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Back to School

Parents up and down the land may be heaving a sigh of relief as life returns to normal and routines are back in place.

However, school is the perfect breeding ground for germs and infections.  Children are in close contact and are being exposed to new germs and bacteria, that their body has not had to fight off before. This is why September and October are peak cold and flu season for many families.

As well as colds and flu, tummy bugs are also rife, particularly in young children.  Freed from parental supervision, hands may not be washed when they should be and the close and tactile natures of children – as well as their habit of popping things into their mouth – means that these bugs can spread like wild fire.

So – what can we do to try and keep them healthy?

  1. Obviously, feed them as well as possible, although with a picky eater this may not be as easy as it sounds, which can make using a children’s multi vitamin a good idea, to ensure they are getting all their daily nutrients.
  2. Look for a children’s immune support formula. The best ones will provide vitamins A, C and D – all vital for a healthy immune response. Ideally, the product should also have the mineral zinc, which is well known for its ability to help the body fight infection.  Elderberry is another ingredient to look out for – firstly, it tastes great and secondly, studies indicate that it may help to carry the cold virus out of the body.
  3. Consider using a child’s good bacteria product. Up to 80% of the immune response comes from the gut, and therefore relies on us having a healthy level of good bacteria.  These good bacteria can also prevent the ‘bad guys’ which may cause tummy bugs, causing any upset. Key bacteria to look out for in a child’s microbiotic include Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacteria infantis, as they have all been shown to be important in supporting a child’s gut flora.

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