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    Natural Health Products for Children and Infants

    Small children and especially infants are extremely sensitive to medication as much as they are to illnesses, even more so than adults. If you want to avoid exposing your kids to any kind of serious side effects, you should consider switching to one of the many alternative therapies designed specifically for babies and young kids available only from Complete Health.

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    Children’s Products for General Health

    As children grow, their immature bodies require more care to ensure that their physical and mental development isn’t hampered. During these early years our young ones are also more susceptible to illnesses as their immune systems don’t yet have the same antibodies that adults do. In addition, children and especially infants can’t really take care of themselves or even blow their noses. It is therefore essential that parents pay utmost attention to what their children are exposed to (e.g. pollutants, toxins, chemicals, harmful drugs and germs) to prevent further health complications.

    Complete Health offers a wide range of dietary supplements and health products for infants and children.

    One of the best ways to ensure that children remain healthy and less susceptible to illnesses is through a daily dose of vitamins and minerals. Health products that contain essential nutrients are extremely beneficial to young kids because it fills in the nutrition gap that comes from a bad diet. Especially with kids who are picky eaters, it can be difficult to maintain a balanced diet provided by healthy food like fruits and vegetables. Children’s supplements that contain fish oils which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids also promote improved mental development, as well as healthier eyes, skin, hair and nails.

    Supplements designed for children, such as multivitamins, not only provide that essential nutrients that ensure optimum growth of their bodies, but also strengthen their weak immune systems. These products also come in many forms such as chewable tablets or fruit-flavoured syrups, so that they are more palatable for children.

    Boosting children’s immune systems

    As soon as infants are born into this world, their bodies are initially protected by antibodies from their mothers that are transferred while they are still in the womb; this is also known as passive immunity. But after a few months, babies will have to rely on their immature immune systems until they reach the age of five when their bodies begin to develop their own anti-bodies to ward off infectious germs. During these very early stages of life, it’s important to protect them from substances that could adversely affect their general health.

    Children are also susceptible to illnesses when they grow older during playtime and in school when they are exposed to other children who may be carrying harmful bacteria. Unlike adults, most children are not fully aware of the importance of proper hygiene (e.g. washing hands properly, covering their mouth when sneezing), and they can also come in contact with germs just from handling contaminated toys and other unsanitary objects in their immediate surroundings. Protecting young kids from infections in these situations is virtually impossible, unless you can ensure a completely sanitized environment for them at all times.

    Aside from a healthy diet that provides all the essential micronutrients their bodies need to function optimally, children’s immune systems can fight off infections better if they get adequate amounts of sleep. Newborn babies may need up to 18 hours of sleep every day, 12 hours for toddlers, and about 10 hours for pre-schoolers. But children of all ages can have bouts of restlessness, particularly when they start day care when the increased physical activity and stimulation makes it difficult for them to fall asleep during nap time. Natural sleep aids for children will typically contain calming herbal ingredients like chamomile which are safe even for infants who are only six months old. These are much safer than pharmaceutical grade sleeping pills that normally contain antihistamines and antidepressants.

    Similar herbal ingredients can also be found in teething relief formulas to help calm infants when they experience extreme discomfort as their teeth start to grow out. Such teething remedies not only alleviate the pain, but also save them from the stress it causes which can weaken their immune systems even more and adversely affect their general health if left untreated for a prolonged period of time.

    An infant’s sensitive skin is also prone to irritation, particularly diaper rashes. But this can also be easily treated with nappy change creams that contain Calendula and chamomile extracts, which have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. These also contain almond and sesame oils which promote healthy smooth skin and also have regenerative properties due to their high Vitamin E content. Such natural oils are also found in sunscreen products made specifically for babies and small children.

    Alternative therapies for children’s illnesses

    It is inevitable for small children to succumb to illnesses like the common cold or flu. It’s not a question of ‘if’ rather ‘when’ it will happen. And while there are lots of over-the-counter cold medications specially designed for children, recent studies have revealed that it is unsafe for children under 4 years of age to use cough suppressants (dextromethorphan), expectorants (guaifenesin), decongestants (pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine) and antihistamines (e.g. brompheniramine, chlorpheniramine, diphenhydramine). These clinical studies show that aside from being largely ineffective for children, they also pose serious health risks.

    While most colds run their course within 5 to 10 days even without treatment, parents can help their kids fight off the infection and alleviate the discomfort with several natural children’s health products. Here at Complete Health, you will find formulas that contain herbal ingredients like Aconitum napellus (wolfsbane or monkshood), Allium cepa (onion), Manuka honey and Euphrasia which are effective against fevers, inflammations, cough, runny noses and bacterial infections.

    Once illnesses have subsided, it’s also important to replenish electrolytes lost due to vomiting or diarrhoea. Digestive disorders can also be prevented by using probiotics, which are helpful microorganisms that provide a healthy environment in the gastrointestinal system. Using these digestive supplements also ensure that children can process all the necessary nutrients available from the food that they eat.

    With Complete Health’s large assortment of children’s health products, you can ensure that your children are getting the best all-natural treatments that they deserve. Each one is formulated to address the specific needs of infants and young kids in the safest way possible, leaving you with less worries and less trips to the paediatrician.