In my previous blog I talked about the best ways to support your immune system this cold and flu season – this time, it’s all about the kids! Below, I discuss what you can do to support their immune function and help keep them healthy this winter.
Written By Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a Nutritional Therapist who has worked with clients in Health Foods Stores and Private Clinics for over 20 years.)
As I said at the beginning of my previous blog, cold and flu season tends to start mid-September – just after the children have gone back to school. The indoor environment, central heating and close contact make schools the perfect breeding ground for cold and flu bugs. Children then start to bring the viruses home, spreading them to parents and grandparents – and it grows from there.
IMMUNE SUPPORT FOR ADULTS
In the previous blog, I wrote about using Beta Glucans combined with Zinc, Vitamin D and Vitamin C, to help keep ourselves healthy and free from infections over the winter. What I failed to mention however, was what to do to support your child’s immune system – how to keep them healthy, so that they do not pass their germs on and so they can avoid time off school.
So, that is what we will be covering in this post.
IMMUNE SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN
Children over the age of 12 (who can swallow a reasonable sized pill) could opt for the same approach as an adult and use Beta Glucans – this is certainly what I give to my daughter at this time of year!
However, those who would struggle to swallow a tablet, and those younger than 12, will need an alternative solution. This, in my opinion, can be found in the humble elderberry.
Elderberry has been used in many immune supportive remedies and is generally found in liquid or syrup based supplements – so it is easy to take. Even more importantly (as we are suggesting it for children) – it also tastes very pleasant!
NATURES AID KIDZ IMMUNE SUPPORT
Natures Aid Kidz Immune Support is aimed at children over the age of 6. This easy to take liquid combines Elderberry extract with Vitamins C, D3 and Zinc, which contribute to the normal function of the Immune System. This supplement would be particularly useful if your child is a picky eater, as it provides those important immune supportive nutrients which may be missing from a fussy child’s diet.
I have used these products for both my own family and for my clients over the years, and I have not yet found someone who objects to taking them!
ADDITIONAL HELP FROM VITAMIN C
The other supplement I would suggest is Vitamin C. Vitamin C contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and reduces tiredness & fatigue.
It can also be taken by people of all ages from 3 months old – in the right doses, obviously.
For young children look for a liquid supplement aimed specifically at children, so you can be sure it is a safe dose – something like Natures Aid Vitamin C Mini Drops is a good choice.
For older children and adults, a chewable tablet could be good.
Vitamin C can be safely taken alongside any over the counter medicines you may be using for the symptoms of colds & flu, and could help to reduce the duration of your infections.