Back to School Doesn’t Have to Mean Back to Being Sick!

Strengthen your child’s immune system

For many parent back to school is synonmous with back to being sick. There are many natural steps a concerned parent can take to help strengthen their child’s immune system.
• Diet – Make sure your child is eating a balanced meal. This just doesn’t mean getting the basics but taking it a step further. Remember to include as many colours on the plate as possible. Different colours mean different nutrients. Think about making smoothies where you can sneak in a lot of different ingredients without your child knowing!
• Sleep – A good night’s rest always makes the next day better! In the summer sleep routines can be off. Getting kids back on track with a regular routine will help reinforce and strengthen their systems. For children that have trouble sleeping incorporate a 30-45 minute wind down phase before bed. Turn off the TV and another stimulating electronics and have them do all the basics (get into their pajama’s, brush their teeth, snuggle with a book, etc). For those difficult sleepers try putting a bag of dried lavender under their pillow or a few drops of lavender essential oil.
• Stress – Children feel stress too! Get your kids to talk about their feelings. If you sense that something is not quite right as them how they feel. It can be difficult for children to express themselves in a way we understand. They also learn from example. If we are stressed children will pick up on that too.
If your child does get sick don’t panic. A low grade fever (96.5-100 F) can actually be a good thing. During a fever, the body temperature is elevated as a part of the immune response to help kill the pathogen. Do not attempt to lower the fever as this negates the body’s natural response; instead support the fever and keep your child comfortable. However, if the fever get too high (103 F), it is time to call a doctor.
• Hydration is key – Make sure your child is drinking water or natural fruit juices.
• Rest!!! We do not give enough emphasis on rest – this is the time your body is healing itself.
• Proper nutrition – focus on broth’s that are full of vitamins and minerals and easy to take. If your child is able to eat solid foods make sure they are gentle on the system.
Supplements
  • load up on Vitamin C – 250mg every 30-60 minutes until bowel tolerance (Vitamin C can cause diarrhea in high amounts so once this happens decrease the dose)
  • Probiotics – contributes to about 80% of the immune system.
  • Herbs – consider using supportive herbs like Echinacea, Elder berry, Astragalus, Andrographis, etc. Get the advice of a trained health professional to get the right combination.
If you have any questions about any of the points listed above please do not hesitate to get in touch with me – Dr. Karm Hans MSc, ND; www.karmhans.com; karm@karmhans.com(book your complimentary 15 minute consultation today for the health of you and your entire family!)
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