A Holis­tic Pe­di­a­tri­cian’s Rx FOR COLDS & FLU

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Holis­tic pe­di­a­tri­cian Elisa Song, MD, has been help­ing par­ents nav­i­gate cold and flu sea­sons for years. The mother to two daugh­ters and founder of Whole Fam­ily Well­ness clinic in Bel­mont, Calif., Song knows a thing or two about pre­vent­ing and treat­ing nasty bugs. “As the cold and flu sea­son ap­proaches, ev­ery par­ent wants to know the same thing,” says Song. “What can I do to boost my child’s im­mune sys­tem?” In ad­di­tion to com­mon­sense mea­sures, such as elim­i­nat­ing junk food from your child’s diet and mak­ing sure sleep is a pri­or­ity, Song has found that cer­tain reme­dies give a child’s body “that ex­tra de­fense to more ef­fec­tively ward off and fight colds and flus.” Here are four of her fa­vorites— be sure to stock up on them now!

VI­TA­MIN C: Stud­ies on vi­ta­min C for cold and flu preven­tion have yielded mixed re­sults, says Song. Even so, she be­lieves the vi­ta­min’s pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant ac­tiv­ity plays a vi­tal role in help­ing the body ward off and deal with in­fec­tions. ED­I­TOR’S PROD­UCT PICK: Amer­i­can Health Ester- C Kid­stiks Mul­ti­vi­ta­min & Min­eral Sup­ple­ment

OSCILLOCOCCINUM: This is a home­o­pathic medicine de­signed to pre­vent or re­duce the du­ra­tion of the flu. “I also give my kids one vial of Oscillococcinum be­fore or right af­ter any known ‘ germfest’— birth­day par­ties, plane travel, etc.,” says Song. ED­I­TOR’S PROD­UCT PICK: Bo­iron Oscillococcinum

ARABINOGALACTAN: This nat­u­ral ex­tract from the larch tree is a lit­tle- known se­cret weapon for en­hanc­ing “nat­u­ral killer cell” and macrophage ac­tiv­ity— both crit­i­cal to a healthy im­mune re­sponse. Song rec­om­mends the pow­der in her prac­tice, dis­solved in a drink or smoothie. Use ½ – 1 tsp. two times daily. ED­I­TOR’S PROD­UCT PICK: ChildLife First De­fense

NASAL SPRAY: “One of the most pre­ven­tive things you can do is to ir­ri­gate nasal pas­sages with Xlear nasal spray at the end of ev­ery day, and af­ter any po­ten­tial ex­po­sure ( work, school, play­groups, plane travel, etc.),” says Song. This saline nasal spray is made with xyl­i­tol, a sugar al­co­hol that has an­timi­cro­bial prop­er­ties. ED­I­TOR’S PROD­UCT PICK: Kid’s Xlear Saline Nasal Spray

Learn more about Dr. Song at healthykid­shap­pykids. com.

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