Nourish - 3 Supportive Supplements to Aid Your Child’s Immunity
As parents, you certainly won’t be the only ones with kids coming home with snotty noses, coughs and sneezes. Especially at this time of year. That’s where this blog on 3 Supportive Supplements to Aid Your Child’s Immunity comes into play!
If you’re looking for something to help ward off further runny noses during this change of season, and into the next, you’re in the right place.
Here are 3 Supportive Supplements to Aid Your Child’s Immunity
Multivitamin and Mineral formulars
Providing nutritional support for your child is number one in supporting their immunity. This, however, can be tricky if your kids are in the stage where yesterday they loved broccoli and today they detest it. Or, they would rather chow down on white bread and Nutella than take a look at your seedy sourdough loaf.
That’s where Revive Active Junior lends a hand. Unsurprisingly, growing children need a wide range of nutrients and vitamins to help keep them at their best, most mentally and physically. Revive Active Junior supplements were developed in Ireland with 22 active ingredients in every sachet.
This unflavoured supplement is easily added to your child’s favourite juice or smoothie and is designed for children aged 4-12 years of age. Enriched with Wellmune®, Junior Revive was specially formulated to support a growing child’s physical and psychological needs.
Of a similar ilk, the Nuzest Kids Good Stuff is an alternative to the typical capsule or tablet-style multivitamins. It’s designed to provide complete nutritional support for growing bodies and minds. Kids Good Stuff is more than just a multivitamin – it also contains minerals, pre and probiotics, digestive enzymes, veggies, berries and greens.
It’s also really easy to take as you just stir, blend or shake one serve (two scoops) in water, milk or a dairy-free alternative. As supplements go for aiding your child’s immunity, you’re on to a good one here. It’s also really easy to mix this into snack bars and treats. Check out their website for ideas!
Kids Good Stuff is not designed to be a replacement for food, but it’s wonderfully supportive to fill any dietary gaps. This product has been developed to help meet the nutritional requirements of children aged between 4 and 14. It’s recommended that children over 14 move on to the adult formula, Good Green Vitality.
Our gut microbiome is vital for keeping our immune system happy and healthy. Friendly bacteria live in the intestinal tract. Currently, it’s understood that about 70 per cent of the immune system resides within the gut and that having a wide variety of beneficial bacteria is essential to staying healthy.
The balance of friendly:unfriendly bacteria is very likely to come under attack from a variety of sources, whether it’s poor diet, stress, another sick child, poor hygiene habits and so on. When the bad bacteria tips the balance in its favour, this causes intestinal microflora imbalances that can lead to general un-wellness. This may include sickness, thrush, digestive problems, IBS symptoms and even skin problems.
As kids go back to school, it is likely that at some point, their guts will be affected in one way or another. That’s why it’s really helpful to top them up with naturally fermented foods like kefir, yoghurt and fermented veggies. But who am I kidding? It took me years to eat sauerkraut, so if your kids are not up for it yet either, that’s where probiotic supplements are really handy! They’re a really effective tool in helping to aid your child’s immunity.
For children aged between 5 and 15 years, try children’s blend from Udo’s choice. Within this formula, there are 5 Billion viable/active cells and 7 strains of healthy bacteria.
A child’s healthy microflora will closely resemble that of an adult, but due to their smaller size, children need much smaller quantities of the same bacteria.
The intake of these friendly bacteria will:
- help limit the influence of unfavourable bacteria
- aid absorption of minerals
- promote regular bowel movements
- support their immune system
Another option would be Optibac Kids Gummies. These Gummies contain a species of friendly bacteria, Bacillus coagulans, that has the ability to form a protective layer around itself, making it highly resistant to acid, heat and the harsh conditions of the mouth and stomach. This ensures it gets to the gut alive and starts to flourish.
These children’s gummies also contain:
- prebiotic fibers (FOS) which increase natural gut bacteria
- calcium which contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes
- vitamin D3 which contributes to the normal function of the immune system
All in all that makes these an ideal supplement for all-around gut and immune support. Plus, they’re delicious and easy to take.
If you want to learn more about them, have a read over this blog post:
- What’s The Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics?
I’m a huge fan of Elderberry Syrup, and Pukka’s syrup is right up there for its natural preventative and treatment properties. It’s a delicious organic blend of elderberries, ginger and thyme along with other herbs.
Elderberries are an absolute favourite of mine, and they make an excellent sickness preventative and herbal remedy for kids too. Especially in liquid form, this delicious addition to your herbal medicine cupboard will help to ward off illness as well as soothe should your little’ns be struck down with a cough or cold.
Elderberries are loaded with vitamins and bioflavonoids, plus they offer fantastic anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects.
If your kids are in the stage of suffering from a cold or other upper respiratory symptoms, elderberry helps to make them more tolerable by reducing mucous secretions.
And thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects, it also helps fight the swelling of the respiratory passages. This means less discomfort and difficulty breathing.
This concentrated broad-spectrum syrup contains the highest organic grade, sustainably cultivated herbs and it is suitable for all of the family.
- Adults and children aged 12 or over: Take 1 teaspoon (5ml) up to 3 times a day, away from food.
- 6 to 12 years: Take 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) up to 3 times a day, away from food.
- Children 2 to 5 years: Take 1/4 teaspoon (1.25ml) up to 3 times a day, away from food.
An alternative to Pukka would be Sambucol Kids Elderberry Liquid. It is a delicious child-friendly formulation containing, you guessed it, Elderberries. Additionally, it’s packed with Vitamin C to help strengthen the immune system.
Sambucol is a non-drowsy, alcohol-free formula with no artificial colours or flavours. It is gluten-free and suitable for vegans. Suitable for children from 1-12 years.
If you’d rather make your own syrup using elderberries that you already have growing nearby, or perhaps you’d rather use natural honey instead, try making your own!
Looking for more?
Previously I’ve written additional blog posts all about Back to School and Children’s health and immunity if you’re looking for more info about certain supplements or looking for more ideas.
And that’s it for this small list of 3 Supportive Supplements to Aid Your Child’s Immunity.
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*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication.