Combating Fall Illness

The season for colds, flu, and viruses has arrived once again at Brenwood Academy.  It’s normal you say? We understand and relate to the frustrations that parents have this time of year as the directors are parents as well.  It is, unfortunately, a normal part of having a child in school or childcare and as a parent; this is the difficult part of taking the first steps to exposing them early.

A long-term study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal from 1998 to 2006, found that toddlers in group child care get sick more often than toddlers who stay at home, but found those same kids get sick less often than their peers during the elementary school years.

Many pediatricians will agree that even healthy children will get sick while in school or childcare.  Natural ways to help build up immune systems in children are to serve foods that are rich in protein, zinc and vitamin C, and free of refined sugar. Parents should consider supplementing their toddlers’ diets with immune-boosting vitamin D and probiotics, both of which are available in kid-friendly drops or chewable tablets. Exposing children to viruses is an important part of building their immune system.”  Today’s Parent

Having your child enrolled in a licensed early education center ensures that guidelines for cleanliness are required and audited regularly.  State license regulations for child care centers, in addition to the cleanliness guidelines to obtain SACS accreditation ensures your child is in the best environment to combat these illnesses.   For our private school students, these guidelines are stricter in comparison to other school and elementary settings because of Bright From The Start license regulations.