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Pam Jacobsohn
Posted on Monday, December 01, 2003 - 16:39:   

My son, 1 year old now, is teething and is constantly developing fever, cough and ear infections. The doctor says it has nothing to do with the teething, but, all of my children were having this kind of problem during that period. I know also from many of my friends (not all of them though) that they have experienced such problems while their children were theething. Is there any logical linkage between teething and these viral inflammations? Does Chinese medicine acknowledge the existence of such a problem during the teething period? I shall be much obliged for any information about this topic.
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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Monday, December 01, 2003 - 21:31:   

Recurrent inflammations of the air passages as well as ear infections, are very common in children during teeting, Pam. Your motherly experience is correct and your G.P. is wrong. It always surprises me how conventional doctors disregard their clinical experience in favor of some scientific cliche which is good only until the next survey takes place
Chinese medicine, a modality based on life experience rather that some detached laboratory results, has long acknowledged the linkage between teething in infants and viral inflammations of the respiratory tract. The incidence is too prevalent to simply ignore it just because a doctor can not explain the logic. Chinese medicine maintains that the teeth and the gums are traversed by the Yang Ming meridian which is in charge of the digestive system, digestion and maturation of infants. Teething exploits a considerable amount of energy in infants. It is actually the sprouting of bones (teeth) out of the flesh (gums) in order to provide the digestive system an essential tool for its future functioning. This energetical consumption taxes the digestive system thereby creating plenty of phlegm and mucus, a substance typical of the digestive/breathing systems physiology. This phlegm collects both in the digestive system giving rise to recurrent diarrhea and/or loose stools, or in the respiratory passages (nose, throat, trachea etc.). The phlegm and mucus hinder the free flow of Qi in the respiratory systen thereby causing stagnation, breathing disorders, accumulation of pathogens and the like. It is very important to resolve this problem by natural means such as acupuncture, massage and herbs. Children who resort to modalities such as antibiotics usually drive the pathogens deeper instead of releasing them, thereby rendering them latent and chronic. Acupuncture, on the other hand, and also herbal therapy, have exceedingly high curative rates in this line of disorders. It eliminates the phlegm, boosts the defensive energy and gets rid of the pathogens in a very short time.
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Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 18:47:   

ive got a 1 yr old and and a 4 yr old my first one use to have so much diarreah with teething and i knew that i can handle anyhting but diarreah and vomiting, then one day i discovered something called kaolin paediatric mixture for kids i give to my little one every time he gets diarreah, which is not even that often anymore and its a miricale for me, i love it.

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