It is very common for children who start school to often suffer from recurring cold, as common bugs and bacterial infection run riot in classrooms. Boosting your grandson’s immunity through his diet can be very helpful, as a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, pulses, lean meats and fish can strengthen a child's immune defenses. Research has found that chicken broth helps to clear congestion and contains drug-like compounds very similar to the ones found in over-the-counter cold remedies! It is often documented that vitamin c is vital for a fully functioning immune system, but so too are vitamin A and E. Ensuring your grandson eats fresh fruits and vegetables such as carrots, , peaches, mangos, sweet potatoes can boost levels of vitamin C and A. Vitamin E can be found in oily fish, nuts seeds and their oil . Selenium and zinc are two minerals needed for the developing immune system, zinc is found in all meats, eggs, oily fish and oats to name a few food sources. Selenium is found in shellfish, Brazil nuts and wheat germ.

It can be hard to ensure that children eat what you serve them but by presenting it well and encoring children you can get there. Fresh fruit smoothie with natural yogurt and ground nuts can ensure he has a good dose of nutrients to start the day.

Mutil vitamins can offer some peace of mind if you child is a fussy eater, The Government guidelines recommend vitamin drops for all children aged 6 months to 5 years. Using products designed for children will prevent you from giving your child too much. Supplements should always be given with food and not on an empty stomach. Solgar, Bio care, higher nature and Nutri are all supplements companies that I would recommend.

As published in Swansea's Evening Post Kirsten2 ep