Hello there my holistic hotties! Just popping in with a quick post, firstly to keep you up to date and secondly to apologise for my crashing lack of posts and content lately! I’m really playing catch up at the moment after our little Monkey Aurélia was taken ill the week before last! She had been unwell for sometime after being sent home from nursery one day having been sick. She appeared to be on the mend and then out of the blue she developed a horrible cough and fever. We kept an eye on her and gave her lots of cuddles until one night she registered a fever of 40.6! We called NHS direct who advised us to take her to A&E! The long and short of it is that they kept her in for two nights while they awaited test results. They gave her antibiotics intravenously which perked her up hugely and she was eventually discharged last Tuesday. Turns out she had a nasty reaction to a urinary tract infection. The staff were absolutely fantastic. Real angels who are often over-worked and under-paid!
We’ve always managed up to this point, to avoid giving Aurélia antibiotics. I feel that their massive over-use is leading to gut problems and virus’ that are resistant to them. However in this case I think we were right to allow her to be treated with them. The doctors basically wanted to ensure that she wasn’t harbouring anything nasty like bacterial meningitis, until they could get the test results back. Also the turn-around in her condition once she had started them was amazing. I have ensured however that since starting the antibiotics, I have been re-balancing her gut flora. I believe this is vital for anyone taking a course of antibiotics but particularly children. Antibiotics are widely thought to wreak havoc with our gut microbiome. Our guts in turn, are known to hold the master-key to our immune systems. Antibiotics wipe out a lot of the “good bacteria” in our guts and lead us susceptible to all sorts of illness and disease. The best option is of course, not to take them. As I said before however, they can have their uses in extreme situations. So, what can we do if we, or someone in our family needs to take them? Well luckily probiotics can go a long way towards re-balancing our delicate and vitally important gut microbiome. You can buy probiotics from most health food shops however be aware that some forms NEED to be stored in the fridge!! My mum who is currently doing a degree in nutrition recommended GI Flora and Saccharomyces boulardii, both by Allergy Research group which can be purchased from Nutri-link. These are in capsule form but I have been opening the capsules and adding the powder to her milk or yoghurt. Thankfully Aurélia now seems to be back to her usual, cheeky self!
This little interlude set me somewhat behind in my blogging duties but obviously being a mummy must always come first. However I’ve been super busy in the meantime with some exciting projects including a photo shoot and interview that I should be able to tell you about early next week. I’ve also got a lovely Christmassy Guest Edit coming up for you soon with one of my favourite fashion brands! I’m getting so excited for the festive season and I must admit I even went out and bought some new decorations last week! I’m planning a post for you in the near future with some of my favourite holistic gift ideas for Christmas and I’m sure there will be something fashion based coming up too before the big day! In the meantime don’t forget you can keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram.