These infections can result in multiple trips to the doctor’s office and most often antibiotic prescriptions. However, controversy on their overuse and negative effects has both physicians and parents seeking alternatives to fill this therapeutic gap.
For the last decade, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been advocating for a reduction in antibiotic use due to its connection to the obvious advance of antimicrobial resistance.
Increasing public health threat a conundrum for parents
When your kid is sick and screaming with pain in the middle of the night, you want to fix it and fast. But at what cost?
While antibiotics wipe out the insurgent disease-causing bacteria that threaten our health, they also obliterate the beneficial bacteria and can increase our risk for chronic illness, allergies, depression and anxiety.
Research shows that the earlier children are exposed to antibiotics, the greater the implications. A study in JAMA Pediatrics in June, 2016 found antibiotic use can take children’s guts at least a year—sometimes two—to recover from one course of antibiotics.2
Currently there are no alternatives to antibiotics, however there are natural remedies that focuses on prevention, which can help incite an antibiotic time out.
Echinaforce proven to significantly reduce the root cause of antibiotic prescriptions
While echinacea has been known and used for centuries to prevent colds and flu. A recent study presented in May at the University Hospital in Zurich, has garnered ground breaking results that may pave the way for a reduced antibiotic future.
The clinical trial, involving 203 children aged four to twelve years and accompanied by 13 pediatricians, is the first of its kind in history. The results demonstrated that the use of a fresh Echinacea purpurea remedy like Echinaforce Junior was effective in preventing respiratory infections and reducing the risk of complications (such as sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia). Most significantly, those patients who received the echinacea tablets had a 73% reduced need for antibiotics.3,4
Earlier research in 2012, on the same type of Echinacea derived from fresh, organic Echinacea purpurea, proved that it was safe to take up to four months and that taken preventively, it can strengthen your little ones immune systems and help avert colds or flu by over 50%.5
When compiling your school supply shopping list this year be sure to include Echinaforce Junior so you can send them back to school armed and ready to face the classroom… and its germs.
Bächler A, Feldhaus S, Lang G, Klein P, Suter A, Schoop R. Dose-dependency of Echinacea in the treatment of acute common colds in children 4 – 12 years. Sociéte Suisse de Pédiatrie (SSP, Poster), 24th May, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ogal M, Klein P, Schoop R. Echinacea for the Prevention of Respiratory Tract Infections in Children 4 - 12 years: A Randomized, Blind and Controlled Study. Sociéte Suisse de Pédiatrie (SSP, Poster), 24th May, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Safety and Efficacy Profile of Echinaforce® for long-term prevention of colds and flu Jawad M1), Klein P2), Eccles R1) Common Cold Centre and Healthcare, Cardiff University, United Kingdom