Kids don’t have time to be sick with colds and flu – there’s games to play, friends to see and fun to be had! But unfortunately the sharing and caring nature of kids means they tend to share their germs with everyone they come into contact with. And since covering their mouths or using tissues are usually a low priority, germs easily spread from child-to-child and potentially through the whole family.
4 Kids Cold and Flu Facts
If you want to keep your little ones healthy and having fun this winter, here’s some tips to help keep their cold and flu downtime to a minimum:
Help Fight Colds and Flu (without a big fight)
Vitamin C is a key nutrient to keeping your kids immune system operating at its best. Vitamin C may help reduce the severity and duration of their symptoms, so they don’t suffer as badly or for as long. Sure you can get enough vitamin C from a diet loaded with fresh fruit and veggies, but that’s small consolation when you’re trying to convince your fussy eater to please eat that one carrot you tried to hide in their favourite meal. If you’re looking for an easier option, Ethical Nutrients Extra C Zingles delicious orange or berry taste and fun melt on their tongue tingle make them an easy way to help top up your child’s vitamin C and zinc levels, to help keep their immune system firing through winter.
Be PROactive with PRObiotics
Your digestive system contains 70% of your immune system, so supporting healthy immunity really does start in the gut (especially if your child likes to put things in their mouth). A clinical trial on the probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM®) and Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07), showed these strains reduced the risk of cold or flu symptoms by up to 66%! The children who had a cold or flu only suffered symptoms for half as long as the children taking the placebo.4 If you want to help boost your child’s immune system, these strains are exclusively found in Inner Health Immune Booster Kids.
Antibiotics Don’t Help Colds and Flu
Although commonly prescribed, antibiotics target bacteria (including good bacteria) but colds and flu are caused by viruses, so antibiotics are of little use unless the cold/flu has progressed to a chest infection. If your child has been taking a course of antibiotics, a probiotic such as Inner Health Kidsis a convenient way to replenish beneficial bacteria and support digestive health.
Don’t Forget to Look After YOU!
It’s going to be a big help if you can keep your little ones well, but don’t forget about yourself! Have a look at this article for tips to help keep you healthy this cold and flu season. (link to adult article)
Fun Immune Boosting Recipe
Making healthy food fun is a great way to get your kids excited about foods they might normally turn their nose up at. Check out this super-healthy smoothie for one idea – you could even put some Immune Booster for Kids in for a little extra immune-boosting kick.
Incredible Green Hulk Smoothie
- ½ cup spinach leaves
- ½ avocado
- 1 banana
- 1 apple, chopped (no need to peel)
- 1 cup orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
- 1 cup plain yoghurt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Add to well-sealed drink bottle for easy transport.
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