Fighting Colds!

October 15, 2009 at 8:04 am 2 comments


An apple a day, keeps the doctor away!

An apple a day, keeps the doctor away!

Since my family and I have been out of commission lately fighting off a bug that still doesn’t want to go away, I thought it would be best to share some ideas and thoughts to get your family’s Holistic Medicine Cabinet in order.

I am not a doctor or a naturopath so I will not recommend any homeopathic remedies, super vitamin combos or over and behind the counter magic; but I can give you some ideas for your cupboards and fridge.  By the way I just recommend brands/products that I have come across, I have no affiliations nor do I sell anything 😉

The very best thing is to feed your child fresh food and a diet that has a lot of variety.

Make sure that every day your child gets fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, a healthy source of protein, good healthy fats and organic dairy products.

Also make sure that you and your kids wash your hands, keep fingers out of noses & mouths and get plenty of rest

Here are some ideas to supplement your cupboard…

By the way Mom & Dad, these are good for parents too, just buy the adult formulas…

Probiotics – You have heard of probiotics in yogurt, and there are plenty of commercials touting the benefits of this healthy bacteria.  Probiotic is a bacteria that lives in the intestines.  It helps digest food, synthesize vitamins and prevent/help diarrhea as well as boost immunity.  Make sure your 10 month old baby eats lots of plain organic yogurt.  I would also recommend getting  an infant probiotic and give this to your infant once a day during cold and flu season; just follow the directions on the bottle.  You cannot overdo it with probiotics. Double the dose for a couple of days if your child is constipated, gets diarrhea or is prescribed antibiotics (which kill probiotics).  You can find these in the refrigerator section of your health food store.

Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin.  You were probably prescribed this Vitamin when you brought your baby home from the hospital.  It is an important vitamin, especially in winter when we get little sunshine.  Not only does this vitamin help develop strong bones & teeth and prevent cancer, studies are showing that it helps prevent colds and flu.  It is hard to get the recommended Vitamin D from fish liver, butter and egg yolks!  I know that many new mothers are given a red liquid supplement in a long dropper that babies tend not to like.  I would recommend buying something like Carlson’s Baby D Drops.  One drop has all the Vitamin D your baby needs, just put a drop on your nipple, a bottle nipple or your finger; it is a lot easier to give to your baby.  I found these in my neighbourhood pharmacy, you could also ask at your health food store.

Vitamin C – We all know that Vitamin C is good for colds, but do you know why?  It does lots of things but when it comes to colds it enhances immunity and protects the body from infection.  If you are buying a Vitamin C supplement, get an Ester-C , this kind of Vitamin C enters the bloodstream, cells and tissues much faster than other forms.  I have not looked for a baby friendly Vitamin C, choosing instead to make sure that my son’s Vitamin C comes from berries, citrus fruit and dark green vegetables.

Fish Oil – (Omega 3’s) – Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for immunity, brain development, healthy tissues, proper fat metabolism, lots & lots.  Omega 3s are deficient in the North American Diet.  Taking a fish oil helps your child stay healthy year-round. I like Natural Factors Learning Factors.  It comes in a Lemon-Lime flavour.  If you have a family history of fish allergies, or are concerned about giving a child under one-year fish products, try flax oil instead.

Here are some things to consider when your child gets a cold.

  • Dairy increases stuffiness & phlegm production, so no dairy if your little one has a runny nose or cough
  • Oranges also increase stuffiness & phlegm, so even though you might be tempted to give your child some oranges, try mango or apple instead
  • Sugar decreases immunity, so no treats.  That’s right, no Ginger Ale (in one can there are 8 tsp of sugar!!!!).  Instead try herbal tea, fresh fruit, lots of hugs & kisses
  • Lemon is high in vitamin C and for some odd reason many children love lemon!?!?  Try giving your one-year old a slice to try
  • It is important to drink lots & lots of fluid.  Water is choice number one.  Herbal Tea is a good way to add variety.  If you must give juice, be sure to water it down

Good Luck this cold & flu season!  If you have any other ideas to share, I would love to get your comments!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mamaloves  |  October 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I went out and bought vitamin D drops yesterday for my 13 month old girls. Can I add a drop to their morning milk?

    Reply
    • 2. lkmnut  |  October 20, 2009 at 8:58 am

      Yes! That’s a great way, you can also put the drop on your (clean!) finger and stick it right in their mouth!

      Reply

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