Bacteria and viruses run amok in daycares, schools, buses, and playgrounds. When children go back to school, they are exposed to so many more germs from all their fellow classmates. And let’s face it, nothing is worse than waking up in the middle of the night to your child who is sick.
There are preventative measures you can take to avoid your child missing school because they are sick and to avoid calling off work.
Let’s go over a few:
First and foremost, washing hands is the number one way to prevent the spreading of germs. Teach your children to always wash their hands after the bathroom and before they eat. You can also purchase travel size anti-bacterial foam that they can keep in their backpack, locker, or cubby (as long as the school permits so).
Have your child drink from their own water bottle at school and do their best to avoid drinking from the water fountain where children put their mouths on it.
Have you child take a good quality multi-vitamin. The vitamin should be free of artificial colors, artificial flavoring, and artificial sweeteners like sucralose. These ingredients are listed under the “other ingredient” section of the label. I like the Garden of Life: MyKind Kids Multiple, or Carlson Kids Chewables Vitamin and Minerals. (I am not affiliated with either company, I just know from personal experience).
Vitamin D is very important to support the immune system. Even from infancy! An infant Vitamin D liquid should be free from the ingredients that I mentioned above. Be sure to ready the label! I have seen pediatricians give patients liquid Vitamin D that had caramel coloring in it! Infants can take 400 IU/day. School age children can take up to 1000 IU/day. You get also have your child get their Vitamin D tested through the blood to be sure they are optimal.
Lauricidin is another very important and powerful supplement that is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral that your child should take. This supplement is all natural and is derived from the coconut plant. The actual supplement looks like sunflower seeds but it is white. Your child can take 1/2 scoop a day. This can be increased to 1 scoop a day during flu season or if they get sick. You can mix it with applesauce or peanut butter. But don’t put it in the blender.
Vitamin C should be taken on a daily basis. Your child can take 500 mg-1000mg on a daily basis. If they take too much, it can cause diarrhea. If this occurs, just reduce it or spread it out more.
The suggestions I have made are general guidelines. Of course, each child is different and may need to be seen by a doctor right away. These preventative measures will hopefully get you through the school year with minimal sickness and days off. Save those days off for fun!
The information in this post has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.