Keeping your child healthy during Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu normally spread through air borne viruses. They can also stick to air borne pollutants. It is necessary to give pure breathing air for your child to prevent them from cold and flu. Their immune system should also be boosted up to make them fight against these diseases.

Best way to boost immune system

The best way to boost the immune system is to have a good diet. Vitamin A and Vitamin C should be present in large amount in children’s diet. Oranges, peaches, cabbage, carrot, broccoli, strawberries and nectarine are good sources of vitamin C. Vitamin A can be obtained from Egg yolk, mackerel, butter, yoghurt, cheese and trevally. Include ginger and garlic in children food which will stimulate the immune system.

Foods to be avoided

Some of the foods will suppress the immune system and should be avoided during cold and flu season. Sugar intake should be reduced. It is because of the reason that it reduces the transport of vitamin C to white blood cells which in turn reduces the efficiency of white blood cells to fight against diseases. So, sugar even in natural form such as honey should be avoided. Foods such as meat and animal products that are difficult to digest will also decrease the immunity power. Synthetic colors, sweeteners, preservatives, margarine, etc., are difficult to digest and create a stress in the immune system. Wheat and dairy products will increase the mucous production that results in affecting the immune system. So their intake should be reduced during this season. Many children easily get cold when they consume banana and pineapple and hence avoid these fruits.

Environment plays a major role

The good living environment will help to boost the immune system. The home environment should be happy and stress free. Reduce the amount of antibiotics used. The ordinary diseases such as coughs, throat infection should be treated with natural medicines. Taking antibiotics in large quantities will decrease the bowel movement, which in turn cause the immune system to suppress. Antibiotics should be given to children only during unavoidable situations such as treating life-threatening diseases.

As a preventive measure, following some hygienic habits is very important. The shoes should be left outside the home. The animal droppings should not be present inside the home. Smoking inside the home should be avoided.

There are several medications available to boost the immune system. Following the above tips, one can keep his children healthy during cold and flu season in a natural way.

The full spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals support healthy development, strong immune function,* as well as emotional and mental vitality.* Research shows that one of the fundamental reasons for the decline in children’s health and immunity is the decline in the nutritional content and value of their diet. Supplementing a child’s diet is the wisest way to ensure that all nutritional needs are fulfilled.

Today’s children face unprecedented challenges from two very important areas. On one hand, the nutritional value of the food we eat decreases as the nutritional content of the soil is depleted through time and modern farming methods. On the other hand, the rapid increase in environmental pollution and toxic burden creates an increased need for these nutrients – the vitamins and minerals that protect, nourish and sustain a child’s natural, healthy development. Support your child’s growth and development with the Child Life Essentials Multi-Vitamin & Mineral.

Source: http://www.healthsuperstore.com/health/v-cold-and-flu-in-children.htm

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