I just read your other post too and wanted to first offer you cyber
's. You all must be exhausted right now. You may want to take what I say with a grain of salt as I have become more and more crunchy each day. I would dump all OTC and prescription meds (we don't have them nor use them). If I'm reading correctly, he's been on 3 rounds of antibiotics and a course of steriods, right, but the infection is still there? Is he really picky about taste or is he pretty good about taking things?
I would get some sodium ascorbate
(super good form of Vitamin C) and really dose him up with it ... 1/2 dose every hour or so while awake. I usually hide it in a small cup (3 oz or so) of juice for my boys when they are sick.
Get some echinacea
. Again, this typically gets hidden in juice. Herbs for Kids makes a good one ... follow the dosing on the back for illness (I think they have regular dosing and also an acute-like dosing, which is tyipcally 2x the regular dosing).
Get Sambucol/Elderberry syrup
. It's awesome.
And then you can get some good homeopathic remedies: Aconite
is good for colds, dry sore throat, cough, acute fever, bursting headache; Belladonna
is good for flu, colds, inflammation with redness in thraot, ears, glands, throbbing pains, headaches; Calc Phos
is good for swollen glands, general weakness, convalescence or healing; Chamomilla
is good at night time to calm them down, is also good for colds with dry cough and congestion; Ferrum Phos
is good for acute low fevers, throbbing pain, sore red throats, red eyes, ear pain, colds.
Most everything can be found at a good local health food store (HFS), though typically the sodium ascorbate needs to be ordered on-line (we get ours from www.iherb.com
). If you want a good place for ordering homeopathics on-line, I really like www.1-800homeopathy.com
You will also need to work hard at healing his gut. Antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria, but will also kill off all the beneficial bacteria in the gut. You should start supplementing him with a strong probiotic
- Solaray and Nature's Way both have some good products that can also be found in HFS's. Try to find something with at least 5 billion live/active cultures per serving. Cut all sugar/refined food as possible, as that will feed any yeast that might take up residence in the absence of beneficial bacteria. If you have access and aren't oppsed to it, I would highly recommend finding an established source of *raw* milk
- it is healing to the entire body (the gut and also will help get rid of infections, allergies, etc). You can also look into getting a netti pot
- it looks like a little tea pot that you fill with lukewarm saline/salt water and use to flush the nose ... with him being so little, you'd have to go slowly and really help him out as you need the right angle to get the water from one nostril and back out the other. It works wonders and feels really good. HTH