I posted this because I get questions about what to give sick kids all the time and when I look on facebook, I see a lot of posts about sick kids. Some of the posts even talks about the stuff parents are giving their kids like Nyquil, cold remedies, etc…
My personal thoughts on all these cold remedies are that they are not only harmful to your kids, but they prolong the illness. Do your own research; I wouldn’t give them to my dog, if I had one.
Just so you know where I am coming from, my 11 year old has never taken a medication such as an antibiotic. I have used many vitamins, minerals, herbs, spices etc. over the years to keep his immune system strong. I am not saying medications don’t have a place, I am saying that they are widely overused and often cause more problems than they help.
Due to extremely busy schedules as most of you can relate to, I got a bit lazy in what I was giving my kids for breakfast. So as a result, my kids were sick a bunch last school year. My now 6 year old missed 30 days of school last year. He was in kindergarten and the kids passed around one virus after the next.
So I made some changes to their breakfast after the school year to optimize their immune systems. I admit it, we were lazy and were just giving our kids cereal for breakfast. Obviously, cereal is quick and easy, but it is not what I would consider a healthy breakfast and for that matter I would consider it a bunch of crap.
This school year, my 6 year old has only missed a couple of days and he wasn’t really sick on those couple days, he basically had a sniffle and I let him stay home and play video games.
Here is how I changed what I was giving the kids at breakfast. I now make them a shake with the following ingredients.
I use 2 cups of ice water,
1 scoop 4Ever Greens (from XCAP)
2 scoops of Whey Isolate (from XCAP)
1 gram NAC
5 grams L-glutamine
I blend it and give my 11 yr old about 60% and my 6 yr old 40%.
Then I do a couple more things.
I give my 11 yr old 2 drops of Vita D (from XCAP) and my 6 yr old 1 drop.
(you may have seen a blog I posted earlier where I said that a blood vitamin D level above 60 is related to a strong immune system and many scientists believe that this level makes it almost impossible to get the flu)
I give my 11 yr old 4 Natural Mins (from XCAP) and my 6 yr old 2 Natural Mins. They chew them up and swallow them.
The last thing I do is I give them both MaxEFA’s (from XCAP). They break them open with their teeth, swallow the liquid and spit out the gel cap. My 11 yr old takes 3 and my 6 yr old takes 2.
Yes, they bitched and moaned about their new breakfast for 2 weeks. I told them there was no video games or TV in the house unless they drank it. They complained but did it anyway. They stopped complaining and now ask for it for breakfast. So be strong and make the changes.
Sometimes they like to eat some raw nuts while they drink the shake. My 11 year old prefers almonds and my 6 yr old prefers pecans. Personally I like walnuts.
I hope this helps you if you’re having frequent sick kids. I know it helped mine.
Remember, I am not telling you to skip medical care, I am telling you what I did that strengthened my kids immune systems which meant they were much healthier this school year and as parents you want to do the right thing to keep your kids healthy.