When it comes to our children’s health, we want to give them the very best start in life possible. Coughs, colds, fevers and tummy upsets are common occurrences during childhood and while they are usually short-lived, sometimes a pattern of illness may appear.
Children are particularly susceptible to conditions affecting the lymphatic system, like tonsilitis and ear infections. Repeated illness and concurrent antibiotic treatment can be detrimental to young immune systems and affect gut health. So what are the alternatives?
Natural medicine supports long-term relief from infection
Many natural remedies have strong antimicrobial properties. Herbs such as Echinacea, Golden Seal, Myhrr, St John’s Wort and Elder all have a long history of being used effectively for childhood complaints.
Probiotics are a gentle and effective treatment for strengthening little immune systems, while also supporting gastrointestinal and nervous system development. The microbiome of a child does harbour different populations in comparison to adults, but there are plenty of products available that cater for children and infants.
Vitamin C and zinc are commonly used for acute episodes of illness, or can be utilised throughout cold and flu season to support immunity. Other childhood complaints, like teething, sleeplessness, hyperactivity and growing pains can also be treated naturally. Calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and fish oils are very effective at supporting brain and nervous system function, and these nutrients are also essential for growth.
Other factors affecting children’s health.
Proper diet is essential for all children, and should be largely based on fresh fruit, vegetables, high quality protein, and good fats. Processed and sugary foods should be avoided where possible. Soft drinks should be avoided altogether. Clinical research shows that good eating habits at a young age support a reduction in risk for obesity and chronic disease in later life. (1) Adequate sleep is important for children of all ages, as is outside play time, plenty of fresh air and limiting screen hours (laptop, TV & tablets) to 1 hour a day.
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As with all natural medicine, herbs and supplements should only be administered under the care of a qualified natural health practitioner.
(1)Krushnapriya. Sahoo et al. (2015) Childhood obesity: causes and consequencces. Journal of Family Medical Primary Care. 4(2): 187–192.