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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergallery View Post
    Not sure what their illness is, but most kids LOVE honey, and it does help with sore throats.. there is also sore throat spray. And my kids LOVE cough drops if you get the right flavor.
    I rarely need to take my kiddos in because of the way we eat/treat illnesses...They are also pretty healthy, but we don't catch as much as they are not in public school.
    At first sign of illness I cut them off from all dairy and sugar and have them drink lots of water.
    My kiddos love tea, maybe you have the wrong kind? What if you freeze it in a popscile? Add honey .
    My son has a sinus infection and my daughter had a fever running for days plus a bad cough. Nothing to do with dairy or sugar. We wanted them both to get a break from coughing at night so they could sleep and she needed regular fever reducer. He is on antibiotics now.

    I'm not sure what no dairy or sugar would help with, but fortunately we have never had something like that. Also thanks to public school my kids have strong immunity and don't get sick much, and usually aren't that bothered by being sick. This time around we knew there was more going because Juliet was all floppy and listless and hot (and raving a bit at night) and Nathaniel's cough was relentless.

    Anyway they are both on the mend, and Juliet had an attitude change about medicine! Phew. The antibiotics are chewables and he keeps reminding us! Mr. Responsible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    My son has a sinus infection and my daughter had a fever running for days plus a bad cough. Nothing to do with dairy or sugar. We wanted them both to get a break from coughing at night so they could sleep and she needed regular fever reducer. He is on antibiotics now.

    I'm not sure what no dairy or sugar would help with, but fortunately we have never had something like that. Also thanks to public school my kids have strong immunity and don't get sick much, and usually aren't that bothered by being sick. This time around we knew there was more going because Juliet was all floppy and listless and hot (and raving a bit at night) and Nathaniel's cough was relentless.

    Anyway they are both on the mend, and Juliet had an attitude change about medicine! Phew. The antibiotics are chewables and he keeps reminding us! Mr. Responsible.

    Thanks everyone!
    Some people believe that drinking milk (or consuming any dairy product) will cause an increase in mucus production. If that were true it would make sense to avoid dairy products when sick. Personally I think that theory is bogus and so does my girls' pulmonologist. But to each their own.

    Consuming excessive amounts of sugar can weaken the immune system (or so I've read) and exacerbate diarrhea. My girls would rather become dehydrated than drink Pedialyte so we always had to resort to the "sugary" sports drinks anyway.

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    The only thing I can say about dairy is that I avoid it if I have to sing/perform since it does coat my throat. I also steer clear of it for the boys if they've had a tummy bug.
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    Dairy does cause mucus, and if your body is sensitive to it like mine or my sons it is almost an instant asthma attack. Our bodies are actually not created to digest cows milk, and the majority of people after the age of 2 loose the enzymes to be able to properly digest it. Some people like my husband can drink gallons of it with no problem, and it doesn't cause mucus issues for him even when sick, but it does for me and my oldest son. It also causes us to throw up, same with other foods for me, but I have severe digestive issues. Sugar does weaken the immune system, and when you eat it it doesn't allow your body to get the nutrients it needs from the healthy food.. Remember your momma not allowing snacks before dinner . Well you need the vitamins to fight infections and illnesses. And it is simple that candy or cookies etc don't have the vitamins and minerals you need.

    For coughs we do a ginger bath. For upper sinuses we do eucalyptus in the shower. So glad they are feeling better. I have had to take antibiotics myself, but my kiddos have never had to. I never had to take them in for cold or flu, their bodies and home remedies fought it off..Whether that is luck or choices, not sure, probably some of both. Only had to take them in for allergic reactions, testing for anemia, and a rash I couldn't ID that ended up being Roseola. .

    Often at the first sign of ANYONE getting sick in my house we all take echinechea, and GoldenSeal, and sometimes other things. I consider at that point often limiting sugars, and making doubly sure about what they are eating. And I wipe down the house doorknobs especially. Hope this gives you some ideas. So glad they are taking the meds now .
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    I have had great luck with echinacea as well, and herbal teas....I haven't gotten Juliet's cold despite the fact that she crawls into our bed on my side and coughs into my mouth.

    i am also a big believer in vitamin C for colds! We don't drink juice normally but if they have colds then it becomes an orange juice festival.

    Thanks...I am glad to see them running around like crazy maniacs again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergallery View Post
    Dairy does cause mucus, and if your body is sensitive to it like mine or my sons it is almost an instant asthma attack. Our bodies are actually not created to digest cows milk, and the majority of people after the age of 2 loose the enzymes to be able to properly digest it. Some people like my husband can drink gallons of it with no problem, and it doesn't cause mucus issues for him even when sick, but it does for me and my oldest son. It also causes us to throw up, same with other foods for me, but I have severe digestive issues. Sugar does weaken the immune system, and when you eat it it doesn't allow your body to get the nutrients it needs from the healthy food.. Remember your momma not allowing snacks before dinner . Well you need the vitamins to fight infections and illnesses. And it is simple that candy or cookies etc don't have the vitamins and minerals you need.

    For coughs we do a ginger bath. For upper sinuses we do eucalyptus in the shower. So glad they are feeling better. I have had to take antibiotics myself, but my kiddos have never had to. I never had to take them in for cold or flu, their bodies and home remedies fought it off..Whether that is luck or choices, not sure, probably some of both. Only had to take them in for allergic reactions, testing for anemia, and a rash I couldn't ID that ended up being Roseola. .

    Often at the first sign of ANYONE getting sick in my house we all take echinechea, and GoldenSeal, and sometimes other things. I consider at that point often limiting sugars, and making doubly sure about what they are eating. And I wipe down the house doorknobs especially. Hope this gives you some ideas. So glad they are taking the meds now .
    Dairy does not cause mucus.
    Cold symptoms: Does drinking milk increase phlegm? - MayoClinic.com
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/sc...1qna.html?_r=0
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    There are a lot of doctors that believe in sugar to promote natural healing as well. Prolotherapy is popular, whether it be mind over matter. Also, a lot of people turn to OTC herbal supplements without realizing that they too can have contraindications-sometimes deadly-when mixed together. That's why I am a believer in knowing your own body but to also know when to be smart.
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    "Although drinking milk may make phlegm thicker and more irritating to your throat than it would normally be, ..." I will almost give this one too you, as we can both be "right" Dairy is bad for some people in relationship to phlegm.. Guess I will just have to reword.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergallery View Post
    "Although drinking milk may make phlegm thicker and more irritating to your throat than it would normally be, ..." I will almost give this one too you, as we can both be "right" Dairy is bad for some people in relationship to phlegm.. Guess I will just have to reword.
    If dairy gives you an almost instant asthma attack you are likely allergic to dairy. My youngest was allergic when she was little and developed croup when she had it. Prior to knowing she was actually allergic I believed the myth that dairy products must exacerbate respiratory issues and assumed that was the case with her. Now I've done my research and I know better. I also incorrectly assumed that food allergies always cause GI issues or rashes and that definitely isn't the case either (Madi had only respiratory reactions to milk).

    I'm not trying to be rude, I swear. I am on pain medication for a pulled muscle and I think it makes me rather abrupt and cranky. There's just so much bogus medical info out there and I wanted to point out that what you were saying wasn't really true (although many people think it is). Anyway, hope you and your son are able to avoid dairy without issues. Lord knows it is hidden in all kinds of foods I never thought it would be until I had to start reading labels. Thankfully after avoiding dairy entirely for a little over a year Madison outgrew her allergy. Allergies are quirky things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Sadly that does nothing for us. We explained it, we cajoled, we offered juice or Gatorade or candy, it's still a ridiculous ordeal. Then we end up wanting to kill them, lol.
    Well, at least you wouldn't have to give them their medicine

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