Hand washing is the best way to prevent colds & flu in kids (and adults). Scrub thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
Your kids are back in school and you want them to not only do well in class, but to stay healthy. Nutritional and holistic therapies work very well with children when used correctly. This article covers three common conditions that occur in kids, and the natural remedies that I use in my practice.
Knock Out Colds and Flu
To prevent or shorten the course of a cold or flu (each are caused by a virus and are unresponsive to antibiotics), use herbal teas such as ginger and peppermint. Chicken soup and broths containing ginger, onions, and garlic help to drain the sinuses. Avoid simple sugars found in soda, white bread, white pasta, and candy, all of which tend to suppress immunity. Also limit dairy products, which can increase mucus. For nasal congestion, use a humidifier and make sure your child gets at least eight hours of sleep a night. Supplements that fight cold and flu viruses include the following:
Ease Childhood Eczema
Approximately 15 percent of children have eczema, which is characterized by red, itchy lesions. My experience is that most kids with this condition have undiagnosed food sensitivities, the most common of which include gluten (found in wheat, rye, barley, and other grains), citrus fruits, tomatoes, and soy- and/or cow’s milk. Try your child’s diet without each of these foods one at a time for two weeks to see if the skin starts to clear.
Helpful supplements for eczema (in children and adults) include the following:
Sharpen Focus and Memory
Many children—including those not diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—have problems with their focus and memory at school. Dietary improvements are vital for improving this condition. For example, a 2007 trial published in The Lancet found artificial food color and additives resulted in significantly more hyperactivity and shorter attention spans. Regular meals and snacks that are low in refined carbohydrates and include moderate amounts of protein (especially fish and eggs) balanced with whole foods are essential for proper brain function.
In addition to a children’s multivitamin, I recommend the following supplements:
Product Examples (from left)
Help protect your kids and boost their natural immunity with Irwin Kids Immuno-Zappers. These tasty jelly-yums contain elderberry, vitamin C, zinc, and quercetin to provide a formidable defense against nasty bugs.
Just ½ teaspoonful of Carlson for Kids Cod Liver Oil contains 550 to 625 mg of healthful omega-3s. And its great lemon flavor makes it easy to swallow.
Nature’s Way Primadophilus Kids Cherry Flavor Chewables is a three-strain probiotic formula is specially designed to promote healthy digestive flora in kids ages 2—12. Each chewable tablet guarantees 3 billion CFUs, including lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.Kids love its delicious, natural cherry flavor.
Natural Factors Learning Factors Daily Nutrient Boost with Pea Protein nourishes growing bodies and brains with a range of vitamins and minerals. And for each bottle of Learning Factors purchased, Natural Factors will donate one bottle of Learning Factors Balanced Omega-3 chewable softgels to Vitamin Angels. To learn more, go to vitaminangels.org.