Our homeopathist recommends Sambucol for Kids (there is one for Adults too). It has Elderberry extract, Echinacea and Propolis. It is specifically for congestion and cough and immune support. We take it at the first sign of sniffles and never really get sick. However, I have heard that asthmatics are cautioned against taking echinacea. I don't recall why specifically. I believe it is an allergenic herb for some people. Dh hasn't had any problem taking this and he had severe asthma for 20+ years. (His asthma and respiratory allergies have been basically cured by classical homeopathy though.)
We are all on classical homeopathy now; and ds doesn't even slow down more than for 24 hours, at most. And he is never sick for the 7-10 days like he was before we started homeopathy. He was sick 10 of 14 weeks his first winter! Also, we use large doses of Vit. C. I give ds 1000mg Vit. C twice a day. That is about a third an adult dose and he is about 1/3 my weight. We don't use Tylenol or Motrin which lengthen colds/flus. There was a study that showed anti-pyretics (fever reducers) lengthened the flu from 5.3 days to 8.6 days (in adults).
Basically, there are four times of the year that I focus on avoiding the high intensity germ exposures: just before
school starts, right after everyone has gone on their "last vacation for the summer"; just after
school starts in the fall; immediately after Thanksgiving; and immediately after the Christmas holidays until about February.
|Facts about an URI or cold:
- Most children will develop at least six to ten colds a year. This number increases for children who attend daycare.
- Colds may occur less frequently after the age of 6.
- Adolescents get colds about two to four times a year.