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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Natural Ways To Prepare For Cough And Flu Season

Natural strategies if your child gets sick

       Article provided By Bill Sears, MD, America’s Pediatrician. Products provided by Sambucol

 No parent likes to see their child sick. Having a sick child to care for can disrupt your day. If you are a mom who works outside the home, that means you have to take time off from work to take care of the sick child. If the child attends school, they are not able to attend school. You as a parent get little sleep as you tend to the child and the child is just plain miserable. So I would love to share some tips that I received from Bill Sears, MD. I had the pleasure of being able to meet Bill Sears, MD in person last fall at a Moms Meet Wow Summit and he is a man with lots of experience as a pediatrician and a parent. Bill Sears, MD is noted for his science-made-simple-and-fun approach to family health and believes that a healthy diet and natural products are best for kids when it comes to kids and colds. So enjoy an article that he wrote and I hope you get some great advice for keeping your kids well.

Natural strategies if your child gets sick

 There’s never a convenient time for your child to get sick. While missed school (and work!) days are going to happen, there are steps you can take to minimize them. As a pediatrician and a parent, I’m eager to share strategies to support their immune system so they’ll be less likely to get sick in the first place. I’m also including simple ways to address your child’s cough and cold symptoms that don’t involve medication.

My family loves Black Elderberry for coughs and colds
 When my child starts coughing he will ask for the Sambucol Black Elderberry syrup. 

 The best prevention strategy is a simple regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and good nutrition. Help your family maintain a healthy diet, packed with vitamins and nutrients including immune-boosting foods such as fish, citrus fruits and leafy vegetables, to help prevent the onset of illness. And stock up on items such as tissues, vitamin C, throat lozenges, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant spray. Keep them in one handy place to make illness prevention even easier.

Other strategies include:

 Wash hands often and properly: According to the CDC, hand washing is the most effective way to stay healthy. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently to help kill the viruses and bacteria they may have collected. Have them use regular soap and warm water to scrub their hands including the back of their hands, in between fingers and under nails for 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based gel if soap and water are not available. Remind your child to sneeze and cough into the crux of their elbow and to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose, and mouth.

 Disinfect to protect: Kids can touch and retouch more than 300 surfaces in just 30 minutes. You can help protect family members from picking up and spreading germs with their hands by spraying commonly touched surfaces and objects with a disinfectant after cleaning. Regular disinfection will help kill cold- and flu-causing viruses and bacteria before anyone in your family gets sick.

Start the whole family on daily superfruit protection. Black elderberries are one of nature’s richest sources of pigments called anthocyanins which have a remarkable ability to stimulate the body’s immune system. The best-researched form is Sambucol, available in great-tasting pectin-based Gummies, which is the original black elderberry supplement used during cough/cold season for natural immune support.

My boys love Black Elderberry Gummies!
  I boost my boy's immunity during cough and flu season with Black Elderberry Gummies. 

Natural strategies if your child gets sick

 If your child’s cold symptoms are not interfering with his sleep or daily activity, then you probably don’t need to use medication. Often the most effective treatments for colds are “non-medical” such as nasal saline spray, hot steam and simply drinking plenty of fluids.

Cold & Flu Honey Lemon Ginger Tea is great for fluids

Think before you use medication 

This is also important to note because all bottles of cold and cough meds that have dosing labels for kids under 2 have been taken off the shelves and are no longer available. Manufacturers have also just declared that these meds should not be used in children under 4 years of age.

 The reason for this is two-fold: First, there have been a number of infants and young children harmed by accidental overdoses of these meds when a parent mixed different meds together OR gave too high a dose, this is the reason that the FDA decided to step in and make them no longer available. Second, there has been very little research done on young kids to prove that cold and cough meds are safe and/or effective. Even though they seem to work well and rarely cause any problems when dosed properly, the FDA felt it was prudent to put a hold on their use until further safety and efficacy data become available, and we agree.

Sambucol has a great taste that kids love

Some things you might try instead include:

Steam cleaning: For coughs, running noses and congestion, give your child steam, steam, and more steam. For infants and young children, turn the bathroom into a steam room with the door closed and the shower on full hot. Sit in there for 10 or 15 minutes. For older children, use a facial steamer or pot of hot water (carefully!). The steam will help loosen the nose and chest congestion and help your child cough it up or blow it out. Do this steam cleaning every morning and before bed, as well as during the day if possible. Clap the chest and back. While you sit in the bathroom steaming, clap on your child’s chest and back (where the lungs are) firmly (harder than burping) with an open hand. This helps shake the mucus loose so your child can cough it up better.

Sleep upright: If possible, encourage your child to sleep in a slightly upright position. This allows for easier breathing during sleep.

Clear out their nose: For older children, it is crucial to have them blow their nose several times during a steam cleaning, as well as frequently throughout the day. Getting out all the junk will help prevent this from turning into a bacterial infection. An alternative to steaming is to use a nasal decongestant spray to loosen up the nasal congestion before blowing it out. For infants too young to blow their nose, you can suction them out using a blue rubber bulb syringe.

Drink twice as much liquid as usual: This will help to thin secretions and prevent dehydration.

 If you choose to use medication to treat coughs and colds, do so only when the symptoms are interfering with your child’s daily life or keeping them, or you, awake at night. It’s okay to let your child cough several times an hour during the day. It is better for her to cough up the mucus so it doesn’t sit in her lungs. It is also better to tolerate a runny nose or some nasal congestion during the day if it isn’t bothering your child.

 Always contact your doctor if you have a gut feeling that your child is unusually ill, or if her symptoms worsen or don’t improve after more than four days. Persistent high fever, dehydration, severe cough with chest pain and shortness of breath, or a severe headache with a stiff, painful back-of-the-neck and persistent vomiting may be signs that something more serious is going on.

This mom loves that Black Elderberry comes in many forms 

About the author: 
William Sears, M.D. William Sears, M.D., has been advising parents on how to raise healthier families for over 40 years. He received his medical training at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the world’s largest children’s hospital, where he was associate ward chief of the newborn intensive care unit before serving as the chief of pediatrics at Toronto Western Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. He has served as a professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and University of California: Irvine. A father of 8 children, he and his wife Martha have written more than 45 books and hundreds of articles on parenting, childcare, nutrition, and healthy aging. He is the co-founder of the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute for training health coaches, and he runs the health and parenting website AskDrSears.com. Dr. Sears and his contribution to family health were featured on the cover of TIME
Magazine in May 2012. He is noted for his science-made-simple-and-fun approach to family health.


Cristina Petrini said...

How I like it when they find so useful and healthy found in a way that also pleases children!

Jesusa Gilliam said...

Perfect timing, both of my boy woke up with a bad cough this morning. I will be purchasing Sambucol and maybe even try the gummies as well. Thank you for sharing.

GiGi said...

I take probiotics and vitamin D - that keeps me healthy :)

Annie said...

I'd love to try all the black elderberry products, especially the gummies! I love that these are natural methods! I hate medication!

Chelle Dizon said...

You are absolutely correct. We really have to rest, eat healthy and avoid stress so that our immune system will be stronger.

Brittany Vantrease said...

These are great tips! My whole family has gotten sick in rounds. It's passed through us twice and other medications didn't do a lot to help.

Neha said...

Your tips will be super helpful to me right now as I am suffering from a cold and it sucks! I need to take good care of myself, phewww!

Cindy Ingalls said...

Natural remedies are so beneficial when fighting a cold. I always add some honey and ginger to my tea because they are so soothing and really do make you feel better.

Latebylattes said...

Thank you for this. I've always love new natural remedies. I get sick often, and i hate taking medicine.

Jennifer said...

It is better for her to cough up the mucus so it doesn’t sit in her lungs. It is also better to tolerate a runny nose or some nasal congestion during the day if it isn’t bothering your child. stdcheck coupon

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