Sherry Torkos, a holistic pharmacist, author, certified fitness instructor and mother, understands that it is hard to keep kids healthy. She knows this challenge is especially difficult when kids have their routines disrupted, like during summer vacation. And with young kids getting up to eight colds a year, getting one in summer is not uncommon.
Torkos shared her keys to keeping kids safe and healthy this summer with us.
1) Do kids get sick during the summer? Even when it's not cold and flu season?
Yes, kids and adults can get colds and flu during the summer months. Weather does not cause cold/flu. They are caused by viruses. They are more common during the fall and winter when people spend more time indoors.
The incidence of cold and flu rises during the fall when school starts and kids are indoors more and in closer contact. The drier air of winter can cause dry nose and mouth, and that can make it easier for viruses to enter the body.
2) Can taking vitamins help eliminate the threat of illness in kids? And if so, what should they be taking?
Vitamins and supplements can play an important role in supporting good health and preventing and treating various health issues. Here are some supplements to consider for kids, depending on their individual needs:
Multivitamin – A good multi is important for kids to ensure their bodies are getting all essential nutrients. Some kids are very picky eaters. It can be particularly hard to get kids to eat certain vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kale and cauliflower.
Look for a multi that is free of dyes and chemical fillers, and is geared toward your child’s age. There are great tasting gummies and chewable tablets available at most health food stores and pharmacies.
Probiotics – These are beneficial bacteria that support good health by aiding digestion and nutrient absorption, improving immune function, and warding off infections. They are particularly important to consider if your child has taken antibiotics, has digestive problems like gas, constipation or diarrhea, or gets frequent infections.