For the last decade, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been advocating for a reduction in antibiotic use due to its established connection with the advance of antimicrobial resistance.
A growing public health threat, a conundrum for parents
When your kid is sick and screaming in 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 obliterate the beneficial bacteria at the same time 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 reported in the June 2016 issue of JAMA Pediatrics found that antibiotic use can take children's guts at least a year, sometimes two, to recover from a single course of antibiotics.2
While there are currently no alternatives to antibiotics, there are natural remedies that focus on prevention, which can support a time-out from antibiotics.
Echinaforce Junior, a fresh, organic extract of Echinacea purpurea, is proven to significantly reduce the incidence of illnesses for which antibiotics are typically prescribed
Echinacea has been known and used for centuries to help the immune system prevent colds and flu. A recent study, presented in May 2018 at the University Hospital of Zürich, has yielded groundbreaking results that may pave the way toward a future where antibiotics are used much less.
The clinical trial, involving 203 children aged four to 12 and accompanied by 13 pediatricians, was the first of its kind. The results demonstrated that the use of a fresh Echinacea purpurea remedy, such as 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 were 76% less likely to need antibiotics.3,4
Research conducted earlier in 2012 on the same type of Echinacea extract derived from fresh, organic Echinacea purpurea proved that it can be taken safely for up to four months, and that taken preventively, can strengthen children's immune system and help avert colds or flu by over 50%.5
If you are worried about picky eaters and compliance from your kids, don't fret. Echinaforce Junior comes in a chewable tablet that's sweetened with natural orange flavor, making it both delicious and tooth friendly.
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), May 24, 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), May 24, 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