Here’s my take home message for you right out of the gates – kids get sick, it’s normal! As a society, we have gotten so caught up in the idea of cleanliness and perfection that we think our kids should be exempt from getting sick. I’m here to tell you that getting sick is a part of life and there are steps you can take to help your kids (and yourself) build up their immunity so that they don’t get sick as often.
It’s Time To Shift Our Perspective: We have become a society that immediately suppresses any symptoms of illness. If our child has a runny nose, we give them medication. If they have a headache, we give them ibuprofen. And so on and so forth. But what if I told you that these common childhood illnesses are actually our bodies' way of building up immunity?
Yes, it stinks when your child is sick. But if we take a step back and look at the big picture, we can see that these illnesses are actually beneficial for our children in the long run. By suppressing these illnesses with medication, we are actually doing more harm than good because we are not allowing our children’s bodies to do what they were designed to do – build up immunity.
Autumn and winter are prime time for sickness because the cold and flu season overlaps with the holiday season. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years all within close proximity of each other, it’s no wonder why so many people get sick during this time of year! Between travel, family gatherings and school parties, there are ample opportunities for germs to spread like wildfire.
So now that we know why it’s important to let kids get sick (within reason), what can we do as parents to help our kids build up their immunity?
Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (and teach your kids to do the same!) This is probably the number one defense against getting sick.
Make sure your kids are getting enough sleep. Sleep is when our bodies repair themselves so it’s important to make sure they are getting enough rest.
Eat nutrient-rich foods. A well-rounded diet will help keep your child healthy overall which will in turn help them fight off sickness when they are exposed to germs.
Reduce stress levels. Stress weakens our immune system so it’s important to find ways to reduce stress in your child’s life.
Make sure they are getting enough exercise. Exercise helps improve circulation which helps distribute infection-fighting cells throughout the body more effectively.
Limit sugar intake. Sugar suppresses the immune system so it’s important to limit sugary foods and drinks (including fruit juices!).
Regular adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments are the cheat code. They’re not even a cheat code. They are literally required in our family for well being because stress is a part of life
Now I am not saying that you should never take your child to see a doctor or give them medication if they are sick – there are absolutely times when traditional medical treatment is necessary. However, I believe that these treatments should be used as a last resort after all other natural remedies have been exhausted because all medications come with side effects (some more serious than others). In my opinion, it is always better to try natural remedies first and then move on to traditional medical treatments if necessary rather than immediately go for the medicated option.
Kids will get sick – it’s inevitable! But by following some simple steps, you can help your kids build up their immunity so that they don’t get sick as often. Wash hands frequently, make sure they are getting enough sleep and exercise, limit sugar intake and eat nutrient-rich foods. These simple steps will go a long way in helping your child (and yourself) stay healthy during cold and flu season!
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