Online and in the shops: Double boost for kids

Double boost: As children settle back into school and the days get shorter, the first of the seasonal coughs and colds have begun to make an appearance. 

Boost your child’s immune system with Sambucol Kids plus Vitamin C, a berry-flavoured syrup that can be taken by children aged 1 – 12. Sambucol combines two great immunity boosters: Black Elderberry extract and Vitamin C. According to research, not only does Sambucol boost immunity, it also fights illness by ‘coating’ the virus giving your child a better chance of fighting it off. Sambucol Kids is €9.49 from health stores; www.sambucol.co.uk

Online and in the shops: Double boost for kids

Girl power: Our Generation is a lovely new range of 18” dolls, exclusive to Smyths. Suitable from age 3+, Our Generation is all about imagination : Go on a horse back adventure with Lily Anna doll, dance with ballerina Sydney Lee (both €39.99), or practise braids, up dos and fishtails with Phoebe (€34.99). For every Our Generation doll, outfit or accessory you buy, a portion of sales also goes to Free The Children’s Power of a Girl Initiative to help provide girls in developing countries an education www.ogdolls.com. Smyths launch their new catalogue today and to celebrate there’s 20% of all toys in stores until Monday; www.smythstoys.com/ 

Online and in the shops: Double boost for kids

Probiotic aid: “Friendly” bacteria or probiotics play an important role in supporting everyday digestive and immune health. A probiotics supplement is often recommended to help support the immune system and in particular to restore the balance of good bacteria in the gut after a course of antibiotics.

Specially developed for children, each Quest KidzBiotix blackcurrant flavour chewable tablet contains probiotic bacteria, including L. acidophilus and L. casei. Suitable from age three and over, Quest KidBiotix is €9.95 for 30 caps from pharmacies and health stores; www.questexcellence.com 

Online and in the shops: Double boost for kids

Soothing support: Manuka Honey Kids Syrup is a 100% natural syrup made of anti-bacterial Manuka honey, glycerine and herbs, designed to soothe the symptoms of coughs and colds and support the immune system.

Suitable for children over 12 months, this formula has a sweet liquorice flavour and a teaspoon can be given up to four times daily as required. It costs €12 from health stores; www.naturalife.ie 


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