To help with some of the common questions that parents have surrounding those back to school ills and chills, we asked the Naturopaths at Clinicians for tips.
Meet the Naturopaths
Rochelle Bailey Dip. Nat
Rochelle is a registered Naturopath with experience in practising privately at her own clinic and providing technical support within the natural health industry for both practitioners and healthcare providers throughout New Zealand and Australia. She is passionate about the evolving field of natural health products through extensive clinical research and believes in the importance of healthy diet and lifestyle choices. Rochelle’s experience in the natural medicine field allows her to offer comprehensive, professional and attentive healthcare support.
Jane Cronin Dip. Nat, Dip. Herbal Med
Jane is a qualified Naturopath and Medical Herbalist with over ten years of experience as a successful private practitioner and consultant. She has worked on the Clinicians brand for over 8 years and is now Clinicians senior product specialist and is actively involved in product development. Natural health is a passion and in her spare time Jane can be seen at the gym or on a golf course.
Q: My children have all had Covid-19 and although they have bounced back, I was wondering if there is anything I can do to help build them up before the onset of winter bugs.
A: Kids Immune Care is an ideal product to help support children’s natural immune response. Immune Care supports both their immune and respiratory systems. It can be used at first signs of illness or as a daily maintenance product to ward off winter ills and chills.
Make sure they drink plenty of water daily and try to bring in plenty of vegetables and fruit into their daily diet. They’ll need as much nutrition from their food as possible.
Q: My child has had pneumonia twice in the past and I worry when the winter ills come around again that she will get it again. What can I do to try and avoid her getting sick?
A: Clinicians new Kids Immune Care product is the perfect solution for your daughter. A shelf-stable probiotic and backed by science, this product is specifically formulated for supporting lung health and will also maintain her immune system.
If possible, a diet high in leafy greens (bok choy, spinach and kale), healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado) healthy sources of protein (eggs, beans and white meat) and fruit high in vitamin c and antioxidants (berries, oranges, red capsicum). Plenty of water intake will help too.
Q: When my child gets a cold they get a really runny yucky nasal discharge that lasts for ages. Is there some way I can avoid this, or at least clear it up quickly when it happens?
A: You can reduce mucous forming foods from their diet to help reduce mucous production. These are foods like dairy (milk, cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt), white sugar and processed foods and eggs. Pineapple is great for supporting the respiratory system and may reduce formation of mucous.
As a handy addition, the Kids Nasal Clear is ideal for reducing any inflammation and bacteria in the sinuses, supporting clear sinuses. It’s ideal for kids that are prone to developing sinus and ear infections too.
Q: My son always gets what the doctors call a ‘post-viral cough’ after any cold. It’s a dry cough but persistent even when he is asleep plus it seems to go on for weeks. Is there something I can do to stop this happening?
A: It may be helpful to reduce any mucous forming foods from his diet, for even a small amount of mucous can irritate a dry cough. Milk, cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt, white sugar and processed foods and eggs are a few.
Prospan contains the herb Ivy Leaf and is great for supporting the healing of lungs including a dry cough. I’d recommend he take it on a daily basis for a few weeks post illness to support his recovery.
I’d suggest you also use an immune-supporting product such as Kids Immune Care or Super Family C, alongside the Prospan. Supporting both his lung function and immune system will be ideal for a faster recovery.
Q: We heat our house with a heat pump and the air gets very dry. My daughter (7) complains that it makes her nose very dry and sore on the inside. What is the best way to stop this?
A: Aside from changing your heating options at home, there are a couple of options. For those really uncomfortable times, keep her sinuses moist by breathing in steam from a running shower or bowl of hot water with a towel over her head. For something easy that she can use on her own and as much as she needs, try finding a nasal spray container and simply add purified water into it. Alternatively, you could carefully apply a certified organic coconut oil into her nasal passages with a cotton bud. Be sure not to place the cotton bud back into the oil after applying, to avoid bacterial contamination.
Q: My preschooler is getting recurrent ear infections and the doctor has suggested that she should see an ENT to look at getting grommets. I would love to avoid surgery – especially the anesthetic. Is there some way I can help settle her ears down?
Providing it is not a structural issue leading to impaired drainage, there are a number of things you can try. I’d recommend that you find out if she has any food allergies, as these can cause mucous build-up and lead to recurring infections. Common allergens for children are dairy, wheat, peanuts, soy, corn, oranges, and tomatoes. Allergies can also be triggered by environmental factors such as pollen, dust and pet dander.
If she has been taking antibiotics for the ear infections, the first thing I would recommend is probiotics to ensure her tummy has enough healthy bacteria, which will support her digestion and immune system. It may also help with allergies if she has them.
Make sure you reduce mucous forming foods from her diet to help reduce mucous production. These are foods like dairy (milk, cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt), white sugar and processed foods and eggs. Increase warming foods such as soups and broths and good quality protein foods (organic chicken, fish or organic soy foods like tofu if vegan).
With regards to Clinicians products for support, the Kids Nasal Clear may reduce her recurring infections (this product works for both nasal and ear canals). Also give her an immune support product to take alongside such as Kids Immune Care or Super Family C powder.
The new Clinicians Kids range is available in-store and online exclusively at Pharmacies and Health Stores including:
Dietary supplements are not a replacement for a balanced diet. Always read the label. Use as directed. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Auckland.
This article was written by Kidspot with information supplied by Clinicians.
The advice given in this article is for education and interest only and is in no way intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions or replace any medication prescribed by your primary healthcare specialist. If you have questions, concerns about your health or treatment or would like more information, contact your doctor. Always see your doctor or another qualified health professional before starting or changing any treatment.