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Garlic: How to get your Child to Like it and Eat it, too!

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In some of my previous posts, the health benefits of garlic and its potential to fight off illnesses both in adults and children have been mentioned several times. Today, I will discuss its benefits for your child; how you can best prepare it and make it tasty for the little one, even for kids who don’t want (or resist) to eat this nutritious herb.

Benefits of Garlic to Children

Okay, let’s first talk about why you would want to give garlic to your child. For thousands of years, garlic has been known to be one of earth’s natural medicines. It contains antioxidants that help avoid and combat viruses that cause the common cold and flu. So it’s not quite surprising why garlic comes up as one of the natural ways to prevent illnesses during the flu season.

If your child is suffering from hay fever or cold, the vitamin C content in garlic will aid your child’s recovery. What’s even more interesting is garlic has manganese that is good against free radical damage, and vitamin B6 that is helpful for cleansing the liver. Vitamin B6 is also necessary for the production of red blood cells.

Basically, that’s a pack of health benefits all in one clove that my children ought to know!

Ways with Garlic for your Child to Enjoy

Now this is the harder part. We could go on the entire day talking about how great garlic is for your child’s health. But what good are these benefits if your child resists whenever you offer him garlic? It’s a challenge many parents face – convincing their children to eat healthy food, including garlic.

And while it may take several tries to actually get your kids to eat garlic, hope is never lost. Here are some ways you can make eating garlic more enjoyable for your little one:

Mix it with honey

If you are offering your child raw garlic alone, you can expect to get a “no”. Perhaps the reason why kids (and many adults too) don’t like eating raw garlic is because of its pungent smell and burning taste.

So what’s the trick here? Coat the taste with something that your child will love. A little of honey or maple syrup is perfect for this. You can take clove, crush it into smaller bits that are easy to swallow and mix it with honey. You have to try it yourself first, of course, just to make sure that the sweetness of honey overpowers the garlicky taste.

You can also make use of your food processor to mix the ingredients so that the garlic becomes really fine and smooth on the tongue.

Garlic Soup

Prepare warm chicken broth or soup (and this is really perfect for someone who is not feeling well), and add in some minced onions, thyme or sage. You can use crushed garlic, but minced bits seem easier to gulp down especially with the warm soup. To make the most of the benefits of garlic, don’t let the garlic stay too long in the heat. You can add it in about five minutes before the end of cooking time to make sure you preserve its nutrients.

Garlic Tea

If you continue to struggle with getting your child to eat garlic, then a tea recipe would be a great alternative. Cut a few cloves of garlic and simmer it in water for about an hour. Garlic tea is best served warm, and you can add a tablespoon of honey for that sweet blend.

While garlic is known to be safe to consume, if you are planning to start giving your children garlic when they are still babies, it is recommended that you only start introducing garlic when they are about 8 months. And even so, it has to be given in small amounts. You should also watch for allergic reactions and immediately seek medical help if your child experiences severe symptoms of allergy such as difficulty in breathing.

 

 

 

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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Kid-friendly Flu Relief

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Despite practising health precautions inside our homes and ensuring that everyone eats nutritious food, it can’t be helped that at some point, our little ones are going to catch flu. And for kids, having flu is just as bothersome and uncomfortable as it is for us adults.

As parents, we only want to see our children feel better again. But while there is no magic wand that could instantly take away the illness (and how we wish there was!), there are kid-friendly flu remedies that can help relieve symptoms and ease the discomfort that comes with catching flu.

Remedies to Consider

Over-the-counter Medication for Kids

The first thing many parents do when their child begins experiencing flu symptoms, such as cough, stuffy nose and fever is to grab an over-the-counter medication. When choosing a medication, however, you need to make sure that you are getting a medicine appropriate for your child’s age and condition. Read the dosage and other product specifications to be guided.

Kid-friendly products such as Cold and Flu Relief with Olive Leaf can be given to children two years and older. If you are unsure what to give your child though, or you want to find out if a certain medication can be used for your child, it’s best to speak with your healthcare provider.

Humidifier

A humidifier or vaporiser is an effective way to soothe your child’s clogged nose. The steam can help to loosen the mucus in the nasal airway, decongest the nose and relieve difficulties in breathing. If your kid’s room is next to the bath area, you can also turn on the warm water in the shower and allow the steam into their room. Otherwise, you can take them to the shower area and partially close the door for the steam.

Warm Soup

It’s typical for a child (or anyone, for that matter) to lose appetite when having flu. Leaving your child to skip on food would be the last thing on your list though, and even if you can’t easily convince your child to eat as much as they normally would, offering a bowl of warm soup or broth would be a good idea.

For one, the heat from the soup can help decongesting stuffy nose and offers a relaxing relief. Two, this is a great way to introduce natural remedies through their diet – you can add garlic, sage, thyme and other herbs that can help them recover much faster.

Vapour Rub

A massage or gentle rub on their chest will give them added comfort. It doesn’t only offer physical relief, but also has a psychological effect and gives them the feeling of assurance and affection. You can make use of homemade vapour rub using tea tree, peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils, or a ready-to-use vapour rub products from your local pharmacy.

Although these over-the-counter medications and home remedies can relieve the usual symptoms (cough, stuffy nose, headaches and body pains), a visit to your paediatrician is highly advised if your child is experiencing severe symptoms such as a high fever and constant vomiting.

 

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Top 7 Foods for Hay fever

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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Uncategorized