Ever since I found out I was going to be a dad in April 2014, my attention to news about children has risen. I notice back-to-school articles, articles on parenting and families, and anything health-related for children I particularly focus on.
In recent news many parents have been coming to my office asking about Enterovirus 68 and how they can protect themselves and their children. Enterovirus is common amongst children, affecting –ten to fifteen million, but this strain is extremely rare and does not usually spread.
The children this virus affects are mostly those who have respiratory issues or weakened immune systems. If the cause is weaker immunity, then guess what a great solution would be to avoid this. Exactly! A healthier immune system.
This virus would send warning signals to me, as a soon-to-be parent, that I need to do everything possible to boost my child’s immune system. Especially with flu season around the corner, the kids with weak immune systems will be the ones who contract these viruses more commonly. As of September 11, 2014, only eighty-four cases in six states were listed, but the numbers are supposed to increase as the cooler months come around.
As of now, here are the five recommendations I have seen online for avoiding Enterovirus:
1) Wash hands with soap and water.
2) Avoid contact with ill people.
3) Do not go to day care, school, or work while ill.
4) Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing utensils.
5) Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Great suggestions but not really proactive advice as none of these educate on building the immune system, which is the whole reason someone even contracts this virus.
Listen to the obvious five that the typical “health care”world suggested, but here are three REAL suggestions to actually AVOID getting the virus and building the immune system for the fall/winter:
1) Load your kids up on vitamin D3 – Many researchers think the reason why people get sick more often in the colder months is because of being indoors more and a lack of sunshine. The sun promotes D3, which has been shown to exponentially increase immunity, so be sure to supplement your child with D3 daily. http://www.nordicnaturals.com/en/Products/Product_Details/514/?ProdID=1683
2) Get them off sugar – Sugar is one of the worst, if not the worst food for your body as far as weakened immunity. As fall and winter approach, people are more inclined to feed their children warm sugary drinks, increased candy intake with Halloween, and other toxic products. Right now would be the best time to focus on cooking more at home and loading your children up with green leafy and colorful vegetables loaded with antioxidants. Check out http://paleoparents.com/ for free and healthy recipes for kids.
3) Get them adjusted – I know I sound like a broken record, but chiropractic boosts the immune system, and the kids who get adjusted regularly get sick less often. We have kids coming in with headaches, asthma, allergies, and sinus troubles who are all getting amazing results because we are facilitating and allowing their body to create health from the inside out. Does chiropractic cure any of those symptoms or illnesses? No! Chiropractic allows for a freer expression of life by removing nerve pressure and simply allowing the body to work better.