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Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

My 10 year old son has quite a serious bacterial infection, he has been to the Dr and is on antibiotics for the next 2 weeks. It has been caught early so he should be fine but I would like to help him along to being fine as much as I can. He already has a pretty good diet & I will make sure he has extra live yogurt to counteract the medicine. Is there anything else you guys would recommend? The Dr just said carry on as normal but paranoid mother kicks in to think I could be doing something else. How about multi-vitamin tablets? Are there good ones available here?
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Old 27.06.2011, 16:07
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

The best way to help your son is most likely to do what the expert, professional doctor says - normal diet.

My kids have, over the years, had various bacterial infections. They all recovered fine once the antibiotics got to work.
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Old 27.06.2011, 16:10
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

Antibiotics tend to do the same to children and adults - usually upset the gut flora leading to the runs. Pro-biotic stuff helps, as well as bioflorin - available from all chemists/whatever-they-are-called-here.

No need to supplement the diet with vitamins, unless your child has a particular disorder that you know of, e.g. Crohn's.
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Old 27.06.2011, 16:20
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

If he likes honey, try some Manuka - on toast etc. I was recommended that and by all accounts it is very beneficial..
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Old 27.06.2011, 16:33
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

Thanks for the replies. It is not one of the normal childhood infections he has but it is not so uncommon. He loves Manuka honey so I shall be getting a supply of that in. Thanks again.
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Old 27.06.2011, 16:36
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

I would try to up the level of antioxidants while he is on the antibiotics.

Best option is to go with high antioxidant value fruits and veggies (just Google for the list) so you are staying with a "normal" diet, just a bit heavier on the fruit etc. that will help the body fight the infection.

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http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ne...expected-foods
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Old 27.06.2011, 16:37
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

On the subject of honey, if you have a rash, skin infection, burn etc and put honey on it - (I know it is a bit messy) it heals up in no time.
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

Hope your son gets well very soon. What a stressful time for both of you. If I have an infection I get BioLogos. I also received this as a child (and still use it). At that time, it was horrendous expensive for a few little bottles (taken one at a time), but I'm sure today one can buy a generic product if the original is somewhat too expensive.

Another good thing is this things from the bees. Sorry it's just to hot for my brain. Not honey, the other one.

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Old 27.06.2011, 18:43
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

It sounds like he s on the road to recovery, just follow the doctor's advice. I learned from the Swiss to give tiny sips of Coke when a bug first sets in and nothing else will stay down. I thought they were nuts but doctors here in the US confirmed it.
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

I do think doctors these days rather too readily prescribe antibiotics, thus building up resistance in children later in life but, doctors are busy people, and antibiotics work in the short term.
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

While I do agree with you this is the first time he has ever had antibiotics and in this case if the infection is not controlled the consequences can be severe.

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Not true.
Bacterial infections require antibiotics, there's no way around it.
Thank goodness we live in an era where people survive thanks to antibiotics.

Lou, Bioflorin works, so does Ultralevure. The antibiotics usually wipe out the intestinal flora, which is why people get liquidy stools. By replacing the flora with Bioflorin, it stop the undesired side-effects. But of course only a doctor can tell you whether it's a good idea for his specific issue.

I do hope your little one recovers quickly. A big hug !
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

What is Bioflorin? I have him eating a lot of Bio yogurt with the cultures in it, is it the same thing?

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Not true.
Bacterial infections require antibiotics, there's no way around it.
Thank goodness we live in an era where people survive thanks to antibiotics.

Lou, Bioflorin works, so does Ultralevure. The antibiotics usually wipe out the intestinal flora, which is why people get liquidy stools. By replacing the flora with Bioflorin, it stop the undesired side-effects. But of course only a doctor can tell you whether it's a good idea for his specific issue.
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It sounds like he s on the road to recovery, just follow the doctor's advice. I learned from the Swiss to give tiny sips of Coke when a bug first sets in and nothing else will stay down. I thought they were nuts but doctors here in the US confirmed it.
When my wife had food poisoning in Paris, the doctor suggested flat warm coke (full fat, not diet). It's now the staple food for any pukey NotAllTherelings.

I've found doctors here (at least the ones we've used) will only prescribe antibiotics if there's evidence of bacterial infection, or as a precautionary measure for really nasty bacterial infections.
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

Bioflorin and Ultralevure can be bought in the pharmacy. It is a medication (tablets) so you should ask the doctor first. It basically replaces the intestinal flora that is wiped out by large spectre antibiotics.

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Old 27.06.2011, 19:30
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

You got him to the doctor in time. He's on the right medication. By the sound of it, you're feeding him healthy diet, supplemented by yoghurt and now perhaps some honey. I'd say that should take care of all his vitamin needs.

All he needs now is rest and lashings of TLC from Mum. But then you're his Mum so he's getting that already right? When you're that age, nothing makes you feel better than Mum's TLC when you're sick
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Not true.
Bacterial infections require antibiotics, there's no way around it.
Thank goodness we live in an era where people survive thanks to antibiotics.

Lou, Bioflorin works, so does Ultralevure. The antibiotics usually wipe out the intestinal flora, which is why people get liquidy stools. By replacing the flora with Bioflorin, it stop the undesired side-effects. But of course only a doctor can tell you whether it's a good idea for his specific issue.

I do hope your little one recovers quickly. A big hug !
I am quoting a family member, an eminent paediatrician from Zurich.
I too hope the little chap is soon back to rude health.
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I am quoting a family member, an eminent paediatrician from Zurich.
I too hope the little chap is soon back to rude health.
Ah ok.. I'm not a doctor.
I'd love to know what are the alternatives though ?
Is it possible to get through a serious bacterial infection without antibiotics ?
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Re: Bacterial Infection: how to help with recovery.

I don't think there are alternatives, I think the problem is antibiotics being prescribed for viral infections far too easily.

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Ah ok.. I'm not a doctor.
I'd love to know what are the alternatives though ?
Is it possible to get through a serious bacterial infection without antibiotics ?
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Ah ok.. I'm not a doctor.
I'd love to know what are the alternatives though ?
Is it possible to get through a serious bacterial infection without antibiotics ?
Obviously, with a SERIOUS bacterial infection, antibiotics should be prescribed but, if antiobiotics are frequently prescribed for less serious infections, resistance can occur.
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