It’s that time of year again, and the cold and flu symptoms have reared their nasty heads already. Kids are missing school and medicine cabinets are being stocked. My kids get a handful of vitamins each morning, are adjusted regularly, aren’t in daycare, and eat a healthy diet low in sugar and dairy, but guess what? WE STILL GET SICK!
Many moms come to me frustrated that their kids, who are getting similar “preventative” care at home, are getting sick. They all seem to ask the same questions and share the same concerns about their children. Why are they getting sick? What am I not doing right? What should I be doing differently?
My answer to them is simple:
BEING SICK IS NOT A RESULT OF BAD OR INADEQUATE PARENTING CHOICES. Being sick is not a bad thing.
The concern comes when our child gets sick, and his body has a very hard time getting over the illness. Often times moms overlook the fact that the child handled his symptoms well. He rested, ate healing foods or sipped on nutritious broths, and was back to his usual self in a quick manner. As long as your children are able to effectively fight off whatever they may be facing, it’s okay, and their immune systems are better for it. This is not to say that healthy kids don’t get sick-sick; they do, and getting to the root of the cause is critical.
Here are a few things our family does to stay as healthy as possible during this season:
- We take our vitamins daily. (We take a multivitamin, Vitamin D, probiotics, fish oil, and a supplement called Lauricidin each day, increasing our doses if we have any symptoms of an illness.)
- We eat a balanced diet. (We try to minimize our intake of dairy and sugar, which can increase inflammation and mucous production.)
- We take care of ourselves physically. (We stay active and get adjusted regularly to ensure our immune systems are functioning as optimally as possible.)
- Our kids wash their hands often (not with antibacterial soap, by the way).
- When we are going to be around other families, we use essential oils to help protect us against any germs others may be carrying.