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Holiday stress and seasonal changes can take a toll on a child’s immunity. Try this immunity boosting regimen to keep your kiddos healthy this holiday season!
Elderberry has been around for hundreds of years and scientifically proven to prevent, treat, and reduce the duration of cold and flu. Elderberry is the small ripe berry from the elder plant, otherwise known as Sambucus nigra. Elderberry contains flavonoids which help to reduce inflammation and have antiviral properties.
Elderberry Gummies are always a hit with kids. I recently decided to start making my own elderberry gummies because many brands have excess sugars and harmful chemicals. I give Elderberry gummies to my kids daily, so I want to know what’s being put in them!
Here’s my favorite recipe:
Click here for the recipe: https://wellnessmama.com/4599/flu-busting-gummy-bears/
Don’t have time make them? Try these:
A Multivitamin ONLY as needed:
Pediatricians typically do not recommend a multivitamin for children who are growing normally. They say a balanced diet will provide your child with the vitamins and minerals they need. Vitamins should never be viewed as a replacement for nutritious foods. However, there are situations in which children are not receiving enough vitamins due to lactose intolerance, food allergies, or aversions.
It’s important to discuss vitamin supplementation with your pediatrician. I personally choose to introduce a multivitamin to my kids when they go through food strikes, spent a weekend at Grandmas and filled up on sweets, or at the first signs of illness. I think of multivitamins for kids as an occasional health boost and not a food replacement!
When I do give my toddlers a multivitamin, I choose Nordic Berries:
Probiotic drops and/or yogurt:
Healthy gut flora plays a pivotal role in maintaining health and supporting immunity. A healthy gut allows for proper digestion of foods, retention of nutrients, and a healthy metabolism. Read about the importance of maintaining a healthy gut here: Are You To Blame For Your Thyroid Disease?
Probiotics are found naturally in yogurt. Try plain yogurts with fresh fruit. In addition to eating yogurt 2-3 days/week, I also give my kids probiotic drops 2 days/week in their milk.
The single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. Make sure your kids are washing after bathroom use, before meals, and right after they leave public places. It sounds excessive, but the consistency will be worth is when your kids stay healthy.
It isn’t unusual for kids to get less sleep this time of year. There are holiday parties, school events, excess sugar, and the excitement of the holidays that are interfering with bedtime routines. Children need between 10-14 hours a sleep/day depending on their age. If they stayed up too late the night before, try to help them get a nap in!
Naughty or nice, nobody should get the flu for Christmas! Follow this regimen to keep your children (and yourself) healthy and happy this season.
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