Let’s face it, being a parent is a challenging task, but taking care of sick children makes it even more challenging at times. Waking up in the middle of the night to the sounds of your child’s cough, feeling your child’s feverish body, and cleaning up vomit is something you may be familiar with. This is part of the parent program that we signed up for and is part of being a child, right? I hear the stories: my child has this, my child has that, my doctor said it is this, and my doctor said it is that. . . I know what your thinking – well, all kids get sick, it’s just a normal part of childhood, but why so often?
The general parental consensus is that kids “catch” a cold or flu by viruses and bacteria that are circulating in the air or passed from others. The reality is that out of all the children exposed to any virus, only a portion will get sick to some degree and others will not succumb to the disease at all. The fact is that it is not just the virus or the bacteria that causes the illness, but many other factors. The internal environment of the body determines whether a child will be susceptible to colds, flu or any other illness.
Germs, such as a virus or bacteria, are much more likely to cause illness when the body is out of balance and immunity is weakened. In order to survive and become active enough to cause symptoms, these germs first need to have an environment that nourishes them. They survive and proliferate from feeding off the wastes and toxins that accumulate in the body. The immune system responds, triggering an inflammatory response that may include rash, fever, congestion, runny nose, and coughing. These are signs that the body has begun its process of healing – dispelling the wastes, virus, and accumulated toxins from the body.
In order for your child’s body to generate a sufficient and complete healing response, the immune system needs to be strong and functioning at its best. The best way to a strong healthy immune system is a sound nutritional approach. The best approach is to provide a healthy environment right from the start. It is critical that these good habits begin at the onset of life so that this becomes the norm for our children. We must understand that a child’s immune system is supported by vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. We must give our children lots of fresh organic whole foods: fruits, vegetables, beans/legumes, whole grains, raw cheeses, eggs, fish, fermented dairy and poultry. Processed foods (McDonald’s, fast food, candy, sugary drinks, etc.) place a burden on the immune system and create more of a toxic environment within the body. In short, keep the consumption of processed foods to a minimum or not at all. This will give children the best chance to develop a good strong immune system for optimum health.