Now’s a great time to take stock of your child’s health needs as they settle back into their school routine. Ensuring your child gets the right nutrients so they can grow and thrive is at the forefront of any parent’s mind. All children need certain nutrients to thrive both physically and cognitively as they go through their stages of growth and development.
But children are different and so their requirements for certain nutrients may differ if they experience some of the following common health issues.
For many kids, going back to school is fun and exciting but for others who are more sensitive, it is a more challenging time as they experience anxiety and nervousness as a new routine is established and new relationships are formed. This is when we want to support and nourish their nervous system with nutrients such as magnesium, Lactium®, and chamomile. These calming nutrients work beautifully together to help comfort and soothe children. The magnesium and Lactium® feed the nervous system whilst chamomile is traditionally used to not only calm and soothe but also to reduce restlessness and irritability, help children fall asleep as well as relieve digestive complaints such as sore tummy’s as well as wind, bloating and burping.
Studies show that there is a link between our gut microbiome and our immune response. We know that 75-80% of our immunity resides in our gut and so supplementing with a probiotic is an important key to our treatment protocol.
Often when children go back to School, Kinder or Day-Care it seems that in no time they’ve picked up a ‘bug’.
Studies have found that within the first month of the school year there is an increased rate of upper respiratory tract infections with symptoms of the common cold such as runny noses and sore throats leading the charge.
So now’s the time to support their immune system and provide relief from the severity and the duration of the virus. Nutrients such as Echinacea, Elderberry, Olive leaf and Vitamin C help relieve the symptoms of colds and flu and help maintain a healthy immune system.
Elderberry has traditionally been used to relieve fever, as well as symptoms of colds and flu and is great for mucous congestion.
Vitamin C together with Zinc are our top two nutrients for boosting and supporting immunity. There is increasing evidence that deficiencies in these two nutrients can not only impair immunity, but also affect mental and physical growth.
Ideally taken together, these two nutrients are our definite ‘go-to’ in ensuring immune defences are at their best and ready to draw upon when defending the body against any school germs.
Learning and Concentration
Childhood is a time of accelerated brain growth and maturation. With school being a time of increased cognitive activities, such as learning, planning, problem solving and focused attention, it is important to ensure brain cells are being nourished and supported with nutrients such as Omega 3 fatty acids. These are integral for brain health, specifically for learning, focus and concentration.
Most children aren’t getting enough omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Omega 3’s are mostly found in oily fish such as tuna and salmon, chia seeds, ground linseeds and walnuts. They are called ‘essential’ because we have to eat them, the body can’t make them like they can other fatty acids.
More specifically the Omega 3 – DHA is a long-chain fatty acid that makes up approximately 15% of all fatty acids in the human brain. Studies have found that those with lower levels of DHA, whether it be through the diet or supplementation, are more likely to experience certain developmental and behavioural disorders.
Therefore it is important to ensure children are getting enough DHA to support their creative, thinking and processing pathways, helping cognition, learning and memory.
Atopic eczema is the most common type of eczema seen in children as it affects 10-20% of infants. It is an allergic and inflammatory condition of the skin.
Studies show that there is a link between our gut microbiome and our immune response. Supplementing with a probiotic that contains the strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus is a core treatment for eczema. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are also great to use as they have an anti-inflammatory action on eczema. Other anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy herbs traditionally used are Baical skullcap, Licorice and Echinacea. Vitamin C and zinc are important immune and skin nutrients. Vitamin C helps to maintain healthy histamine levels. It also maintains healthy connective tissue and is essential for the formation of collagen – both of which support and maintain healthy skin.
Zinc also helps support and maintain healthy skin and a zinc deficiency is linked to the development of dermatitis.
Get the Best Advice from our Qualified Practitioners
If your child is needlessly suffering with symptoms as they go back to school it is the time to Book a Professional Naturopathy consultation. Our Naturopath, Anna Werner, has a special interest in working with children and their families and by working on their individual health needs and symptoms and your unique family circumstances, Anna experiences great success in addressing underlying causes and achieving optimal health and vitality for her younger patients so they can thrive as they grow, develop and learn.
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