As parents, we are all concerned that our children have enough friends to help keep them happy and healthy – and sometimes we need to provide additional ‘friends’ to support their health and wellbeing.
Contact with groups of friends in the classroom can provide the perfect environment for unwanted bugs and illnesses to thrive, particularly in the winter months when the windows are closed and there is less chance to spend time outdoors.
Children are more likely to be in close contact with each other than adults, to share toys and games and to put their hands to their face and mouths more frequently. Children are also less likely to wash their hands properly or to put their hands over their mouths when coughing and sneezing.
“As well as unpleasant symptoms for the child, this can cause other inconveniences, such as GP visits, time off school and parental absence from work.” Dr Nigel Plummer, Managing Director at ProVen Probiotics
A survey commissioned by ProVen Probiotics in 2015 revealed that two thirds of children took days off school due to the common cold last year, meaning that two thirds of parents had taken time off work to look after them.
And when children bring bugs into the home, it is also likely that parents and other family members will pick them up too.
Antibiotics are designed to destroy bacterial infections, but have no impact on viruses. And whilst destroying the bad bacteria, they also wipe out the friendly bacteria that our bodies need to support immunity and digestion.
And this is where the extra ‘friends’ come in – probiotics are friendly bacteria that can help to replenish gut bacteria if antibiotics are required and have also been shown to support the body in fighting viral infections.
ProVen Probiotics’ Fit for School has been proven in a clinical trial to lead to:
- 50% reduction in total symptoms of coughs and colds
- 33% reduction in the number of episodes of cold symptoms
- 43% reduction in the number of visits to the GP and thus antibiotic prescription
- 30% reduction in absence from school and thus in childcare costs
Fit for School is available in two forms to suit you and your child:
- Stick packs containing 12.5 billion friendly bacteria plus vitamins C and D and prebiotics
- Chewable tablets containing 12.5 billion friendly bacteria with vitamin C
Find out more at www.provenprobiotics.co.uk