Keeping Kids Well Over Winter – KK WOW!

While it’s almost inevitable your child will get a couple of colds this winter, it is possible to keep the impact and disruption to a minimum.

Schools and day care centres become ‘hubs of bugs’ and a child’s developing immune system cannot be expected to deal with the persistent attacks. Give them a helping hand with some of these immune boosting strategies.

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Healthy snacks can be the key to keeping your child’s nutritional state optimal. Take your pick from fresh seasonal fruit, dried fruit, vegetable sticks, eg carrot, cucumber and capsicum with hommus, rice crackers or yoghurt smoothies.

Immune Strengthening Supplements

Vitamin C is still the single best nutrient for a healthy immune system. The best dietary sources are blackcurrants, oranges, kiwi fruit, blueberries & capsicum. Therapeutic doses of vitamin C are available in chewable tablets and fortified drinks & powders.
Herbal tonics can be made up for children’s unique constitutions and tendencies. Sometimes it is appropriate to take a small preventative dose every day. It is definitely helpful to shake off any lingering ailments before winter starts.

Winter Wellness

Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy Wash HandsInfectious bugs are the enemy and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Washing hands before food and disposing of ‘discharges’ effectively is helpful at home and at school.  Leave a pack of tissues in your child’s school bag and bin the used ones immediately.
Teaching children to catch sneezes with their elbow crease can be a fun new game to play! Staying inside with a heater will eventually dry out the skin and mucous membranes. Consider trying natural, chemical free soaps and cleansers that won’t strip away the skin’s natural oils and protective mechanisms.
Exercise is an important part of strengthening the immune system, so don’t be discouraged by the cold weather – rug up warmly and head outside to play.

Even though there may be plenty of used tissues, muddy feet, and chilly weather, winter is a season to enjoy hearty home cooked meals.  A favourite from Your Wellness Centre is:

Winter Fruit Salad
A light breakfast that is ideal for chilly winter mornings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • ½ cup dr. peaches or nectarines
  • ½ cup prunes

Directions:

  • Combine oats, fruit, juice, cinnamon, cloves, honey and rind. Bring to the boil, cover and leave overnight.
  • Remove cinnamon stick.
  • Serve topped with yoghurt and almonds, ¼ cup raisins, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp finely grated orange rind (no pith), a piece of cinnamon stick,  pinch of ground cloves,  200g natural, low-fat yoghurt, 1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds.

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Health Tips for Kids

Give your Child a Head Start at school

Child, Kid, Play, Tranquil, Study, Color, Write, LearnThe first day back at school can be quite frightening! There are many new faces, new rules and so much new information for your kids to take in. The new school year always presents children with a new set of challenges and new academic milestones to be achieved. A great way to support your kids during this period is to give them some extra nutritional support for optimal brain health.

Support Mental Focus and Behaviour with Fish Oils

Support of children’s brain health has to start with the basics: a fish oil supplement and a multivitamin and mineral formula. The omega-3 essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are vital for the developing brain. Most children do not eat enough oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines, so if you are looking for an easy way to get the essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, into your children’s diet then come in and discuss some of the great tasting options available.

Nutrients for the Brain

To support the brain, certain vitamins and minerals are required, including zinc, magnesium, iron, B vitamins, folate and vitamin C. Iron is a key nutrient for the brain, and is essential for energy production. Iron is commonly deficient in children, leading to lethargy, irritability, apathy, fatigue and an inability to concentrate. A high-quality multivitamin and mineral is a great way to provide all the essential key nutrients required for general wellbeing and to support healthy brain development. If you are interested in providing your child with some extra nutritional support, we have a number of options we can discuss with you.

Improve Kids’ Concentration

Learning, Development, Looking, People, Child, ReadingHerbs that support mental performance and nervous function include brahmi, ginkgo and gotu kola. These herbs have been shown to improve memory and learning in children by improving their focus and resilience under pressure. These herbs may be particularly helpful if your children have poor concentration. All these herbs are available from this clinic in a great-tasting chocolate-flavoured powder that you can mix with water or milk.

Is the new school year Stressing your Kids out?

If your child becomes stressed and anxious at the prospect of the new school year, a combination of calming herbs may be helpful. The herb passionflower can help to calm children whilst improving focus and behaviour. German chamomile is another great herb for children to gently calm their anxiety. Other nutrients such as magnesium and calcium also play a role in normal sleeping patterns and nervous system function. These herbs and minerals are also available at our clinic in a pleasant tasting powdered form.

Simple Health Tips to Improve your Children’s school year

As well as the supplements discussed, there are some simple things you can do to help your kids cope with all the challenges and excitement of the new school year.

Eggs - Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy Melbourne•  Make sure your children eat a nutritious breakfast – there are many cereals out there that contain high levels of sugar, which can affect their concentration. Choose a healthy whole-grain cereal for their breakfast. Eggs are also a great way to start the day, as the protein can help to maintain healthy blood sugar levels throughout the morning.

•  Get your children off to bed at a reasonable time. Children need more sleep than adults and lack of sleep can affect their learning.

•  Get into a regular routine and stick to it; this will make the start and end of the day less stressful for both you and your children.

•  Encourage your kids to talk about their day. This helps them develop their communication skills and can give you valuable insight into how they are going. If you sense any problems, discuss it with their teacher.

If you would like to discuss ways to give your children the best start to their new school year, then come in and see us today. We can specifically tailor solutions to meet the needs of your children to help them get through their new school year.

If you would like to discuss ways to give your children the best start to their new school year, then make an appointment with one of our naturopaths. We can specifically tailor solutions to meet the needs of your children to help them get through the school year.

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