School children in the UK take 10 sick days per year on average, mainly due to a weaker immune system. 70% of our immunity is based in the gut and getting the right balance of good and bad bacteria is key to a healthy microbiome.
Exposure to different outdoor environments helps build a healthy, well balanced microbiome, improves immunity, mood, digestion and skin. Research shows that having a pet can also boost immunity.
Clinical trials have shown that certain strains of probiotics can help reduce the risk of common winter infections in children.
On top of all the logistics of the school day, unexpected illness such as coughs or colds can put a strain on both parents and children, particularly as these viruses seem to go around and around, and affect the whole family.
Fit for School
Pro-ven ‘Fit for School’ is now the established probiotic for children. It has been shown in clinical trials to reduce absenteeism from school by 30%, thus reducing parents’ absence from the workplace. Fit for School has been specifically developed for children and just one strawberry flavoured tablet or powder provides 12.5 Billion friendly bacteria with Vitamin C to help support immunity.
Coughs and Colds – facts and figures
Respiratory tract infections are the most common cause of illness in children – some get up to 8 episodes a year.
Two thirds of children take time off due to the common cold each year.
Two thirds of parents take time off work to care for their sick children.
More than half the children who visit their GP for a cough or cold are prescribed antibiotics.
Antibiotics are INEFFECTIVE for viral infections which often cause coughs and colds.
Supporting the immune system is the most effective way of avoiding coughs or colds.
As well as the probiotics, there are many ways you can protect yourself…
Echinacea at the first sign of a cold along with some Vitamin C should do the trick.
Weleda Herb and Honey Cough Elixir can help to banish tickly coughs.
And Multivitamins can be helpful for children who are picky eaters.
Forget about conventional treatments as many contain ‘Deet’ – a chemical which can be highly toxic. Treat head lice with Neem Oil to eradicate the problem, then a natural shampoo containing Neem should be used as maintenance.