I love it when I’m contacted by a mom about a child, because their infections are so easily wiped out, with so few complications. While nearly every adult has enough secondary infections, like Candida, to be forced to go through a period of detox before their bladder infection improves, the average child can take just 2-3 capsules of OLE per day, and be infection-free in a few days. After dealing with some cases where a woman has to work for as much as two weeks to get through all her Candida and wipe out a UTI, witnessing someone getting well so quickly is a pleasant change.
As a mom of 5, I know how stressful it is to want to treat your child naturally, but not know what size doses to give, or what brands to use, or how safe something is, but you can be really comfortable with olive leaf extract.
For children aged 2-6, 2 capsules (of Vitacost OLE) per day is sufficient to kill the majority of infections in 1-3 days. It can be used to stop a cold in its tracks in one day, or wipe out an established bacterial infection in 3-5 days.
For a bladder infection you want to administer 1 capsule with breakfast, and one before bed. The difficulty is getting it into them, because, like all the best medicine, OLE is bitter. You can open a capsule and mix it into elderberry syrup or honey. Don’t mix more than 1/4 of the capsule into a teaspoon of the carrier. The flavor will still be discernible, but my kids manage those proportions well. If you can only get 2 tsp at a time into them (half the capsule), wait a little and give them the other 2 tsp later. They don’t have to have the full capsule all at once, just make sure you get 2 capsule’s worth into them over the course of the day, one of those doses being at bedtime. You want the oleuropein working in the bladder all night.
For an older child, 7-12, your baseline is 3 capsules per day. Start out with that, and increase as needed according to what the test results indicate. Test the first morning’s urine every day.
Hopefully, you have a child who can swallow capsules with no problem (none of my kids can manage it, yet), but if not, mixing it into the syrup is fine.
Teenagers, 4-8-12 capsules per day, depending on the size of your adolescent and the severity of the infection. OLE is completely non-toxic, so start them out taking one per meal and one at bedtime, and see how the symptoms respond and what the tests show. You can increase as needed. If your child has had this infection for some time, and it’s resisted a course or two of antibiotics, what’s left is going to be tough. Hammer it with OLE and raw garlic if necessary.
For all children, continue full doses until a morning test has been clear for 3 days running.
For babies up to age 2, you can do what I did and steep the contents of an OLE capsule in 2 tsp coconut oil for 2 hours (in a warm but not hot place, like inside the oven with the light on). Using little plastic syringes like this, you fill 2 of them with the infused oil. For a baby 6 months to 1 yr, give 2 ml rectally at naptime and bedtime. Under 6 months, 1 ml. (Just insert the little tip and depress the plunger. Put them to bed immediately and it stays up there and is absorbed very quickly: a fever will begin decreasing in less than an hour)
Whatever they have going on with them, it’ll be much better when they wake up.
For children 1-2, 3 ml at naptime and bedtime is sufficient for most infections. You can keep the syringe/s in the fridge when you’re not using it, just put the syringe in hot water long enough to melt the oil when you’re ready to administer.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. I’m a mom of 5 children ages 11-4, and none of them have had an ear infection in 8.5 years. (Or eye/sinus infections, because I do this as soon as something starts, and it never develops into a full-blown infection) I’ve done what I described for them during that time, except that sometime I used raw garlic steeped in the coconut oil when I didn’t have OLE on hand. The dosages suggested are what I’ve found in my personal experience to be efficacious for their ages.