Preschooler

Syrups to strengthen immunity - is it worth giving them to children?


Autumn and winter season is in full swing. The time begins when children go to nurseries, kindergartens, schools (they often go there for the first time, which is quite a challenge for their immunity) and outside the weather is playing tricks. It is during this period that most children get sick and infect others.

How not to let your child get sick? It's best to try to strengthen immunity in all possible ways. On television, in the press and on the Internet, we are overwhelmed with suggestions for preparations to strengthen the child's immunity. For the youngest, most often in the form of syrup.

But is it worth buying such preparations and giving them to children?
Syrups available in pharmacies are tempting with diversity: colors, flavors, characters of your favorite cartoons. Which one will best suit our child?

It all depends on what needs our toddler, how old he is and does he need such a preparation at all?

I looked at several syrups to strengthen immunity (in my opinion the most popular) and here's what I found in them.

Bioaron C syrup for children from the age of 3 - around PLN 10

Composition:
100 ml syrup contains: aloe extract (strengthens immunity) - 38.4 g, vitamin C - 1.02 g. Excipients: sucrose (sugar), concentrated chokeberry juice (chokeberry contains many valuable vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, E, from the PP group), sodium benzoate (preservative), purified water.

Action

The preparation was found to cause increase in the number of B and T lymphocytes and the number of antibodies circulating in the blood, resulting in the restoration of a normal immune response. Stimulation of weakened body immunity, helps fight bacterial and viral infections.

In addition, Bioaron C syrup contains vitamin C and chokeberry juice, which is also a source of vitamins and minerals.

indications
Incidentally in:

  • upper respiratory tract infections, e.g. in the treatment of colds,
  • lack of appetite

Contraindications:

Do not use the drug if there is fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption, sucrase-isomaltase deficiency.

Dosage: 5 ml twice a day.

The syrup composition appears to be quite good, aloe, chokeberry, vitamin C. encourage purchase. The sugar content in the form of sucrose is unfortunately visible, although this ingredient appears third on the label. However, he worried me the most sodium benzoate contained in syrup.

Although benzoate is very often used in carbonated drinks, we do not give them to children, however. Properties of sodium benzoate are not fully explored, but it is known that this ingredient causes more harm than good.

In some people may release histamine and cause allergic reactionsand in people sensitive to aspirin: gastrointestinal disorders. On the internet I also found information that sodium benzoate in combination with vitamin C (which is also contained in syrup) can turn into carcinogenic compound. A scientist from Sheffield University proved that sodium benzoate damages the genetic code, can cause Parkinson's disease, liver cirrhosistherefore it should not be given to children. Of course, opinions on the consumption of sodium benzoate are divided, some give standards safe for health, others prohibit its consumption absolutely.