Michael van Straten
Michael van Straten

Beat The Back To School Bugs

You dashed round the shops buying the new school uniform, trainers, pens, pencil cases and sports bags, but did you spare a thought for your child’s mental performance and immune defences. As they set off for school for the first time or get ready to go back after the long summer holidays they’re going to be exposed to a range of bugs which they haven’t met before.

Their young bodies won’t have the natural immunity to protect them and within the first few weeks in the classroom they’re liable to go down with coughs, sneezes, tummy upsets and sore throats – they are likely to catch between 7 and 10 colds each year, equating to a massive 16 million lost school days! By taking action now you can help build up their natural defences and so increase their self-protection. You can also help them to achieve their maximum academic potential by including fish oils, oily fish and other essential nutrients in their diets.

Few parents in the western world would consider that their children didn’t have enough to eat but the fact is that lots of youngsters, although over-fed are also under-nourished, with too many empty calories and not enough basic, high quality food - our society has produced a junk-food generation, weaned on chocolate bars and hamburgers. Processed, packaged, instant and convenience foods are not only expensive but poor in the nutrients essential for both brain and body.

Maximise your children’s immunity by ensuring they eat a healthy balanced diet - including fresh fruit and vegetables - every day. Vitamin and mineral supplements are available in children’s doses; they aren’t a substitute for healthy eating, but an extra 500 mg of vitamin C in winter is essential if your child won’t eat fresh fruit and useful as extra health insurance even if they do.

Surprisingly, our modern obsession with cleanliness and hygiene may have quite a lot to do with the lack of resistance which so many youngsters seem to have at the start of their school life.

Recent studies have shown that children from homes which are disinfected from top to bottom twice daily, where household pets are banished to the garden shed, where the only outside activity is a walk with mum and dad and only selected friends visit the house, appear to be the most susceptible to every cold, ’flu and other bug going round the school.

On the other hand, kids who play in the street with lots of others, who get their hands in the dirt and love making mud pies, whose homes are clean but not "sterile" and who like nothing better than romping in the garden with the family dog, have much greater resistance which they have built up through contact with a wide variety of germs and consequently suffer less infectious illness once they get to school.

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but obsessive hygiene is the first step to the doctor’s waiting room.

Six Superfoods

Apples: This crunchy treat supplies energy, improves resistance, does wonders for the digestive system and nourishes nerves – the skin is especially nutrient-rich.

Dried fruit: Dates, figs, raisins, sultanas: nourishing and highly energising, they assist digestion and supply useful minerals like iron and calcium.

Oats: Good brain-food and wonderful nourishment for the nervous system too. Porridge is the breakfast of heroes, traditionally eaten before the rigours of a long day’s hunting or battling.

Free range or organic eggs: Great fast food for hungry children, eggs supply protein, iron and zinc and calcium, vitamin A to build resistance and vitamin E

Sardines: Another great brain-food - and good for bodies too since they’re loaded with iron and zinc, plus lots of calcium - persuade children to crunch up the bones.

Wholewheat bread: or baps or pitta breads or crackers - whichever. a schoolchild’s diet needs the protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre generously supplied by whole wheat.

How your kids can beat the bugs

Here are some top tips and herbal remedies to help you and your kids fight the cold war at school:

1) Remind your children to wash their hands thoroughly. The Centre for Disease Control recommends washing hands with soap and water for 15 to 20 seconds, or long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.

2) Provide your Children with a pocket-size pack of tissues - and teach them to Catch It, Bin It, Kill It.

3) For children as young as 6 +, Kaloba Syrup® is a fully-licensed traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections including common cold, such as sore throat, cough and blocked or runny nose, exclusively based upon long-standing use.

The pleasant tasting and easy to take sugar-free syrup should be given at first sign of a cold to shorten duration and lessen the symptoms including sore throat, cough, runny and blocked nose. The natural remedy is registered and regulated by the MHRA for safety and quality, offering parents peace of mind when choosing a suitable remedy for their children.

Kaloba Syrup is suitable for children under the age of 12 and is safe for use by asthma sufferers.

Studies have shown that Kaloba® has a triple action effect:
1) Anti-viral: stimulates killer t-cell production, they attack viruses
2) Anti-bacterial: prevents attachment and multiplication of bacteria and viruses
3) Removes mucus more effectively from nasal passages

It contains a unique extract of Pelargonium sidoides and is the No.1 over-the-counter cough and cold remedy in Germany.

Kaloba® is the most widely researched herbal cough and cold medicine worldwide and is suitable for hildren aged 6 - 12 years:
Take 5ml of syrup three times daily (morning, midday, evening). Adults and children over 12 years: Take 7.5ml of syrup three times daily.

Kaloba Syrup 100ml costs £7.99 and is available from Boots. For further details visit www.kaloba.co.uk

Always read the label.


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