Children and the common cold
Get your children’s immune system ready! 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.
Children pick up bugs easily. The average adult will get a cold or flu 2 to 4 times a year whereas children are two times more likely to be affected by these viral infections. Why is this so? Why is the immune resistance to infection lower in a child? Follow our tips to help strengthen your child's immune system, to help them fight off bugs before they develop an infection.
The immune system in children compared to adults
The immune system of a child is not as strong that of an adult. Babies are born with an immature immune system. As they grow, so does their level of immunity and it reaches maturity in the early teenage years.
So how does a child’s immune system fight infection?
In the first days and months of life, immune system cells and infection fighting molecules called antibodies are passed from the mother to child via breast milk. This is nature’s way of keeping the infant as healthy as possible, and one of the many important reasons why one should breastfeed a baby if possible.
As children become older, they become exposed to more and more bugs. While it is painful to see your child ill with a cold and blocked nose, or even a fever, this is simply nature’s way of educating the young immune system.
This learning process takes many years and even when children are in nursery or the first years of school, they are still susceptible to colds, viruses and other infective illnesses. This is the reason that a room filled with children under the age of 10 is the perfect breeding ground for infection.
Ear infection from a cold...
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.
Tips for children
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Hebs that help
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.
Echinaforce Junior can be taken with conventional medications such as antibiotics, children’s acetaminophen, etc. To help relieve severe ear pain, a few drops of Aromaforce essential oil of peppermint can be applied behind the ears.
What to do for cough?
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.
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