Does your child ‘catch everything’ going around? Are they perpetually wiping their nose, or should they be?! Do they have dark circles under their eyes?
Those are just 3 of the more common signs that a child needs extra support for their immune system. The immune system is the body’s defence against infection.
Here are a few things you can do to help your child avoid frequent colds & flu infections this winter:
1. Avoid dairy
Not only is dairy a common allergen, but it also causes the body to create mucus. This mucus, which becomes most apparent in the throat, nose, ears and lungs, increases symptoms of congestion and pain.
2. Avoid refined sugar
Sugar impairs immune function for up to 4 hours. Hidden sugars include condiments such as mayo, sauces & dressings.
3. Consume water as primary beverage
Children & adults alike are, in general, not consuming enough water. Your child’s body is roughly 70% water... so should their drink choices be!
4. Consume colourful veggies & fruits
Present a rainbow of colour options to your children each day. This food category contains a vast range of nutrients you will not find in any other food groups.
5. Daily activity
Children are meant to be moving; using their muscles, breathing deeply and laughing. In particular, they need to be doing much of this activity outside in the fresh air. Dress them appropriately, and children of all ages will enjoy winter activities more!
Need help fighting a cold?
Oil of oregano – this product has very good anti-microbial properties and can be used for most types of infection.
Older children & adults: 1-3 drops under the tongue, 1-4x daily
Smaller children: massage 1-2 drops onto the soles of their feet at bedtime; cover with socks.
If you address these 5 areas and your child is still experiencing frequent infections, you need to be finding the cause of their immune impairment; schedule an appointment with your naturopathic doctor as soon as possible.
A common cause of low immune function in children is Food Intolerances. A simple finger-prick test can assess your child for 96 common foods.