Kids with disabilities can be especially prone to illness. Our daughter has multiple disabilities and is fed by g-tube for medical reasons.
Fall has been a very difficult season for our household this year. It is always difficult for me as my allergies and asthma go through the roof. I am so thankful that Little Miss doesn’t have asthma and her allergic reactions are pretty mild.
I may have to change my 11 year old daughter’s nickname to “Little Missed” as the records show 17 days of school unattended! We’ve had a variety of illnesses – mostly upper respiratory things.
Two important helps: Vitamin C and Vitamin D
Vitamin C has helped with all the runny nose, sneezing, congestion stuff. I crush 1000 mg of Vitamin C (Little Miss weighs 75 pounds and can handle this amount), pour it into the syringe, pull food up into the syringe and give that to her 3 times a day in her blended meals.
Vitamin C is safe in large doses as far as my research can tell but I watch for two things:
1. No response to the Vitamin C within 24 hours means it most likely is NOT good Vitamin C. I switch to another brand. Does NOT have to be the most expensive one.
2. Diarrhea means too much vitamin C. I wait a day and reduce the dosage by 1/4.
Vitamin D is reported to boost the immune system and here in Chicago we get very little sun in winter to build Vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D is one of those Vitamins that can become toxic in high doses. Research conflicts but I give Little Miss only 400 IU to avoid toxicity.
So why did we get sick this fall if we are doing all the “right” things?
I prefer to ask “Would we have been much sicker if we had not?”
I think so. As it is we had no overnight hospital stays and I am very thankful for that!