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How long will it take for my son to build immunity to germs at school?

My son recently started scool for the first time. Will he build immunity to colds as he is exposed because he has been sick off and on since starting. His has been home more than at school Help!!!

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Asked by amybeth421 at 5:56 PM on Sep. 29, 2009 in

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  • Probably not. Germs change all the time. What he catches this week - although it may cause the exact same symptoms - may not be what he catches next week.

    Your best bet - a good daily multi-vitamin with extra Vit. C, healthy eating, frequent hand-washing with hot water & soap.

    Answer by Laura1229 at 7:07 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Teach him to wash his hands often and NOT put his hands on or near his face. Cough or sneeze into the crrok of his arm. You cant protect him from the germs and yes a good does of vitamin C and Zinc daily will help boost his ammune system

    Answer by vbruno at 7:31 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • There is a lot that you can do to help build up your son’s immune system. Start with enough sleep and drinking lots of water. Meat, dairy, sugar and artificial sweeteners, refined grains, and artificial flavors and colors can all suppress the immune system. Plant-based foods, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes all help build up the body’s natural defenses.
    There are supplements that may help. We take Echinacea for three weeks on and one week off.
    I had been resisting supplementing with probiotics until I read this:
    With all the hype about the upcoming flu epidemic, and the pros and cons of vaccination, how can we protect our children and ourselves?

    According to the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled study reported in the August issue of PEDIATRICS, probiotics may be useful to prevent cold and influenza-like symptoms in children.


    Answer by rkoloms at 10:14 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Of 326 healthy children three to five years old, 104 were randomly assigned to receive placebo, 110 received _Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM_ and 112 received a combination of _L acidophilus NCFM_ and _Bifidobacterium animalis subsp lactis Bi-07_. The children were treated twice daily for 6 months... Read the rest of the article here:


    Answer by rkoloms at 10:14 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • It depends how old he is. If he is in preschool, it takes a while. Otherwise, some kids get sick easily and some don't. Make sure he is getting enough sleep,stays hydrated, washes his hands often. and eats a well balanced diet. Make sure he covers coughs and sneezes with the inside of his elbow NOT his hands. Otherwise, there is not much else you can do.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:58 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • send in his own purell and tissue box, be sure they dont share pencils or other supplies, teach him not to touch his mouth or face, as a teacher we are sick usually for the first 3 years around small kids, if he didnt do prek then all the germs are new, make sure to bring home the work from days he missed and teach it to him so he isnt lost when he gets back to school.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 9:29 AM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • nope, kids just play ring around the rosey with sickys while in school . theres nothing anyone can do to stop it because there will always be that one or more kid and parent that just don't care , then the cycle starts again.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:14 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

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