I have a very important message for you all right now because this winter season,
almost all of our kids will/have gotten sick. They’re going to get the sniffles and coughs.
They’ll most likely get what many people call seasonal allergies, which is really just a
normal response (if it’s at a normal level) to the weather changes, time changes,
temperature changes, all the leaves, dust, and dryness that is out there right now.
Here’s my take-home message for you right out of the gates – kids get sick; it’s
It’s not something we should always be going into a five-star alarm rushing to the
pharmacy aisle or the pediatrician’s office about. Here’s what’s been happening for a
generation or two of kids… we have shifted our perspective to this idea that kids aren’t
ever supposed to get sick.
I understand neurology, physiology and immunology and I know that kids are designed
to be healthy, and to be healthy, they have to face illnesses and build up resilience and
strength within their bodies to overcome them. It’s simple science, even though it’s
wildly uncomfortable and so difficult as a parent to watch our kiddos struggle with even
a little bit of congestion.
But for parents, it can get concerning when that congestion turns into a cold, and that
cold that should be gone in a day or two turns into a week or two of up at night
struggling to breathe that comes with this big, nasty, barking cough. We may get
stressed out and make that call to the traditional medical world and go down that road of
suppressing the sickness and challenges instead of building them up and helping our
child not only get through that acute illness but build up strength and resilience to go
WHY IT IS IMPERATIVE TO “BUILD IT UP” NOW
There are two things you can understand that will give you an incredible ability to help
your child kick the sick naturally or even neurologically. This spring, if we do not build up
our child’s strength in their body, if we instead suppress it with over the counter and
prescription medications, it starts the cascade of nastier respiratory illnesses – things
like the flu, RSV, pneumonia and bronchitis in the middle of fall/winter. What we do now
a couple of months before that will build up or break down their immune, and nervous
systems have everything to do with how they will handle Fall.
This can be tricky to get across, but it is crucial that we have this understanding. We
have to look at things differently. I am so blessed to have worked with countless kiddos
who were buried by illness and have gotten healthy. I know the steps, I know what
causes a child to get sick, and the moment you understand that too, you can start to
grasp exactly what to do to get them healthy and keep them healthy because it’s the
IT’S TIME TO SHIFT OUR PERSPECTIVE
The first thing we have to do is shift our perspective as parents, which is the challenge.
With most families, the first move they make is to trust their pediatrician. A standard,
typical, medically derived pediatrician for the advice and action steps to keep their kids
healthy and get them healthy when they’re sick. The pediatrician has a philosophy and
a perspective that illness means something is broken, therefore, needs to be fixed and
suppressed, and they look to something on the outside to do the job. That is a very
different perspective from that in pediatric chiropractic and natural, holistic, or integrative
We look at the body and understand God designed it to be strong, but he didn’t design it
to not have challenges. We understand it might have to go through a bump in the road
to get stronger on the other side. It might have to train for the marathon before it comes
to have a chance to get through the marathon… and that’s what winter is. It’s a
marathon for our kids’ neurobiological immune systems and if we don’t start training
right now, if we weaken it and we sit on the sidelines, we’re going to have a long winter.
THE ACTION STEPS TO KICKING THE SICK NATURALLY
Here is a simple step-by-step equation to kick the sick naturally and help your child build
up resilience and crush it all winter. Number one, take it easy. If your kid isn’t feeling you
could send them to school, if they were feeling okay other than their cough. But if they
had to push through school, they could be worn out even more and may end up missing
the whole back half of the week. So make sure they take an extra day of rest and get to
bed early. Also try to incorporate some movement and sweat during the middle of the
day, movement and sweat moves the fluid and congestion and helps clear the cough.
Chiropractic adjustments are the cheat code. They’re not even a cheat code. They
are literally required in our family for well being because stress is a part of life. Stress
gets to the neck, shoulders, to those upper areas and that subluxation creates
constriction, congestion, and congestion creates inflammation. We know the neurology
behind subluxation, which is what adjustments fix and so getting her adjusted every
single day really boosted that up.