Natural MD Radio: Back to School Immune Boosters

The FDA has banned the use of antimicrobial soaps, which is important not only because they can breed antibiotic resistance, but also because some of the ingredients in antimicrobial soap are endocrine disrupters, which interrupt our children’s hormonal development.

Now that they’re banned, you may be wondering how you’re going to keep your kids from getting sick? Today I’m sharing some of the most effective natural ways to keep your kiddo healthy now that they’re back in school. Listen in for my top 7 tried and true cold and flu recommendations for kids.

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“While a lot of kids don’t need much more than whole foods, play, and a good healthy environment to stay healthy all year, some kids are more prone to colds, sore throats, coughs, and ear infections.” – Aviva Romm

Show Notes:

  • Why it’s easier to prevent illness than treat it
  • The dangers of over the counter medications
  • How to tweak your child’s diet
  • Why you might want to add zinc
  • The value of adding Vitamin C

“Sugar has a big impact on the immune system.” – Aviva Romm

  • Why you should give your children probiotics
  • The value of taking Vitamin D3 daily
  • What a saline rinse can do for your kid
  • How to use gentle herbal remedies like echinacea
  • How to use these remedies for treatment as well as prevention

Zinc Dosage:

  • 6 months – 3 yrs: 2-3mg/day
  • 4-8 yrs: 5mg/day
  • 9-13 yrs: 8-10mg/day
  • 14-18 yrs: 10-15mg/day

Vitamin D3 Dosage:

  • Babies up to 1 yr: 400 units/day
  • 1-5 yrs: 500-1000 units/day
  • 5-10 yrs: 1000 units/day
  • over 10 yrs: 1000-2000 units/day

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“I want you to be able to spend more time with your kids being healthy this autumn and winter and a lot less time in the doctor’s office.” – Aviva Romm

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Cris Rosa Cavaseno

Dear Aviva, This is really helpful. I just have one question: how would these guidelines apply to mothers who are constantly exposed to their own and other small children, and are trying to boost their own immunity too? Take the same stuff but in adult dosages? Thanks!

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Cris, Yes! You've got it! Warmly, Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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      Sharon Rick

      Hi Megan/Aviva, On that same topic, I've seen a number of different recommendations for the daily dose for adults of Zinc for prevention. What would be Aviva's recommendation? Thanks!

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Alicia Schoolman

This is so informative for parents! I am forwarding this video and your website to my clients (Health Coaching & Personal Training), friends, and family. Thank you so much!

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I currently give my 10 month old son 1 drop (400 IU) of the Carlson's vitamin D drops per day, and I just ordered the Green Pasture brand Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend, which contains vitamins A,D,E, and K. The concentration of the naturally occurring vitamins in the Green Pasture brand fermented cod liver oil varies from batch to batch, but 2 ml contains approximately 360 IU of vitamin D. My question is should I continue to give him the 400 IU of Carlsons vitamin D along with the butter oil/fermented cod liver oil blend? I am worried about giving him to much vitamin D. Thank you!

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    Hi Mary, Baby's should get 400 units of D a day....I don't usually recommend exceeding that. Warmly, Aviva

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Hi! I'm new to the community & trying to boost my families immunity (6.5, 3 & 7m). My 3yr old gets croup which goes to strider very quick. I'm trying to learn about essential oils & see all the companies have an "immunity booster" oil that is suggested you rub on the kids feet at night. Any thoughts on this? Thanks!

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    hi stacey, i don't use EOs in kids. but check out my course Healthy All Year for the most effective natural ways to boost immunity in kiddos, and also tackle common health issues that come up.