Natural Solutions to Prevent Colds for Kids

Do you remember the early months of your child’s life and the fear of sickness that went along with it? Whether you put them in daycare or signed up for mommy-and-me classes, their exposure to the outside world introduced them to heaps of germs. For me, three days into my son’s daycare career, he came home with sniffles and a fever. I cried. I stayed up all night nursing every moan. And I somehow believed that his immune system would be stronger as it fought off these minor illnesses early in life.

Maybe true. Maybe not. Now as a second grader, he still gets sick every now and then. However, it’s minimal with preventative care. I use natural products and modalities to boost his immunity so that he stays well and so do we. If his body is healthy from the start, it can naturally fight off the sickness that gets passed around in school.

Whether it’s nutrient dense foods packed with immunity boosting properties or essential oils that provide antibacterial and anti-viral protection, I’ve found natural solutions work to prevent colds and sickness for my child. We also use elderberry syrup in smoothies, apple cider vinegar in dressings and make sure we follow the doctor’s orders by washing our hands regularly.

We recently shared this information with WTNH’s CT Style reporter Meghan Yost. Over elderberry/blueberry smoothies, we talked about natural ways to boost our immunity to ward off illness during the school year.

Looking for some products to help, here is what we use at home:

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What are your favorite preventative measures to keep your kids healthy during the school year? 

Natural Solutions to Prevent Colds for Kids

Sources: WebMD, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, University of Washington, Center for Disease Control.

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  1. The diffuser is my favorite. Smells good and is healthy for us?? Can’t beat that! And protein smoothies. I don’t know if they prevent colds, but by golly they are nutritious and yummy. :)
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    • Hi April. Yes, diffusing organic oils is a well-known holistic preventative measure. Unlike room fresheners with chemicals, many oils have properties (like antibacterial or antimicrobial)that once infused in the air can help prevent bacterias/virus’ or bad stuff from looming. Glad you love smoothies, too. In terms of preventing colds, the key here is to add the elderberry syrup (sambucas nigra) – for immune support. Check out the video for further information or the sources, too. I love this stuff, hopefully you do, too.

  2. QUERCETIN is my go-to!! Seriously!!! It’s the best natural anti-histamine on the market and works like a charm… AS DOES Vitamin D! :)
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    • Hi. That’s awesome I haven’t tried Quercetin. I will look into it. I do take Vitamin D, though in the summer I get most of it from the sun. Happy weekend.

  3. Green smoothies are always good during cold season :)
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    • Love it. As you know, I love green smoothies. Adding local bee pollen also helps regulate allergies. I just made a batch a few minutes ago. :)

  4. We had a pretty bad reaction to a simple cold that caused lasting damage for one of my children, so they scare the crap out of me! I am diffusing all of the time right now and using cleansing essential oils on each family member. I am going to need to check out some of your listings! Thanks for sharing them.
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    • Yay. I’m so excited to hear that you diffuse, too. What are your favorite essential oils? What brands do you use? I love DoTerra. I really do. I diffuse OnGuard for prevention/colds, lemon or ginger for energy and just a sweet smell throughout the house and lavender or Serenity for sleep time routine. I also love to add the sweet orange to my infused waters.

  5. Ugh, I needed this post a week ago. My husband brought home a cold & shared it with me. Hopefully the kids won’t get sick too. Definitely interested in the diffuser option. Keeping everyone healthy AND keeping the house smelling nice – yes, please!
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    • Did you buy a diffuser? They are pretty cheap and seriously a huge value for the whole family = makes the house smell nice AND helps clean/detoxify the air. Enjoy.

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