Season for flu and colds

Fall and winter are the season when children often get the flu or a cold. This is especially true of toddlers who come into contact with other children on a daily basis - in kindergarten, school or at the playground. Several-year-olds, due to a weaker immune system, are more likely to develop various types of infections and then infect each other. We advise you on how to help a sick baby to relieve troublesome symptoms faster.

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1. Why do children get sick so often?

Little ones can get cold or flu up to 8 times a year. The peak incidence occurs in the period from September to March. This is when children have the greatest contact with pathogenic viruses, especially if they already go to kindergarten or school. An additional factor is also weather conditions - lower temperatures, wind, rain or snow - are conducive to colds. The immunity of a few-year-olds is also much lower than in adults, so they are much more likely to catch colds and the flu. Remember, however, that frequent infections in children are normal and help them strengthen the immune system.

2. How to strengthen the toddler's immunity?

We can strengthen the toddler's immunity through a well-chosen diet. In the autumn and winter period, it should not lack large amounts of vegetables and fruits, especially those containing vitamin C, which supports the immune system. We find it in parsley, sauerkraut or citrus fruit. Let's also take care of the presence of eggs, lean meat, fish and dairy products in the diet. It is also worth introducing natural probiotics (e.g. yoghurts) and prebiotics (they can be found in onions, garlic or bananas) into the daily menu. These natural methods will help fight viruses and can reduce the risk of developing infections.

Also, remember to teach your child good habits. Frequent hand washing, especially before meals, after returning from playing outside or using the toilet. This will allow you to get rid of viruses and bacteria at least partially. Let us also teach the child not to share meals or drinks with peers in kindergarten or school. This may additionally increase the risk of infection from a sick friend or colleague.

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3. What to do when a child gets sick?

The best solution for colds and light infections in a child are natural ways to fight them. However, we should remember that masking symptoms, which is used by most of the drugs available on the market, will not solve the problem here. The body must fight the disease, not "pretend" it doesn't exist. Viruses and bacteria must be defeated to strengthen the baby's immune system as well, and prevent infections from quickly returning. By removing the symptoms and leaving the cause of their occurrence aside, the infection will not go away.

How does the body engage and mobilize itself to fight? Runny nose, cough and fever are the first defense against infection. Higher temperatures try to kill bacteria and viruses that are much better suited to cold weather. Coughing helps get rid of infected phlegm from the respiratory tract. In turn, a runny nose rinses out the microorganisms. Such symptoms of the disease indicate that the body is responding properly. However, it is worth supporting the immune system also during an infection.

If the cold is mild, it is worth reaching for natural syrups and medicines for children. A good solution will be especially those containing large amounts of vitamin C and plant extracts that help fight the symptoms of flu and colds. These include African geranium root extract. Its action has a positive effect on the respiratory tract and helps soothe annoying ones.

Let's make sure that the toddler rests in a warm, but aired room. He should also drink plenty of fluids, especially if he has a low-grade fever. It is worth adding to them warming juices, e.g. raspberry or elderberry. The diet should be easy to digest, but high in vegetables and fruit. Homemade broths, warm soups and other light dishes will work well. We should also take care of proper air humidification in the room, e.g. by placing special containers with water on the radiator. It is also a good idea to add essential oils (e.g. eucalyptus or pine) to them, which will also make breathing easier for your toddler.

The flu and cold season in children is a big challenge for parents. However, we should remember that this period is particularly important for a few-year-olds, because it allows them to gain additional immunity, which has a positive effect on the development of the immune system. If the infections are mild, home remedies and natural remedies for children are sufficient. However, if a cold persists, high fever or other disturbing symptoms appear, we should consult a pediatrician who will recommend an appropriate treatment for the child.

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