All parents know the drill. Your
youngster trots home and remarks upon six of his or her classmates being sent
home with a nasty sickness bug. Before you know it, he or she is looking a
little pale in the face and going to bed with significantly more haste than is
If you’ve got toddlers you’re at
the very beginning of this process. If your kids are eighteen, you’ve been
through it all. Sneezing, snotty noses, head lice, the Nora virus, diarrhea,
conjunctivitis, even chicken pox or scarlet fever. You name it, if you’ve got
kids you’ve either had it or you’re going to have it.
A recent study by Healthspan of
parents with children up to eighteen years has revealed that two thirds of
people think they are more prone to falling ill since having children.
On what lurgies they’d caught off
of their kids, parents from Healthspan’s survey said a runny or stuffy was most
common, followed by a cold. Flu and sickness bugs also featured high up on the
Six years ago, Bupa discovered
that half of Britain’s parents send their children to school when they are
unwell, and a fifth do so when their children have a contagious illness[i].
Avoiding nurseries and schools is impossible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t
be prepared for the germs that come with them.
What can I do to avoid catching
my children’s bugs?
There’s two answers for this,
prevention and cure.
Dr. Hilary, a spokesman for
Healthspan says, ‘The hard and fast rules are prevention at this time of year,
when cold viruses and other bugs are flying around. My best tips for parents is
to teach children to regularly wash their hands, and to ensure the whole family
is taking a vitamin D supplement to support their immunity. It’s also a good
idea to have pelargonium in your cupboard, ready to
treat cold symptoms as early as possible if they strike.’
A significant number of illnesses
are inevitable and the occasional cold is part of everyday life. But
fortunately, long-lasting, ancient human instinct means parents are absolute
troopers. Healthspan’s study shows 59% of parents’ battle on regardless of how
they feel when under the weather.
There is, however, substantial
evidence backing up vitamin D’s contribution to a healthy immune system. The
recommended Government intake of a supplement of 10mcg a day will have both you
and your offspring covered.
But what about Pelargonium?
We know Dr. Hilary suggests it,
but so does Dr. Sarah Brewer, GP and Medical Director at Healthspan:-
‘Pelargonium is my go-to, first-line treatment for colds,
coughs, sore throat, bronchitis, laryngitis and sinusitis. I know from personal
experience that it works far better than anything else I can recommend as a
Prevention is ideal, but as
the majority who have had to nurse their offspring back to health will know,
some bugs are simply unstoppable. Take Dr. Hilary’s advice and have Pelargonium in your cupboard, on standby
and ready for the next time your little one reports a school-wide spread of the
latest winter cold.