Kindergarten days – how to get through
With early autumn days and lower temperatures, every parent starts to fear the onset of the so-called “disease season” which our little kindergarteners or schoolchildren simply have to go through.
The most vulnerable are children who who have just started kindergarten and who haven’t been exposed to larger groups of children before because they were in a safe home zone.
As we all know, in a kindergarten or school the child is in contact with a large number of children who either have a cold or who are in the incubation period for infectious diseases or are healthy carriers of diseases, which increases the chance of infection with a virus or bacterium.
Although most children have normal immunity, it is not “experienced” enough because the immune system is developing and children often get more serious illnesses.
Acute respiratory infections (viral and bacterial) are most frequent, and in certain areas and at certain times, intestinal infections, skin infections and parasitic diseases also create problems.
Early start of the nursery is associated with significantly larger number of illnesses in children, which amounts to two to three times a month on average. Only after the third year of kindergarten, the frequency of falling ill drops to the level of children who do not go to kindergarten.
On the other hand, falling ill is an integral part of growing up and no one can skip it, but there are many ways to help the immune system to strengthen and function when needed.
For this reason, it is very important from the earliest age to incorporate healthy habits in children such as hand washing, healthy and varied diet (plenty of fruit and vegetables), staying in the fresh air and, what parents will love the most – enough sleep. The sooner you teach your child to put their hands on their mouth when they sneeze or cough, to blow their nose to protect other children and be a positive example to others.
Beta-glucan – aid from the nature
Sometimes healthy habits are not enough and the immune system of our youngest needs help. In that case, it is a good idea to use dietary supplements with highly-purified beta-glucans and vitamin C, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
Beta-glucans are multiple chains of polysaccharides in which D-glucose monomers are linked by beta-glycosidic bonds. In the nature, beta-glucans are found in cellulose in plants, in cellular walls of yeast, in cereal bran (barley, oats, rye and wheat), reishi, shiitake and maitake mushrooms, and algae and bacteria. Beta-glucan was first isolated in 1968. Beta-glucans isolated from yeast are insoluble form – (1,3 / 1,6-beta-glucan) which, according to many studies, has greater biological activity than its soluble (1,3 / 1,4) form.