Young children are prone to stomach bugs because their immune systems are still developing and they haven’t yet developed a broad range of antibodies from years of exposure to a variety of germs. Each illness episode will build a stronger immune system – but to limit outbreaks home and playschool/school – hygiene is key.
With School age children personal hygiene is key to avoid picking up a bug. Frequent hand washing with soap and warm water is most effective – best results are achieved by vigorously rubbing your soapy hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing. That’s the equivalent of singing the “happy birthday to me” song twice.
Always wash hands before eating, always wash after bathroom visits.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer offer some extra protection but some children can develop a sensitivity.
There supplements to Boost children’s immune system – select ones that contain vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and selenium in child friendly doses.
Start the day with juice and fruit – apple and orange juice both have plenty of vitamin c to help ward off infections and viruses but also in fruit form to help maintain a healthy gut.
Colourful fruits and Berries on porridge or in favourite cereal add flavonoids to boost defences.
Bring the right lunch – some probiotic yoghurt will strength the stomachs defences and adding some Omega-3 rich foods (walnuts and flaxseeds, salmon, soya, tofu) to slow viral stickiness.
For dinner perhaps think to add some garlic which strengthens the immune system and rids bad bacteria and viral load also sweet potatoes which have vit A that helps clear and protect the mucus membranes.
Hydration is key to re-establish lost fluids but also try to eat as normal to keep the energy and nutrition levels up to help convalesce better and quicker
To aid recovery try the BRAT diet – Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. These foods are bland and binding – they help stop diarrhea, don’t stress stomach and the sweetness eases nausea.