The daycare sickness merry-go-round can be exhausting - it seems you just get your little one well again in time to go back to daycare and to pick up something else that is going around. Not only are their little immune systems taking a battering but yours probably is as well, not to mention all the sick leave days that are being used up in the meantime.
So, what can we do to try and jump off this crazy ride?
We need to support their immune systems (& that of the whole family would be a good idea too).
I always like to start with the gut - did you know that approximately 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive system? This really highlights how important it is that we have good gut health. Probiotics are a great way to do this - not all probiotics are the same, there are many different strains, so working with a practitioner is a great way to determine the right probiotics for you or for your little one. Probiotics come in either tablet or powder form so are actually really easy to give to toddlers, or babies for that matter.
Another great way to support gut health is with nourishing bone broths - not only are they packed with vitamins and minerals they are also a great source of collagen and gelatin which is extremely restorative on the mucus membrane of your digestive tract. These are excellent to enjoy when sick to help get back on top of things but to also include into your daily diet to ensure good health. These can be drunk on their own or you can sneak them into other foods, smoothies for example, so they are definitely friendly for the whole family.
One of the advantages of natural medicine is that it is not just to treat illness, but improve your own natural immune defences. This means that you will be more capable of warding off any new pathogens that try to make your body their home! With herbal medicine we have so many beautiful plants to utilse to create a perfect immune tonic that is designed for each person individually. Some of my favourites (it is very hard to pick favourites) include Rosehip, Elderberry, Echinacea, Andrographis and Liqourice.
My little boy who is almost two and a half loves his herbs - we take them together everyday - the amount little people need is so small and they can be mixed with water (warm water can help take the edge off any taste) or fruit juice. We make it a game - we shake the bottle together and drink it at the sink. I think involving them and making them think its a wonderful thing to do, rather than taking medicine, is the best approach to take.
Vitamin D is a strong immune modulator and in Australia many of us are actually Vitamin D deficient (it sounds crazy, I know). As well as vitamin D synthesis in the skin we can also obtain it from dietary intake - salmon, tuna, cod liver oil and sardines for example are sources of this nutrient, we also have many quality supplements to choose from. I like one that comes in liquid form - a small spray in the mouth is all that is needed to get the correct dose (and it doesn't taste gross).
A good wholesome diet is really the best medicine to support a healthy immune system - think colourful foods such as blueberries, raspberries, avocado and sweet potato, and natural immune boosters such as onion, garlic and turmeric. But if diet is a struggle, which it can often be with toddlers, we are also able to use specific multivitamin mixes designed especially for little people. The last thing anyone wants to do with a toddler is to make life more difficult so my aim is to always have a treatment plan that is designed with the less amount of fuss and the most amount of fun (for everyone).
Why not have a chat with me today on what we can do to support your families health??