According to the Mayo Clinic, kids under the age of six catch approximately six to eight colds a year. (Adults average two to four colds.)
Not only do kids get sick more often, their illnesses tend to last longer and include more symptoms. While the average adult cold lasts five to seven days, kids are often sick for ten. Adult colds usually consist of nasal congestion, while kids battle through congestion, sore throats, cough, irritability, decreased appetite and sleep disruption.
Kids in daycare tend to get sick more often, due to increased exposure to germs. But according to Dr. William Cotton, medical director of the Primary Care Network for Nationwide Children's Hospital, kids who aren't in daycare at an early age tend to get sick more often when they do enter school.
Boosting your children's immune system is one way to help them fight through the cold and sickness season. One way we keep our little man healthy this time of year is to give him BarleyLife® Xtra. We simply add a small spoonful of this fruit-flavored, green powder to his juice and water mixture.
He may get a runny nose every now and then, which means his body is getting rid of toxins. But that's a lot better than a full-blown cold that lasts ten days, don't you think?