, a viral infection that causes an inflamed liver, and may lead to chronic infection and even cancer of the liver.
Routine medical checkups, proper diet, and plenty of rest are also essential to give children the protection theyneed. When a child falls ill or shows any unexplained or persistent symptoms, prompt medical advice and attention are crucial. This strategy helps keep minor illnesses from getting out of control and ensures early treatment for more serious disorders.
The stress that a child experiences is indescribable. The pressures to excel, daily challenges of youth, the physical changes and loss of innocence that comes with growing in a society that is far from forgiving, creates a potent mixture of insecurity and rebellion. Most children emerge stronger from this experience, some are affected for life. Added to these emotional challenges are the growing number of communicable diseases. Modern medicine is in catch up mode, and will run out of steam one day, unable to cope with the rising resistance to conventional drugs.Most of the disease associated with children are infectious in nature and a result of viral/bacterial infections. Modern medicine does not offer preventive medicine, only vaccinations that may or may not protect your child from disease. Vaccinations are essential, there is no doubt, and however they do not protect your child from the target disease. The only protection is the body’s natural immunity. Children are exposed to other infected children at school and at play, we cannot keep our children in doors, isolated from the outside world. Yet we need to give them the opportunity to be strong and healthy. Modern medicine lacks even the basic medicine to help make a child healthy. Besides health, there is emotional and physical stress caused by examinations, peer pressure to live up to others expectations, a life style that may not be affordable, and indulge in more physical activities than possible. Yet most parents do not consider or address these issues since doctors advise “They will grow out of it”. That might be true, but the emotional scars are carried for life.