Children catch an average of 6 to 10 colds every year. Children are more susceptible to colds than adults because they haven’t built up enough specific immunity to fight the many different cold viruses and they don’t have the same reflexes as adults when it comes to hygiene.
In children, a cold can easily lead to an ear infection because their Eustachian tubes are shorter and more horizontal than those of adults. As many as 75% of children develop an ear infection before the age of 3.
Ear infections are often accompanied by a cold or teething. Most ear infections are resolved within 7 to 14 days, but in some cases they can recur or become chronic. Liquid remaining in the middle ear after an infection can lead to recurring ear infections and even a loss of hearing. A.Vogel’s Echinaforce Junior is the perfect remedy for all kinds of infections. Like other A.Vogel products derived from Echinacea purpurea, Echinaforce Junior is an immune system stimulant that has been proven to help fight off both viral and bacterial infections. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Research clearly shows that Echinacea purpurea helps rid children of cold and flu symptoms faster and reduces the risk of recurrence. Taken preventively, it also increases the time between infections.
Teach your children to wash their hands thoroughly and try to convince them to do so on a regular basis!!!! It’s important to drink plenty of water, rather than juice. Make sure your kids get sufficient rest when tired and that they eat only when hungry. It also helps to avoid mucus-forming foods such as dairy products, oats, white flour and bananas. Reduce their intake of refined sugar as it can suppress their immune system, making it less effective. To help relieve severe ear pain, a few drops of Aromaforce essential oil of peppermint can be applied behind the ears.
For a persistent cough, the best remedy is A.Vogel’s Soothing Cough Syrup. Made from the juice of fresh Spruce buds, it soothes the throat, reduces spasms and inflammation and dilutes secretions, making it easier to discharge mucus. It contains natural sugars that act as an expectorant and help dilute secretions for up to 2 hours. These sugars have the added advantage of making the product more pleasant tasting for children.