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Flu Season for Kids - tips to prepare and endure flu season for your kids

"Last week I discussed flu prevention in general.  This week I though I would do a health tip on Flu prevention for kids.

Our kids are off to school and the germs are flying!!  The flu is hitting kids as much as adults and the schools are a breeding ground for all sorts of viruses and bacteria. Then they bring it home to us!!

Vitamin D is good for kids too. 1000 IU if less than 50 pounds and 2000 IU if 50-100 pounds and over 100 pounds the dose will vary depending on the level in their blood but usually I give 2000-4000 IU a day. Take Vitamin D with a meal for better absorption.

Have them carry some hand sanitizer in their back pack and show them how to use it so they don't use too much. Have them keep Kleenex's in their back pack too.

If your child has a sore throat, cough or fever (any one of these) then please leave them home for a day or so to see if it develops into anything more. Especially if they have a fever. They need to stay home for 24 hours AFTER their fever is over. Don't send them to school with runny noses either as that is a great way to spread cold virus germs.

The swine flu has been pretty mild in most cases with people having symptoms for 3-5 days. It starts out with sore throat, cough and fever and can spread to lungs in some people. If you have any of these symptoms then stay home!!

The CDC has not been taking any more flu swabs for confirmation of Swine flu due to the high number they have been getting. If anyone has tested positive for Influenza A then they are calling it Swine flu. Mainly because the 'regular' flu is not as prominent right now and swine flu has been.

At PCC and Whole Foods and other vitamin stores you can get some herbal tinctures (liquid herbs in a bottle) for kids that are very effective in helping keep immune system strong. I would go find a couple bottles of these things and keep them around for your kids if they start to get sick. Most of the tinctures will say on the front of the bottle what they are for ie. Immune support, or Respiratory support, or skin health etc. Give a couple full droppers 2-3 times a day in a small amount of water or juice or something they can get down quickly. They absorb quickly and are more potent than capsules.

IF you can keep your kids healthy then you will probably stay healthy too!!" 


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