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    Default How do you keep your little one healthy in Winter?

    Hi Ladies! I have a 2 year old son who attends family daycare, luckily he is only with two other 2 year old boys though they certainly share their germs amongst each other. With winter almost here, and him being newly diagnosed with asthma I am keen to keep him as healthy as I can. This means I have cancelled swimming this year now that it is cooler, I will keep him rugged up and inside as much as I can. He eats really well though I will continue with a basic multi vitamin for children and having a Yakult each morning, just wondering what other things I can do? I know colds are inevitable especially at his age though after ideas of what you do to keep your little one as healthy as possible? What is a good probiotic that you use? Thanks heaps

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    Lots of garlicky food!

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    Olive leaf extract and spirulina... They both taste horrid so I put them into smoothies or fresh fruit juices

    I honestly don't think there is too much we can do though... Winter is frustrating

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    I don't change anything, I just go about our normal routine. DS takes a probiotic everyday and that's it.

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    I don't really do anything different either. I don't think there's much you could do really.

    My kids have multivitamins every couple of days (when I remember!) because they're fussy eaters. I always try and put extra garlic in things with garlic... oh wait, I do that anyway because I love garlic .
    You could also make sure they keep their water intake up, ensure good nights sleeps, ensure hand hygiene before meals and throughout the day, basically stuff that should be done all year round anyway. Don't forget about you as well to avoid you transmitting germs to your kid; hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes and wash hands afterwards, dispose of used tissues straight away.

    My asthmatic DD is also having the fluvax this year. But I'm not sure if your child is too young for that. I'll also be ensuring she has her Serotide every morning and night, instead of just when she remembers.

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    Which probiotic?

    Forgot to mention that I certainly do wash his hands, haha! We are very hygienic. He sleeps 12 hours so that is sorted, and he got the flu vax

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    Apparently the reason we get sick more often in winter than in summer is because we spend our time indoors, thus sharing more germs more often. So keeping bub inside all the time might actually bring on the colds.

    I dunno, though. So far I suck at keeping DS well - he's on his second cold in two months. Or it could just be the first returning for a visit ... He does go to daycare for two days a week, so that probably helps spread the germy love.



    Swimming is actually pretty good for you if you're asthmatic. My specialist actually encouraged my mum to put me into swimming lessons when I was little to help my lungs. Of course, it's something you should discuss with your GP because it might not be the best for your bub's form of asthma.

    It's aggravating. Doesn't seem to matter what we do - the illness just keeps on coming.
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    I have a 3 year old who went through his first couple of winters with terrible croup every time he got a cold. So I know what it feels like to want to keep them healthy. I guess though it is pretty inevitable especially as they are still building up their immunity. I did find stopping swimming made a big difference (he was getting ear infections as well) and using a vaporiser in his room made a big difference too.
    It sounds like you are doing everything you can! hopefully he does get better with age, my son has

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    I DON'T keep my kids indoors, I try and get them outside as much as I can, basically if there is a tiny bit of sun, even if its cold, I get them outside on the trampoline (jumping keeps them pretty warm ), and I try to keep going to the park etc. I also try and keep heating indoors to a minimum, I don't think its good to be going in and out of hot and cold air, and when its REALLY toasty inside, I think it can dry you out a bit and this can make you more susceptible to colds and flu.

    As 'bad' as it sounds, I also try and let them choose how much they want to rug up outside, my kids are generally little nudies, even in Winter, when I am freezing, they've preferred to be naked and don't seem to get cold. So, within reason, I let them decide if they want to strip some layers off.

    My kids have a very healthy diet- lots of fruit and veg (I especially try and give them lots of oranges and mandarins and other fruits high in Vit C), and in Winter especially I make lots of soups and stews slow cooked with the bones so very nutritious.

    Along with lots of sleep, washing hands etc, this has worked well for us, none of them has ever been very sick and usually they only get a couple of very mild colds (ie a runny nose).

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    DS has daily fish oil (vit d) and a pro biotic , I put fresh herbs, garlic and ginger in everything anyway plus my naturopath just gave me a giant jar of vitamin c so I will start giving him one of those as you can never have too much vit C !

    As pp said I think it's more important to get them outside in winter, winter sun is beautiful plus we love being out in the fresh air - just dress them appropriately , I will keep DS in his swimming lessons ( its an indoor private pool and touch wood we've never had ear infections etc) , I'm not a fan of indoor play centres so I try and avoid those !


 

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