Lyme Disease Treatment For Children – Our Top 5 Protocols

Children are far more susceptible to Lyme disease simply because their immune system is far more delicate and immature and they spend more time outdoors and closer to nature.

They may experience all the same Lyme disease symptoms as adults, however, they often experience some symptoms more than others.

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The most common Lyme disease symptoms in children include:

  • Bulls-eye rash (Erythema Migrans);
  • Headache and fatigue;
  • Swelling of the large joints and muscle aches;
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills;
  • Irritability;
  • Decreased appetite; and
  • Facial nerve palsy.

This article focuses on treatment options, but for the full run down on the potential symptoms of Lyme disease in children – read our article HERE:

While the symptoms can be hard to pinpoint, being vigilant in protecting your children against ticks can help enormously. Being able to find the tick within 24 hours of exposure is very important.

If you do find a tick on your child, remove it as quickly as possible and immediately begin monitoring your child for potential symptoms of the disease.

If you know or suspect that your child has contracted Lyme disease, you may now be wondering ‘What is the best Lyme disease treatment for a child?

Well, the protocols for treating Lyme disease in children don’t vary to much from adult methods, however, you must be more cautious of dosages and aware of all possible side effects.

For children that have been bitten by a tick and are showing the symptoms of Lyme disease, here are 5 common protocols that you can consider with your doctor:

Antibiotic Therapy

Regardless of your stance on antibiotics, they are generally unavoidable if your child contracts Lyme disease. However, there are many natural ways of supporting and strengthening their immune and digestive systems throughout the process.

Initial treatment using antibiotics generally last for 2-4 weeks, however, a combination of antibiotics often ends up being prescribed depending on the symptoms observed and co-infections detected. The complication factor with Lyme disease is that the stealth microbes responsible for the disease, can go dormant in the body and hide from antibiotics. This makes it complicated to treat with just a single round of antibiotics.

The bacteria can continue to multiply in the body and can do so even after a round of antibiotics. Symptoms can in fact strengthen and the gastrointestinal tract can become severely impacted.

This is why natural and holistic support remedies are essential to implement alongside antibiotic therapy.  Probiotics can be a great first step to strengthening your child’s digestive system and are effective even several months after a course of antibiotics. A Lyme Disease Diet that is packed with nutrition is also a great first step.

The Buhner Protocol

The Buhner Protocol also uses a holistic approach to treating Lyme disease, with its focus on three (3) core herbs and an individualized treatment based upon the symptoms and coinfections present.

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The Buhner Protocol aims to support the collagen structure of the body, restore and support the immune system, reduce inflammation and eliminate the remaining Lyme bacteria in the body.

The three main herbs that are used in the Buhner Protocol are:

  • Cat’s Claw;
  • Japanese Knotweed; and
  • Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng).

The full Buhner protocol comes highly recommended for Lyme disease treatment in children, with both children and adults having shown a significant reduction in, or disappearance of symptoms over a period of 8 to 12 months. It can be safely used alongside antibiotic treatment, with the full protocol detailed in Stephen Buhner’s book “Healing Lyme”.

Cowden Herbal Protocol

The Cowden Protocol provides holistic treatment for Lyme disease that is effective for both adults and children. It uses powerful anti-microbials and a multifaceted approach to treat Lyme disease.  It is recommended that the protocol is used anywhere from 2-12 months, depending on the severity of symptom’s experienced and necessity. It is also referred to as the ‘Cowden Support Program and uses multiple herbal tinctures daily to combat all the symptoms of Lyme disease and treat the underlying bacteria that may continue to attacking the body. Children are administered proportionately less than adults based on weight.

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Some of the herbal tinctures used include:

  • Banderol and Samento for microbial defense;
  • Burbur and Parsely for enhanced detoxification;
  • Magnesium Malate to help maintain normal muscle, nerve, cardiovascular and cellular function;
  • Pinella for cleansing and eliminating neurotoxins from the brain;
  • Sealantro (a combination of sea weed, chlorella and cilantro extracts) for the detoxification of heavy metals, radioactive substances and other positively charged toxins, and
  • Sparga which helps the body eliminate sulfa antibiotics and other sulfa drugs which can block the detoxification pathways.

The herbal tinctures included within the Cowden Protocol can be purchased all together as a monthly treatment program, with proper dosage information. This allows parents to remove some of the guess work in treating a very complicated disease.

The Salt/C Plus Protocol

The Salt/C plus protocol is a natural treatment protocol that uses pure sea salt and Vitamin C. It has been found to be particularly effective at permanently alleviating chronic and rapidly degenerative Lyme disease infection, where aggressive antibiotic treatment has failed.

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At its most basic level, it involves taking increasingly larger doses of both salt and Vitamin C daily for an extended period of time. It is recommended that the salt doses be specifically calculated and gradually increased at a pace set by your body’s response, this is referred to as the ‘scale up method’ for dosing. For children, the protocol is applied exactly as with adults, however, the measurements are different to account for their smaller bodies. The ‘Mixture Method’ is often used for children, where a day’s worth of measurements are prepared in a liquid form and delivered at the appropriate measurements throughout the day.

While no medical study or hard evidence exists, both adults and children suffering from the long-term effects of Lyme disease have experienced success through following the protocol for anywhere from 6 months up to several years. Some parents of autistic children have even seen an improvement on their condition from following the protocol.

To learn more click HERE.

The Wahls Protocol

A large part of healing the body from Lyme disease, includes eating a healthy and well-balanced diet. For most people this means eating natural unprocessed foods and eliminating sugars and dairy.  It is critical that children suffering from Lyme, eat nutritious wholefoods that are rich in phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

The Wahls Protocol was created by Dr. Terry Wahls for the treatment of chronic disease and autoimmune conditions. She combined some of the principles of the Paleo diet with with neuromuscular stimulation, and was able to reverse many of her own symptoms which she shared in a now famous TEDx talk. Many Lyme sufferers have also had great results from following the protocol and as she describes in here video HERE, it can be adopted for children as well.

Lyme Disease Treatment for Children – Combining Methods

For the treatment of Lyme disease in a child, many of the above protocols will work best in combination and can be used as supporting therapies when aggressive antibiotics are being used. Other natural treatment and lyme support options that are great for children when administered safely include essential oils, probiotics and herbs.

Don’t forget that each case of Lyme is unique, so it’s really about finding and combining the right type of treatment protocols and sticking to a long-term plan of 8 to 12 months or longer. All the hard effort and research will pay off in the long run.

For further advice on natural more treatment protocols see our article HERE:

Now over to you:

Do you have a child that has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and are wondering what the best natural Lyme disease treatment for children is?

Are you trying to decide on the safest but most effective Lyme treatment protocol for your child?

Let us know by leaving a quick comment below…we would love to hear from you….


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