With the first days of autumn and lower temperatures, every parent goes through a slight chill from the beginning of the so-called “disease season” that our little kindergarteners or schoolchildren simply have to go through.
Children who are just starting kindergarten are the most affected and have not been exposed to the collective so far because they were in a safe home zone.
As we all know, in kindergarten or school, a child is in contact with a large number of children who have either a cold or an incubation of infectious diseases or are healthy carriers, which all increases the possibility of infection with a virus or bacteria. Although most children have normal immunity, they are not “experienced” enough because the immune system is developing and children are more often and more seriously ill.
The highest frequency is acute respiratory infections (viral and bacterial), and in some areas and in certain periods, intestinal infectious diseases, skin infections and parasitic diseases also create difficulties.
Early departure to the nursery is associated with a significantly higher incidence of children, which averages two to three times a month. Only after the third year of their stay in the collective does the frequency of illness fall to the level of illness of children who do not go to kindergarten.
On the other hand, illness is an integral part of growing up and no one can skip it, but there are many ways to help the immune system strengthen and function when needed.
That is why it is very important to instill healthy habits in children from an early age, such as: hand washing, healthy and varied diet (lots of fruits and vegetables), staying in the fresh air and what parents will like more – enough sleep. As soon as possible, teach your child to put his hand to his mouth when it rains or coughs, to blow his nose to protect other children and to be a positive example to others.
Beta-glucan – help from nature
Sometimes healthy habits alone are not enough and the immunity of our youngest needs help. In that case, it would not be bad to reach for dietary supplements with highly purified beta-glucans and vitamin C, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
Beta-glucans are multi-chain polysaccharides in which D-glucose monomers are linked by beta-glycosidic bonds. In nature, beta-glucans are found in cellulose in plants, in yeast cell walls, grain bran (barley, oats, rye and wheat), in reishi, shiitake and maitake mushrooms, and in algae and bacteria. Beta-glucan was first isolated in 1968. years. Beta-glucans isolated from yeast are an insoluble form – (1,3 / 1,6-beta-glucan) which according to many studies has a higher biological activity than its soluble (1,3 / 1,4) form.