Parent Gets Child Ready For School

Why kids’ wellbeing is more important than ever

It’s been a tough couple of years for children, as pandemics and lockdowns have interfered with in-class time, social interactions, and usual hobbies, and with the unpredictability of the year ahead, supporting the wellbeing of the tamariki in our lives is key to their on-going resilience. And if it makes parents and caregivers lives a little easier as well, then that’s even better.

Whatever happens this year, being prepared to support your children’s learning and wellbeing wherever that learning might take place is important for getting through the year feeling positive.

Back-to-school health

Research out of Aotearoa New Zealand is clear that lockdowns are difficult socially and emotionally for children. Getting back into the classroom this year may come with its challenges, as longer periods of staying on task and being back around more people triggers them.

Importance of routine

While we might have previously been trying to limit screen time, our world has flipped to relying more on technology. The good thing is that it’s certainly changed the way we use it and has exposed us to helpful and educational apps and information.

Keeping children involved in activities around the house like baking or cooking, chores, and being outside, supports learning, family time and overall wellbeing. Play is an important part of development for children.

A daily routine is settling and useful, but more so when there is change. Sticking to set activities like watching a show, doing a chore or reading a book together – including usual bedtime and morning routines – can help with communication and quality time, particularly when other parts of your day can feel like a bit of a juggle.

Holistic health for your little ones + our top picks

Kid’s Immune Health

Complementary health can support the body in very simple ways. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and wholefoods, and low in processed foods and sugar has been shown to provide nutrients that help the immune system to function. If your darling is a wee bit picky and you’re finding it challenging to get good nutrition in, there are a range of supplements to support kids’ immune health including tasty powders and liquids, as well as gummies and chewable tablets.

Our top picks

NutraOrganics are on-hand with fruit and veggie top-ups in the form of their Veggie Hero and Berry Immune. These tasty blends of superfoods, fruits and vegetables can be easily mixed into juices, cereal, yoghurt, or smoothies and provide a range of natural vitamins and minerals that help support a healthy little immune system.

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If your little person is famous for catching every bug that goes around,  Inner Health Immune Booster Kids is a well formulated probiotic designed specifically to support the functioning of the immune system.

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If your child’s diet is pretty good but you want to make sure they’re getting essential nutrients like  Vitamin CZinc, and Vitamin A, Radiance Kids Immune VitaChews is here to support. Featuring other ingredients like Vitamin EOlive Leaf and Echinacea, it’s superb for supporting a healthy immune response. The natural strawberry flavour is sure to win your kids over and make taking supplements easy-peasy.

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Kid’s Daily Wellness

Covering our nutritional bases is important for everyday health. Children spend a lot of metabolic energy growing and learning, more so than adults, so making sure the goodness is readily available is essential for healthy and happy kids.

Our top picks

Nuzest Kid’s Good Stuff or Zeapure VitaScoop are specially designed for the nutritional needs of children and can be made into a delicious milkshake. Both are fantastic for providing protein, as well as a wide range of vitamins and minerals to their diet. Flavours range from vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or caramel, so there is something for every tastebud. Kids can take it to school in a double walled stainless bottle for a tasty snack.

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As our time in front of screens inevitably increases, and our reliance and use of technology for every part of life and learning becomes normal, protecting eyes from free radical damage because of blue light is of prime importance. Our eyes contain high amounts of antioxidant pigments that concentrate in the macula (part of the retina at the back of the eye). Supplying a regular intake of eye nutrients and antioxidants can support the eye from free radical damage.

Radiance Kids Eye Vitachews contains antioxidant lutein, Vitamin E, and beta carotene - essential for good eye health and comes in a delightful blueberry chew tab.

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Kid’s brain health

Staying focused may come with hurdles as children head into the classroom this year. With some children spending less time without structured lessons last year, combined with the heat of summer, it’s likely they’ll need an extra helping hand when it comes to good nutrition, clean water, and additional nutrients.

Our top picks

Clinicians Kids Brain Beams is a chewable tablet containing amino acids which have been researched and shown to support healthy brain function and good learning skills in children thanks to the support for neurotransmitter production that the amino acids offer. Little one running low? This tasty choice is great for supporting mental energy.

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We can’t talk about brain health without talking about  Omega 3 fatty acids (in particular DHA) which support healthy brain development and the capacity to learn. Blackmores have created an  orange-berry chewable that is a great source of DHA and has additional Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Iodine for good measure.

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Kid’s Sleep & Calm

A good night’s sleep is important for everyone, but with the amount of growing and running around that children do, a restorative sleep before a busy day of learning is essential to their growth and development.

Our top picks

Wild Dispensary to the rescue before bed or when moods need soothing with their Kids Rest & Calm - Nervine Tonic. Formulated by a Naturopath & Herbalist, Wild Dispensary have chosen organic Chamomile and wild harvested Californian Poppy to settle nerves, soothe tummies, and calm moods. This sweet and tasty liquid formula can be taken as needed and works quickly.

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Lunchbox friendly staples:

If you’re looking for inspiration for back to school snacks that are delicious and healthy, get your little one to help you prep these tasty ideas - created by our Holistic Nutritionist  Lena Fischer:

After school snacks:

After school is the perfect time to bump up kids nutrition and help them wind down from a big day of learning. Smoothies and homemade ice blocks are a hit with both adults and children, especially during these warmer months.

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Always read the label and use as directed. Vitamins and minerals are supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet.

  • Nutra Organics, Natural Things Ltd, Auckland
  • Inner Health, Metagenics, Auckland
  • Radiance (Pharmacare), Auckland
  • Nuzest Vital Health Company Ltd, Auckland
  • Zeapure (Winston Nutritional), Auckland
  • Clinicians (Douglas), Auckland
  • Blackmores, Auckland
  • Wild Dispensary, Auckland

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