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<p>Let's talk about all the things we like to do to support our children's immune systems in addition to vaccinating. :) </p>
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<p>In our family we wash hands a lot - not immune system support I know, but good hygiene practice. We always wash when we come in the door. We're also a shoes off in the house family, to limit the outside dirt/germs coming into the house. </p>
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<p>Nutrition wise we're not strict about organic (which I know in any case has no evidence of really being better), but most of our veggies, come from a local organic farm.  I definitely like to limit processed foods, especially HFCS and vegetables with a lot of pesticides and toxic chemicals. All of that junk to deal with in addition to the germs can't be helpful!  </p>
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<p>All in all though my kids are really very healthy. They're rarely sick, and when they are it's usually just a mild cold. We have no allergies or serious chronic conditions we're worrying about. I feel very blessed. </p>
 

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<p>Let's talk about all the things we like to do to support our children's immune systems in addition to vaccinating. :) </p>
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<p>In our family we wash hands a lot - not immune system support I know, but good hygiene practice. We always wash when we come in the door. We're also a shoes off in the house family, to limit the outside dirt/germs coming into the house. </p>
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<p>Nutrition wise we're not strict about organic (which I know in any case has no evidence of really being better), but most of our veggies, come from a local organic farm.  I definitely like to limit processed foods, especially HFCS and vegetables with a lot of pesticides and toxic chemicals. All of that junk to deal with in addition to the germs can't be helpful!  </p>
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<p>All in all though my kids are really very healthy. They're rarely sick, and when they are it's usually just a mild cold. We have no allergies or serious chronic conditions we're worrying about. I feel very blessed. </p>
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<p>During the winter especially, we take certain precautions. We use those cute cloth covers for high chairs in restaurants and shopping carts.  My husband takes the train to work so he makes sure to wash his hands/change his clothes right when he walks through the door. </p>
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<p>We don't take our shoes off unless we are going upstairs where the carpet is, although in general I don't think this practice is as common in the US as it is in other countries. </p>
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<p>I try not to worry about germs too much (especially now that my son is older) because I think it's good within reason for kids to get exposed to them to build up immunity.  </p>
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<p>I'm lucky that my son is not a super picky eater, so he gets vegetables/grains/protein/fruit everyday.  We don't always buy organic, but we do pretty often.   I couldn't care less about whether the food is GMO or not. I may be alone in that here on mothering, but I'm just not convinced that there is anything harmful about them. </p>
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<p>Fun topic, thanks :) </p>
 

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<p>Washing hands and good nutrition. I'm not too concerned about organic either, but most of our veggies are pesticide-free since I grow a big garden and don't use pesticides (in general, they're more hazardous to the farmer/gardener than to the end consumer if they're used properly-- so that's the main reason). Exercise, sunshine, fresh air. The basics.</p>
 

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<p>I eat a ton of yogurt and daughter, who doesn't care for it, takes a probiotic supplement.  I don't know how much it helps but it certainly doesn't hurt.</p>
 

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<p>Have any of you ever used any Vaccination support supplements? I remember MDC was advertising one (VacciSheild) a while back. They seem to have stopped...</p>
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<p> Got curious so did some Googling - I found this old competition sponsored by them: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/a/enter-to-win-from-vaccishield">http://www.mothering.com/community/a/enter-to-win-from-vaccishield</a>, and this old advert: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/a/vaccination-support-from-vaccishield">http://www.mothering.com/community/a/vaccination-support-from-vaccishield</a>. Haven't seen any more recent.</p>
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<p>Here's an article by Peggy O'Mara interviewing the mom who designed and sells VacciShield: <a href="http://www.peggyomara.com/2014/05/13/a-doctor-mom-business/" target="_blank">http://www.peggyomara.com/2014/05/13/a-doctor-mom-business/</a></p>
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<p>In any case I'm not convinced this would do anything more useful than you can get by eating healthy (which for babies I mean breast milk of course), but I wondered if anyone on here has any experience with it.  </p>
 

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<p>I'm not especially impressed by the special vaccine blend, but I don't think you can really go wrong with a sensible dose (not an overdose) of vitamins, minerals, and probiotics.  As I posted above, I'm a big fan of probiotics.  My daughter took her first sick day in four school years last Monday, and frankly, I think she was more stressed and overtired (we had had a really hectic weekend including a lot of traveling and not a lot of sleeping because the hotel was noisy and the beds were sucky) than actually sick, since she went back to bed and was fine by noon.</p>
 
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