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How to support your child's immune system during stressful times

At times, as adults, we get so wrapped up in our own stress and problems that we tend to overlook our children’s stressors. So often, we assume children don't worry as much as adults do. But we forget that childhood has unique challenges that can impact their health. Below are some of the most common signs that your child is stressed.

Regular outbursts or shutting down

Stress and anxiety can cause a change in hormones in the body that can either rouse the body for action or shut it down for rest. It's commonly referred to as the fight-flight-freeze response. A child constantly in either one of these responses is in distress.

Younger children tend to go the tantrum route when expressing their discomfort. Remember, a toddler cannot verbally tell you that they are stressed and will instead say it physically. On the opposite side, we have withdrawal; when a child shuts down emotionally. They don't respond to emotional cues or express emotion at all.

Learn more about the fight-flight-freeze response: https://youtu.be/jEHwB1PG_-Q

Source: Braive

It's essential to find what is triggering your child's meltdown or shutdown and make changes. It can be adjusting your child's daily routine, cutting back on sugar and unhealthy foods, or physical exercise.

Our number one recommended product for children during challenging times is Melotone Syrup. It is a liquid nutritional supplement specifically designed for children who require essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are nutrients that are important for concentration and maintaining normal activity levels. Melotone Syrup provides vital nutrients and minerals such as:

· Evening Primrose Oil

· Salmon Oil

· Calcium

· Magnesium

· Chromium

· B vitamins

Persistent tummy aches

Stomach pain is the most common and often the first signal of a child's distress. This is because the gut has a system of nerves that sends warning signals to the body's nervous system.

Experts recommend you add more natural fibres and a probiotic to your child's diet.

Fibre rich foods include:

· Wholegrain breakfast cereals, oats, and wholewheat pasta

· Berries, oranges, pears, and melons

· Broccoli, carrots, and sweetcorn

Yoghurt and fermented foods contain probiotics; natural and friendly bacteria will help keep your child's gut microflora in balance.

*Seek medical help if the stomach aches are severe and accompanied by fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, and weight loss.

Trouble concentrating

Lack of concentration can be a signal of fatigue caused by stress. Naturally, if you are feeling tired, the last thing you can do is concentrate. Avoid junk food, processed foods, and sugar altogether.

Sportron's Neurotron, with its combination of B-complex vitamins, can also help your child during stressful times. Neurotron has been developed as a dietary supplement to assist the entire nervous system.

Please note: For children, we also would highly recommend Respitron Syrup and Kidgarde Viral Plus. Respitron has a pleasant honey taste and is a powerful antioxidant that the body converts into vitamin A. Kidgarde Viral Plus is an anti-oxidant rich liquid formula blend of Echinacea, Green Tea, and Elderberry Extract combined with vitamins that provide daily immune support to prevent colds and flu.

We can't always avoid mental and physical fatigue, but we can teach our children to better handle tough times and equip them with healthy life tools to help manage even the most minor stressors.


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Please note that the foods and supplements listed above may boost your immune health, but they don't protect specifically against COVID-19.

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