April 2009 >
First Aid Kit for Children
FIRST AID KIT for CHILDREN
Andrea Thorpe, L.Ac.
As a practitioner of natural medicine, I am a true
believer in naturally assisting the immune system to protect and defend
the body against pathogenic attack. I also believe antibiotics and
antipyretics are valuable, life-saving drugs. However, I do not believe
in using them repeatedly to fight conditions that can be resolved with
natural therapies first. Each time your child naturally fights off a
cold, flu, or an ear infection, the foundation for a stronger, more
effective, immune system is being built. Here are some useful, natural
FEVER is the body's first line of defense against the attack of a
pathogen. When the body's temperature rises, viruses and bacteria can be
literally 'cooked' and killed. Your first concern is to keep your child
as comfortable as possible without jeopardizing the therapeutic effect
of a fever. Use a mentholated oil, such as the
Tao of Wellness Tonic Oil or Olbas
Oil. Apply to the skin on the top part of the child's back, and gently
scrape with a spoon until the skin becomes red. This technique is called
guasha and is part of the TCM pediatric treatment protocol. Guasha helps
release heat and fever and will help your child feel more comfortable.
If the fever persists for more than 48 hours or rises above 103-104
degrees Fahrenheit, please consult with your child�s pediatrician
EAR INFECTION - If you suspect your child has the beginning of an
ear infection, try using garlic and mullein oil. Gently warm the oil in
a spoon and place a few drops of it in your child's infected ear. Then
seal the ear with a little cotton wool. Also, use some Olbas Oil or
Tonic Oil to massage the area behind the earlobe to open the Eustachian
tubes that help the ears drain. Massage down the neck with even strokes.
If this treatment does not relieve discomfort within 24 hours, you may
need to resort to antibiotics.
COLDS AND FLU - Watch for the first signs of an impending cold,
such as a scratchy throat or a headache. If you cannot bring your child
in to see a practitioner, assist your child with some
Cold & Flu capsules. This formula
is easy to administer and should be given at the first signs of a cold
to support a healthy functioning immune system. An increased dose of
antioxidants such as Vitamin C, beta-carotene and zinc will further
boost the immune system.
SPRAINS AND BRUISES - The Tonic Oil, with eucalyptus, wintergreen
and fennel essential oils, has traditionally been used to stimulate and
activate the flow of energy and blood. It provides relief from minor
aches and pains. Rub it on for headaches, sore or stiff neck and
shoulders, muscle pain, back pain or joint aches. Another excellent
option is Arnica, a homeopathic remedy that can be administered either
as a cream/gel or orally as sugar pills.
RASH / BURN / SKIN IRRITATION - For this I recommend having
calendula cream and aloe vera gel in your medicine cabinet. I hope this
helps your little ones.
Andrea Thorpe, L.Ac.
Andrea comes with extensive experience in Chinese
Medicine. After graduating from King's college London with a degree in
Languages and comparative literature, she completed the program of
Traditional Chinese Medicine at the London School of Acupuncture and
TCM. Andrea continued her education with two separate trips to China
studying at both the Hangzhou and Nanjing Schools of Chinese Medicine.
Upon her return to Europe she focused her practice on orthopedic,
pediatric health and substance abuse. Working in both England and
Gibraltar Andrea worked both in private practice and within the English
National Health Service.
Andrea came to California in 2003 and completed a Masters degree in
Chinese medicine at Yo San University, she graduated with high honors.
Fluent in both spoken and written Spanish, Andrea is the mother of two
beautiful boys and lives with her family in Silver Lake, she is the
newest fellow at the Tao of Wellness.