These preschool and elementary years can be nasty. Kids don’t wash their hands thoroughly, nor do they cover up their coughs and sneezes very well. In the winter months, daycare centers seem to pass around one sickness to another. It’s inevitable! Here are three things my family does to avoid sickness during these fall and winter months, because unfortunately you can’t just hide in your house and avoid people and places forever 😉
If you’re wondering how effective these habits are, let me tell you that I’ve never had a child miss a day of preschool/kindergarten due to being sick. It could just be good luck, but I personally believe these three habits should receive the credit!
*** I am NOT a doctor, I am simply sharing with you what we do to avoid sickness and what has worked for us, please consult your doctor if you question any of these methods.
1>> Elderberry Syrup
This stuff is GOLD!! I have a good friend, a natural health provider, who makes this for us every year. We go through 3 quarts!
(Note: most elderberry syrups have honey in them, therefore it is said to not be safe for babies 1 and younger).
Drink 1 teaspoon a day for a week, then a week without any, repeat. If someone is sick they can take a few tablespoons a day until they are better.
We all love the taste of it – it’s like blueberry juice with a hint of cinnamon and clove. Elderberries are an incredible immunity booster. Read more about the benefits of elderberry HERE.
Make your own elderberry syrup:
2>> Vitamin C
You’ve probably had these Emergen-C packets before when you’re feeling under the weather. They have like 8,000,000 times the vitamin C you need in a day. We actually drink these once or twice a week to prevent getting sick as well, a little vitamin C booster! For my kids (ages 4 and 6) I split one packet between them.
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3 >> SO MUCH water and vegetables
Water is SO important every day, but even more so during sick-season. Water flushes out toxins in your body and helps circulate blood, allowing the white blood cells to fight off viruses more effectively. It’s even more important to drink water when you are sick, as you become dehydrated from vomiting and having a fever.
We push vegetables, and healthy eating in general, even more so in the Winter. We teach our kids the importance of healthy foods, and how they help to keep our body running strong. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and nutrients without all of the sugar found in fruit. We always have raw veggies on hand for snacking: carrots, cucumbers, celery, and red peppers. We roast veggies such as asparagus, green beans, broccoli, squash, and Brussels sprouts a few times a week.
Speaking of water and veggies, another thing we do is “drink our greens”, but we make sure it’s berry flavored – otherwise it tastes like grass and nobody wants to drink it!! Click HERE to buy. We drink this maybe once or twice a week.
Stay healthy, friends! <3