Colds And Flu

How To Help Children And Youth That Suffer From Colds And Flu: Frequent And Long

Occasional colds and flus are a necessary part of growing up, giving the body a chance to cleanse and readjust. Without help, frequent colds and flus can become a bigger challenge debilitating the body and leading to ear infections, stomach and/or intestinal illnesses. All this illness takes up time better used learning/playing, further affecting vitality and success in living and learning. Colds and flus can be due to a combination of: genetic factors; nutrition, vitamin and mineral imbalances; family patterns, exposure to environmental pollutants; lack of exercise; prolonged stress; breathing challenges; weakened immune system; disorganization of the body and mind as a result of trauma. If the child or youth is having frequent, long-lasting flus and colds it is important to see a health practitioner. It is normal for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to get up to eight colds a year. School age children can average up to six colds a year. Teens and adults can get up to four a year. Strong, healthy children & youth get over their colds quickly. All this is part of the body adjusting to new germs and viruses. Very frequent runny noses can be a sign of allergic reactions to something.

First, We Would Investigate

Second, We Would Investigate

For Long Term Support
We Would Investigate

  • Western Medicine
  • Osteopathy
  • Nutritional Education
  • Massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurveda
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Ayurveda
  • Herbology
  • Homeopathy
  • Chiropractic
  • Environmentally Healthy Homes
  • Yoga
  • Aikido
  • Light Therapy
  • Craniosacral
  • Biofeedback
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Aikido
  • Aromatherapy
  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Music Lessons
  • Drumming
  • Expressive Arts.

On Our Own We Would Try: • Replace sodas, juices, sugars, fats, fast foods with water, veggies, whole grains, nuts, protein, fruit, slow food • Long Walks/Hikes • Bedtime Stories and Chats • Wholesome Pleasures • Back Rubs and Foot Massages • Nature • Pets • Less or No TV, Movies, Video/Computer Games

For Parents: • Hand washing habits help prevent the spread of colds, flu, etc, even within families. • Sneezing and coughing manners and face masks can also help. • Careful dish washing helps as well.

•The healing professions of the world agree that massage, exercise, movement, happiness, fresh air and good food build healthy bodies that can resist illness and recover faster. • All the time and especially during cold/flu times, encourage drinking lots of water; avoid juices and sodas; limit sugar intake. Offer your child or youth more vegetables than fruit. • Differences of opinion exist on whether to provide a high or low protein, high bulk/low bulk diet during colds. • You have to find what works to help your child or youth recover quickly. • Return the child to regular activities as soon as possible. • Make sure your child is not exposed to second hand smoke and other air pollutants. • Going to small daycare centers and schools can help reduce the number of exposures and infections.

•Avoid anti-bacterial soaps and wipes. These keep children, youth and adults from being exposed to the minimal amounts of bacteria they need to develop natural immunities.

Check out: www.MedLinePlus.gov; www.KidsHealth.org.

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