Help! My kids keep coming home sick!
If you think your kids have been catching more colds since they’ve been at kindy or day care, you’re probably right.
This occurs because children’s immune systems are still developing.
When you encounter a cold virus as an adult, your immune system often recognises it as an enemy that it’s tackled before and fights it again before it can take hold.
Without those years of history to draw on, your child’s immune system recognises relatively few viruses, and is less capable of fending them off.
To exacerbate matters, colds are spread by being exposed to droplets from sneezes, coughs and runny noses, so viruses can spread at childcare centres, where many little ones haven’t yet learned the fine arts of washing hands properly, blowing noses or covering mouths when coughing.
Having a child with a cold can sometimes be as exhausting and frustrating as being sick yourself – so how can you boost your child’s resistance this winter?
Probiotics: In babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, probiotics support the developing immune system, and may reduce the risk of upper respiratory infections. For optimal benefits, choose a product that’s been specially developed for kids.
Immune tonics: Herbal immune tonics such as Olive Leaf, Echinacea or Elderberry may be beneficial for children who are prone to recurrent colds, flu and sore throats, or who are slow to recover after they get sick.
Symptom relief: Some herbal blends for the relief of sinus congestion and other cold and flu symptoms are suitable for children as well as adults, and some are available in liquid tonics that are more easily administered than tablets.
However, bear in mind that the doses may need to be adjusted according to your child’s age and that some herbs are only suitable for young children under the care and supervision of a healthcare professional. Always check the label and follow the manufacturer’s dosage instructions, and if you have any concerns, talk to the team at Go Vita Tanunda.