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    How can I help boost my child's immune system?

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    My child gets ill very often… how can I boost his immune system?
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  • Nyema Hermiston

    Homeopath, Naturopath, Registered Nurse

    Nyema has been in ‘general practice’ treating adults and children for acute and chronic illnesses for over 20 years. She is Vice President of The … View Profile

    Mineral deficiency is the first thing that comes to mind - iron, zinc, or both. If it's iron, you can tell by looking at the inner lower eyelids, and seeing how red or pink it is. It should be tomato red. Zinc deficiency you can see by white spots on the fingernails. It may be just one, pale spot, but this does indicate a zinc deficiency. A little vitamin C won't go astray either, but better to give your child fresh fruit. If they won't eat it, offer it to them first thing in the morning, before they start their usual breakfast. Usually they tuck into it without issue.
    Other than that, I use homeopathic medicines to boost the immune system -some kids, however well nourished, just need a hand with their immunity. If your child is a picky eater, there are homeopathic medicines that help this too.

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    I disagree with much of what Nyema has written.

    I note that Nyema wrote "I use homeopathic medicines to boost the immune system - some kids, however well nourished, just need a hand with their immunity. If your child is a picky eater, there are homeopathic medicines that help this too."

    With respect, homeopathy is just pseudo-science/medicine - there are no data from evidence-based health professionals that show that it has any benefit.

    To the person who started this discussion; please stick with advice from evidence-based health professionals about your child's immune system. 

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