Your kids will most likely get sick this winter.... sorry mommas. They don't have perfect diets, or perfect handwashing skills, and sometimes they even pick their nose and it's just gross. But hey... this is what we signed up for! Right?? I spent 10 years working in a pediatric ER seeing illness after illness after illness. The majority of illnesses were of a viral source, and discharging these kiddos was always the same. Alternate Tylenol and Motrin to control the fever, plenty of fluids, plenty of rest, a list of things to watch for, and let the virus run its course. I learned so much in those years that I am eternally grateful for, but I definitely always felt that there was something more. It is very far reaching to think that alternative medicine will be implemented in the ER any time soon... the focus there is on emergencies, just as it should be. But there is a whole other side of healthcare that we as moms are hungry for.
So yes, kids will get sick, but I strongly believe that we can take steps to support the immune systems of the little ones in our care, and what does that really mean? It means they get sick less often, or they get better faster, or their symptoms aren't as severe as they may have been otherwise. And even a step further... we can be prepared for when illness strikes. There is an element of being prepared that gives us confidence as we take care of these precious ones.
I am anxious to share more of this with you next week in my "Fall Essentials" webinar - click HERE to join - but for now I want to share 3 of my favorite things to do to support the immune systems of my children.
1. Probiotics - we take a probiotic 3-4 days a week. Gut health is HUGE in your overall health. Get that gut healthy!
2. Elderberry syrup - we take 1 tsp. of elderberry syrup each morning along with our daily supplements. If a child becomes ill in our home, then I increase their daily dose to 1 tbsp.
3. Essential oils - we alternate diffusing different essential oils to support our immune systems, such as DoTerra On Guard, Lemon, and Arborvitae. When someone becomes ill then we kick this up, applying topically to the feet and spine as well.
More to come on this! Let's get prepared for the months ahead together!
Andrea worked as a Registered Nurse in a Pediatric Emergency Department for 10 years before leaving to be a full-time/homeschooling Mommy to her three beautiful and crazy children.