10 Year Old with Chronic Sinus Infections

Question by Desparate Mom (Alabama) on 07/18/2007

First of all, I am amazed at all the positives about ACV. I came across your site in hopes of find an alternative to my daughter's sinus problems. She has had severe sinus problems for nearly 5 years, not mention a lot of allergies especially to foods. She is now 10. At least once a year she gets a bad infection that keeps her out of school for a week. But this time it has snuck up on us early, a week before a big planned vacation before returning to school. To tell you the truth I am weary about giving it too her but more importantly I have read several different amounts to give a child. So could you please tell me the exact amount I need to give her and for how long ( can I give it too her daily for a while ) and does it need to also have baking soda. Diluted or undiluted with water Thank you for your time, Desperate Mom in Alabama ( I would like to take the vacation that is planned.

Replied by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand)

Dear Desperate Mom: First of all Apple cider vinegar doses are different depending on the weight of the child. An adult does is pretty much the same, since he no longer grows bigger. Assuming simply that a 100 pound person (just to keep things simple) takes 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day in 1/2 glass of water. Therefore if a child's weight is 50 pounds then he will like take 1/2 of everything, which means 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar plus 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/4 glass of water, also taken twice a day. The calculation depends on the weight of the child.

On the other hand if an adult who is very large, it is likely that he will need twice the dose of a simple 100 pound person, so it works the other way around also. I prefer also to take some vitamin C sodium ascorbate since I have found them to be quite helpful with the sinus problem, the dose for a typical adult is 1000 mg. per day and thus a child's dose is likely calculated on the basis of weight, which if it is 1/2 the weight of a 100 pound (small build) then it could be 500 mg or less. I find rose hips and sodium ascorbate (with plenty of water) to be helpful. There are other powerful remedies against the sinus, but apple cider vinegar and baking soda in general are quite safe. They should preferably taken on an empty stomach once in the morning and one before bedtime.

While a child may like the fizz, some children DO NOT like the smell of the apple cider vinegar. In that case another alternative remedy may be more appealing in taste such as lime (or lemon) and baking soda, which has a better alkalizing effect from the citrates. The remedy for a typical adult is 8 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lime juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, also taken twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. A child's dose therefore is taken on calculated weight of a typical small adult of 100 pound. So if a small child's weight is 33 pounds, then it will be likely to be 1/3 of the dose of a typical adult (small size).

The reason why apple cider vinegar and baking soda works is it is an antioxidant, just like lemon, in it is alkalizing and its oxidation reduction potential is strongly negative, which means it is an antioxidant. Acidic solution is an oxidant, at least initially and hence the need to neutralize the acid to an alkaline solution, which works best in the long run then if apple cider vinegar is taken alone.

It must be noted that apple cider vinegar with baking soda IS ALWAYS diluted with water, to neutralize excesses of acidity and reduce the concentration of the solution to minimize any negative side effects from a highly concentrated solution. It has been my experience that apple cider vinegar works best with baking soda mixed with water. It is also the same that a typical lemon works best with baking soda mixed with water also. The potassium content in apple cider vinegar and the lemon, with the sodium alkalinity component added allows for the body to typically achieve a good sodium and potassium balance. The body's extracellular fluids are typically 90% sodium, but most of the problem is very much due to not the sodium, but the pH which modern nutrition fails to consider, but in aquarium fish tanks, like a human body, a pH is an important way to monitor the health of the fishes in an fish tank, and hence, it is possible to ascertain the health of an individual by seeing whether the urinary pH is in the alkalinity range of 7.0, as well as the salivary pH. If not, correcting the pH will correct many health problem not just the sinus. Ted


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