The information you’ll find here on boosting the immune system is a result of Safe Baby Healthy Child Health Expert Dr. Murray Clarke’s 25 years of successfully helping children live healthier lives. From his world-renowned clinic in Santa Monica, he has treated the entire range of children’s conditions from recurrent ear infections, colds, coughs, sinusitis and flus to allergies, eczema, asthma and digestive complaints. Dr. Clarke has become one of the most sought-after holistic pediatricians in California and is known for restoring health to infants and children with conditions that are difficult to diagnose and treat including behavioral disorders, ADD, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Each year in a child’s life is clearly marked and can be remembered by the end of the summer holidays and the return to school.
There are many experiences, emotions and associations involved in this event for each child: anticipation, excitement, anxiety, apprehension, new faces, new teachers, new learning, sometimes new surroundings or a new school. Different children will react and be affected by this experience in different ways.
Along with these emotional stressors, children also experience the change of seasons with fall turning into the winter season, when colds and the flu are most prevalent and circulating around the school and community.
The return to school can sometimes be experienced by a child as a stress and therefore make them more susceptible to what they may be exposed to in their environment.
With so much going on, this time of the year can become the most challenging and the most important time for supporting your child’s health, development and particularly their immune strength.
Children are “Under Construction”
As children grow, develop, mature and experience new situations, we can be looking out for and supporting their growth on many dimensions. These dimensions and aspects of their being include their physical, emotional, mental/mind and spiritual well-being. Each one of these aspects will affect the others and they are all intimately connected.
We have to constantly remember that infancy and childhood growth is a very delicate time. Children are human beings “under construction.” In many ways, they are working much harder adults.
As adults, we need to eat enough food each day to make enough energy to perform our daily tasks and responsibilities. Yet, children require food and nutrients to go about their daily tasks, school and functions, as well as grow bigger each day. This combination of bodily growth and functioning at the same time creates the critical need and increased importance for the building blocks of life, the “essential nutrients” vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids.
On a purely physical level, it is an infant’s and child’s food, nutrition and diet, that will be the major factor in determining the health, strength and integrity of their bodies, brains and immune system.
Understand the Foundation of the Immune System
The physical foundation and basis of every child’s health, growth and development is made by receiving the correct amount of all the established “essential nutrients” on a daily basis. These “essential nutrients” are comprised of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids.
The term “essential” is given to these nutrients by the National Academy of Sciences. After many years of research it has been shown that these particular nutrients are required for, and involved in so many critical functions within the body, brain and immune system…that without them, or without the right daily amount of them, problems may develop and a child’s health may be compromised.
Implementing the Foundation to Boost the Immune System
You can provide and ensure that your child receives all of the essential nutrients required for healthy development and immune strength, by giving your child these two supplements: Multi-Vitamin & Mineral and Cod Liver Oil.
These can both be given directly or mixed together in your child’s favorite drink. These two supplements create the foundation and basis of an effective nutritional supplementation program for your child. Together, they provide the full spectrum of “essential” nutrients that every child can be supported and nourished with. Growth, development, brain function, immune strength and protection – these formulas give and create the platform for these qualities.
Additional Immune Support and Protection
For additional immune support, we look at how you can provide your child with the nutrients and formulas that will specifically give them extra immune protection to help defend their bodies from the emotions of going back to school, change of season, colds and the flu that may be going around.
For this purpose, we look at what nutrients have been shown to be most useful and effective for improving immune support, strength and protection.
At the top of the list is always Vitamin C. No other nutrient has been studied so extensively and displayed so many qualities for enhancing immune protection and support. (Immune-enhancing role of Vitamin C and zinc and effect on clinical conditions. (Ann Nutr Metab, 2006, 5012: 85-94).
Extra Vitamin C, supplemented on a daily basis for extra immune support, particularly at this time of year is recommended.
Now, depending on the overall health or susceptibility of your child’s immune system, you can decide whether to give additional immune support or stay with the primary program of supplementing with Multi Vitamin & Mineral, Cod Liver Oil and additional Vitamin C.
If you think that your child could use extra immune support and strengthening, then consider adding Probiotics with Colostrum to the above program.
Colostrum is nature’s first food for every newborn’s immune system. Colostrum is a unique food that provides the immune system with the information and the equipment of how to function well and how to function better. It is able to strengthen immune responses as well as regulate overall immune function. (J Longevity, Immune System breakthrough: Colostrum, 1998, 4/21).
This means that over time Colostrum has the ability to not only help the immune system respond more dynamically to any acute challenge in the short-term, but in the long-run is able to improve and strengthen immune function for the future. (Colostrum-Derived Immunity And Maternal Neonatal Interaction, New York Academy of Sciences. 1983, 409:82-95).
Putting it All Together for Optimum Growth and a Strong Immune System
For supporting optimum growth, development and immune function, you can supplement your child with:
These three formulas will provide and establish the foundation of all the essential nutrients.
For extra immune protection and strengthening, give:
The entire ChildLife® Essentials line of supplements is available at
Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted in August 2017.
About Safe Baby Healthy Child Health Expert: Dr. Murray Clarke, D.Hom., L.Ac.
Dr. Murray Clarke is a doctor of naturopathic medicine with licenses and doctorates in homeopathic medicine and Chinese medicine (including acupuncture and herbology) and is a leading homeopathic physician for children in the Los Angeles area.
He is also the founder of ChildLife® Essentials, the first complete line of nutritional supplements exclusively for children ages newborn through teen, and author of Natural Baby-Healthy Child: Alternative Health Care Solutions from Pre-conception Through Childhood.
Natural Baby-Healthy Child utilizes diet, environmental detoxification, nutritional supplementation and holistic modalities including homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture to help parents–from pre-conception to pregnancy, to the baby’s first year through childhood–make the right health decisions for themselves and their child, naturally. Natural Baby–Healthy Child is an essential medical road map that will help keep children firmly on the path to robust, long-term good health and the realization of the full potential of body, mind and soul.