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Why is my son always sick?

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Created February 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old. I started Paleo in September and have been 80% to 90% paleo and have not gotten sick since I started. My 2year old gets sick every other week. I used to get sick too when ever he would bring a cold home, but now nothing.

When I was breast feeding my 10 month old and not giving him grains he never got sick either. He seems to have a stronger immune system than my 2 year old. When he gets sick it never really runs him down and we have never had to take him to the doctor for a cold. I am really worried about my 2 year old. He goes to daycare and brings something home every week it seems.

Other kids we know his age never get sick as much as he does. His colds always seem to turn into a bad cough that gags him and makes him throw up. The doctors are no help and say its normal for kids to get sick, but I really want to build his immune system.

Any suggestions on what I can feed him/ or eliminate to build up his immunity? He eats vegetables and fish and chicken, not crazy about meat. He loves Quesadillas and PB and J sandwiches, should I cut out the grain and dairy? He also loves rice and beans.

Also we are working on better sleep habits he does still wake up in the night and get bad sleep.

Possible Duplicate:
Are some people just genetically predisposed to get sick more often?

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:10 PM

I don't have a good answer to your question, but kids that get sick in day care when they're young are generally better off when they get older. Your doctors may be right on some counts: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/health/research/14childhood.html

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:36 PM

I agree. It's pretty normal to get many bugs at that age. I remember weeks and weeks of colds going through my family when my daughter was that age. You want this if it's just small bugs, in the long run they are building up antibodies. That is a good thing. If this continues literally every other week (use a diary, log it, it's easy to fool yourself when you are so busy) for more than a few months, I'd start to be concerned.

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:34 PM

I really don't see that this is a duplicate.

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Ewwww... that's so awful!

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:03 PM

I knew you'd chime in, Dragonfly :D. I've started replacing some of my supplementation.

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on February 12, 2012
at 05:43 PM

What about vitamin D? It was the cause of my constant diseases.

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I'll be blunt, when my son was that age and in daycare he got sick a lot, same thing happens with my friends and co-workers. The kids are still very young immunologically speaking, their immune systems haven't been exposed to a lot of bugs yet, and they're in a diverse social environment. They're going to pick up bugs. For everyone I know who's kids are in daycare or preschool there's about a year or two after they stop nursing where they just get EVERYTHING.

It sounds like your son is an adventurous eater (for that age group), mine is too. I really try to focus on getting my son to eat more of the highly nutritious stuff... more fish, more eggs, more sunlight, some liver, more vegetables and different vegetables. And not just at dinner I have no hesitation packing my son a lunch consisting of vegetables, hard boiled eggs, cheese and bite sized chunks of meat. Make sure all his meals are nutrient rich... I know it's so easy to punt to PB&J on a busy morning.

I'm not a big fan of dropping dairy in kids under 5 who are not still nursing, in traditional cultures preschoolers would still be getting milk from their mothers. Aged and fermented dairy, like yogurt, kefir and aged cheese can be really good for building up good gut flora, and that can help with overall immunity.

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:36 PM

I agree. It's pretty normal to get many bugs at that age. I remember weeks and weeks of colds going through my family when my daughter was that age. You want this if it's just small bugs, in the long run they are building up antibodies. That is a good thing. If this continues literally every other week (use a diary, log it, it's easy to fool yourself when you are so busy) for more than a few months, I'd start to be concerned.

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:34 PM

This may seem strange, but do you go in his daycare? I ask because we had friends that described exactly what you are and it turned out that the room the kids napped in had mould, and once they switched daycare their son was not sick at all.
My little guy was being sick a lot earlier this year, I upped his vitamin c (citrus fruit and lots of green leafys) and he's getting less sick.

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Ewwww... that's so awful!

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on February 12, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Definitely get his Vitamin D level tested. In the meantime, you can supplement 1000 IUs per 25 lbs of body weight. D3 drops work best for wee ones.

Also, his overall inflammation/stress level may be impacting his immune system.

Does he like daycare?

Does he have issues with no longer being the baby? That may be impacting his sleep, too.

Is he getting a lot of gluten/sugar/vegetable oil-laden treats at day care?

Definitely cut out gluten & dairy for awhile.

Peanut butter contains aflatoxins and a lot of PUFAs, so not a good idea, either.

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:03 PM

I knew you'd chime in, Dragonfly :D. I've started replacing some of my supplementation.

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:14 PM

Getting sick a lot is normal at this age when kids are in a day care. That being said, my daughter has had excellent results with the following diet. She is 18 months old, goes to a daycare for about 20 hours a week, and she still gets sick but they colds pass quickly and with minimal discomfort.

Breakfast: 2-3 eggs yolks cooked in a mixture of butter and coconut oil, fruit (usually frozen blueberries) mixed with greek yogurt (full fat), piece of sprouted bread used to mop up the leftover butter and oil from cooking the egg yolks

Lunch: 12 oz whole organic milk

Dinner: cheese, fruit, grass fed hot dogs (applegate farms from Trader Joes), peas, beans,

Before bed: 12 oz whole organic milk

Depending on where you live, plenty of daily sun.

I don't think kids this age care too much about meat. They like fat and carbs and get plenty of protein from those sources. You can try cutting out dairy, but in my opinion it is a economical and nutrient rich food that should only be avoided by those with allergies or intolerances. You don't have to cut out grains, you might be able to find a sprouted bread which is a great vehicle for more butter!

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on February 12, 2012
at 05:53 PM

my guess is that your son might be especially sensitive to grain and/or dairy and that cutting them out would be the best option -- at least to test the theory. he can of course still eat other carb sources -- tubers, potatoes, maybe even some rice. but if you have the feeling that your other son fared well when you eliminated those items, i'd give it a try now too. if you're eating paleo anyways, it should even make your life easier! as for some of his faves...i'm sure you can find satisfying substitutes. maybe slices of apple or banana with almond butter?

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:25 PM

ditch the milk get more water loaded fruit like grapefruits and grapes- great for immune system

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