21 Aug 2019

How to Stay Healthy When Back to School

Our back to school advice, supplement recommendations and how to deal with head lice.

General wellbeing and advice

Whether it’s their first day in school or their return to school after a summer of enjoyment all children need some extra care for the winter months to protect their immune systems and help them fight off any nasty germs. During the winter months children can be prone to coughs and colds, ear infections, sore throats and other viruses.

The best way to protect your child is to make sure they have a healthy lifestyle eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise on a regular basis. To support their nutritional needs there are numerous supplements available in our stores.

Multivitamins

Swedish Nutra SuperKids

A multivitamin which contains 28 active ingredients in each dose plus a Super Green blend i.e. Broccoli, Spirulina. It is a liquid that can be added to water or juice for a diluted version and so it is suitable for those who do not like taking capsules or tablets.

The formula supports healthy growth, immune system and nervous system. It contains Vitamin C to protect your immune system and Vitamin D3 which is essential for good bone health. It contains 10mg Lutein and 2.5g Zeaxanthin supporting eye care and is Iron free. It is 100% natural, non-GMO and free from Gluten, Lactose, Wheat, Soya, Eggs, Nuts & milk. It is suitable for children who are 5 years plus in age and can be taken with probiotics and fish oils also.

Vivioptal Junior

Vivioptal Junior has been specifically developed for active children of all ages from 1 year old. It has a pleasant orange flavour and does not contain any sugar or additives. It contains Zinc, Selenium and Calcium, Vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, and E. It is a great option for children attending play school or creche. It supports natural growth and development, immunity, concentration and the nervous system.

Supplements for Concentration

Omega 3 Fish Oils - Eskimo Kids Liquid

Eskimo 3 fish oil is one the purest fish oil supplements on the market. Unlike cod liver oils, it is taken from the muscle of the fish rather than the liver, allowing it to be purer. It contains a range of Omega-3 fatty acids that may help to maintain optimum brain function, healthy joints, circulation and skin.

Research shows that Omega-3 fatty acids aid brain function, digestive health and metabolism balance, perfect for when returning to school. Eskimo 3 Oil is available in a liquid or capsule format. It is naturally flavoured with lemon to minimise any fishy taste. It is not recommended for haemophiliacs or anyone on anti-coagulant medication.

We have a variety of options in our stores to help teenagers returning to school in September. If you require any further advice, please visit us in store.

Revive Teen

This product is ideal for busy teenagers ages 13 to 19 going back to school to support their cognitive development, protect their immune system and provide nutritional support to meet all their needs. It supports the heart, brain, bones and immune system.

It comes as an unflavoured formula in a sachet that can be easily added to drinks, yoghurt or cereal. It contains 18 essential vitamins and minerals and delivers 5 fruit and vegetable extracts including a prebiotic fibre for gut health. It is suitable for vegans, vegetarians and has no added sugar. For active teenagers it contains Wellmune. Wellmune is derived from baker’s yeast and is clinically proven to strengthen immune cells in the body. It also supports muscle development and reduces inflammation. It is perfect for football, basketball, rugby season and other sporting activities.

Revive Mastermind

This supplement is ideal for any teenagers studying for exams to aid their mental performance, concentration, brain and cognitive function. It helps with mental stress from study or personal life.

It is an effervescent sachet that dissolves in water. Exam students 15 years and over take one sachet a day and under 15 years take half a sachet daily. The key ingredients are Omega-3 DHA, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, and zinc. It does contain Milk and Soya but is suitable for vegetarians and is gluten free. The ingredients Urdine and Choline help with brain function, memory and mood also.

Supplements for the immune system

Sambucol for kids

Sambucol for kids is a unique elderberry extract rich in immune supporting flavonoids. It has the remarkable ability to stimulate the body’s immune system through its ingredients. It is suitable from 2 to 10 years of age. It is pleasant tasting and is dairy, nut and gluten free.

Other tips to protect children on the return to school

  • Encourage regular hand washing to prevent infection.

  • Encourage them to cover their mouths when coughing to reduce the spread of airbourne germs.

  • Encourage them to dispose of any used tissues in the appropriate bins.

  • Keep some hand sanitiser gel in their school bags to use on their hands throughout the day.

  • Always ensure children have a breakfast and a healthy packed lunch – nutrition is the best way to support their immune systems and help with concentration during the school day. Remember to include fruit and veg to make up the recommended 7 a day for a balanced diet.

  • Ensure all vaccines are scheduled and up to date.

  • If your child has any allergies make sure you let the school know ie: peanut allergy may require the school to keep an adrenaline pen on site for administration in case of emergency.

  • If your child has Asthma ensure you have a spare inhaler for their school bag and inform the teacher.

  • Check with the school regarding policies in place if your child needs to take medication during the school day - it may be important that they do not miss a dose of their medication during this time. Your pharmacist can advice you on any medication questions you may have at this time.

  • Check school bags or with your child daily for any correspondence from the school ie: a letter to say there is headlice or an illness circulating in the school. Often schools provide advice in these situations to help protect your child from exposure to such situations.

  • Encourage good sleep routines – most healthy children need up to ten hours sleep a night and this need decreases with age. Sleep is as important as diet and exercise.

  • Encourage children to engage in physical activity after school to combat the effects of sitting all day at school. Exercise helps them maintain a healthy weight, helps relieve stress and tension and will aid better sleep.

Headlice

Anyone can get headlice and contrary to belief they are not associated with dirty hair. Below are some tips to prevent and treat headlice and some suggested products to help you deal with headlice.

Headlice Advice
  • Regular fine combing is encouraged to help with detection – use a fine comb or the V-vomb for regular checking of the hair.

  • Use repellents to keep the lice away daily– we suggest using Lyclear Head lice repellent or Nitty Gritty or tea Tree products.

  • Keep long hair tied up in a bun so as there is less risk of contamination.

  • Only those individuals with active head lice infestation should be treated.

  • Inform the school if your child has head lice – by doing this they can encourage other parents to treat their children and eliminate the problem successfully.

  • If a treatment option fails to work (after re-treating with the same product 7 days apart) ALWAYS switch to an alternative product.

Headlice Prevention and detection:
V Comb

The V comb is an easy to use product which eliminates both head lice and their eggs (nits) through a vacuum suction. It has disposable capture filters with a bright LED light to enable vision of what has been captured. Ask in store for more details.

Lyclear

Lyclear Head Lice Repellent has a pleasant smell, which is suitable for daily use for all the family from 12 months onwards. Be sure to cover all the hair paying attention to the areas close to the neck and behind the ears. Allow the hair to dry naturally without applying heat. This product contains eucalyptus oil, limonene and citral. It cannot be used if the child is allergic to essential oils or is asthmatic.

Other repellents include Nitty Gritty, Kelkin Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner.

For any further advice or queries please speak to one or our trained staff or pharmacists in store. We are here to help.

Headlice treatment
Full Marks

This easy to apply solution or spray can be used on adults and children over 2 years. It is odourless and only takes 5 minutes to work. You apply it to dry hair for 5 minutes and wash out with a conditioning shampoo. The treatment should be repeated after 7 days. If infestation is still present, switch to another product at this point. Full marks products include a detector comb, which is specially designed to detect headlice.