Building up the immune system.

The key to a healthy child is a healthy immune system. We want our kids to have an immune system that is balanced and responds appropriately to illness & infection, and is not over or under active. Zinc is the core of our immune system! Zinc deficiency is being called an epidemic worldwide and is typically the culprit behind frequent illness and infection (among other things). Giving your child a zinc supplement is a great way to build the immune system. Posted below is the zinc supplement I use for my child, and have had great results with. Indy is 15 months old and I give her 5 drops a day. Not all kids need it every single day, but zinc deficiency is of particular concern in the Down syndrome population so I give it to Indy every day. A few drops a few times a week would be great for immune system maintenance, and can be increased in times of illness. This supplement has a metallic taste and is best when given with something like juice or a smoothie. I put Indy’s together with her multivitamin, which is linked below, that has a good raspberry flavor. The reason I love this multivitamin in particular is because it is sourced from Whole Foods. It does not contain synthetic vitamins, artificial flavors, dyes, or any other questionable items. It is well rounded and far superior when compared to other liquid multivitamins. Indy has done great on it since 6 months of age. I give her 1/2 tsp daily, and will increase the dose as needed as she grows. The supplemental Zinc together with this multivitamin is a powerhouse for your child’s immune system.

There are several other things you can do and I love children’s health, so there will be more to come on this topic. Happy back to school month!

Much Love,

Terah

5 Comment

  1. Brianne Frodsham says: Reply

    I loved learning about this. I’ve been thinking of ways to prevent my kids from bringing home all the school germs and getting us all sick. What do you recommend for a big 6 year old and a big 4 year old? Thanks! -Brianne

    1. Terahbelle says: Reply

      HI Brianne! Thanks for reading 😊. I think 2 teaspoons would be a good dose for both of them.

  2. Brianne Frodsham says: Reply

    Thank you for the suggestion. Anything to fight off the colds this year!

  3. Kristin Steffen says: Reply

    Hi! I appreciate all of your information so much! My Lila is almost exactly one year younger then your beautiful Indy! (5/15/17) So it is so great that I found your IG page! Did you find out what vitamins Indy was deficient in? Or is the multivitamin you give her pretty standard? Lila will be four months Friday and I want to start her on something. I pump and she takes breastmilk in a bottle. Would you recommend putting the zinc in her bottle? Thank you so much for sharing your sweet girl with us, she (and you) are a true inspiration.

    1. Terahbelle says: Reply

      Hi Kristin! I am SO sorry, I don’t know how I missed your message. Congratulations on your sweet Lila!! And thank you so very much for your sweet message, that means a lot. I must say that I think you are superwoman for pumping for your babe for that long. That is a lot of work. What a good mama you are.
      As far as nutrition for Indy- I have not done any specific testing. I have researched what nutrients are the most common deficiencies in DS and just started supplementing. I am not supplementing anything in a high enough dose to require testing first. Zinc and Vitamin C are very common deficiencies in DS. Her multi is pretty standard as far as vitamin ratios. But it is by far my favorite vitamin! I think you could definitely try the Multi and the zinc in her bottle. Maybe start with just 3 days a week on the zinc, and a very small dose of the multi, like 1/4-1/2tsp and see how she does. Let me know if I can help in any other way. I love getting picture messages on Instagram if you want to send me one of Lila!!

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