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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
Home/Nutrition & Recipes/Articles/Infant & Toddler Nutrition/Nutrition/How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System Before Winter

How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System Before Winter

Children will inevitably catch the occasional cold. It is estimated that on average they catch 5-10 cold’s a year. This is primarily because they haven’t developed immunity to the viruses that cause the common cold.

How quickly your child(ren) recovers after a cold is a good indicator of overall health. Ensuring adequate nutrient intake will give their little immune systems the building blocks they need to fight invading pathogens and be back to optimal health faster.

Building up your immune system before winter

  • Focus on a wholefood diet.
    Optimal nutrition is key for supporting the immune system. Critical nutrients that provide the building blocks for the immune system include protein, vitamins A, C, E, zinc, and essential fatty acids. These nutrients can be obtained from a whole foods diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, pulses, whole grains, organic animal proteins and dairy products.
  • Ditch the processed sugar.
    Consuming excess sugar has been shown to decrease immune response and increase systemic inflammation. Sugar has the potential to reduce white blood cells, that are essential to fight invading pathogens. Additionally, glucose competes with Vitamin C for transport in the body, so diets high in sugar have negative effects on the body’s immune response.
  • Support their gut microbiome (prebiotics and probiotics)
    It’s now well established that a healthy microbiota (the diverse community of microorganisms that live within our guts) help to keep the immune system functioning optimally. Prebiotics, such as galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) can help to support and establish a healthy microbiome in children. Furthermore, probiotics may also assist in building a more robust immune system long term. Naturals sources include yoghurt.
  • Get a daily dose of Vitamin D
    Vitamin D is important for strengthening our immune system. Vitamin D isn’t considered an essential vitamin because we can synthesise it in our skin by exposing it to sunlight. Don’t be afraid to enjoy a little early morning or late afternoon full body sunshine.
  • Ensure adequate zinc intake
    While the majority of vitamins and minerals play significant roles in our immune system, zinc is especially essential. Zinc works to support the immune system by aiding the development and functioning of infection-fighting white blood cells. Zinc is predominantly found in red meat and seafood, as well as in smaller amounts in whole grain bread, nuts, and seeds.
  • Prioritise sleep
    Sleep is the way our body repairs itself, so getting plenty of it gives us the strength to fight off common colds and flu. Deep, restorative sleep is essential, so encourage an early bedtime for your child.
  • Don’t over sanitise.
    The young immune system is strengthened by exposure to everyday germs so that it can detect, readjust, and regulate itself. When we overly sanitise a child’s environments to protect them from illness, we are killing off beneficial microflora as well as preventing them from developing a strong immune system. Frequent hand washing is an effective way of reducing chance of infections without completely sanitising.

Exercising is a great way to keep children active and build strength and also helps promote better sleep quality.

About the author

Brittany Darling is a Clinical Accredited Nutritionist (BHS nut) and Western Herbalist (Adv Dip WHM) with 8+ years experience and is a mum of 2. She has a special interest in the areas of paediatric nutrition (Cert. Paediatric Nutrition, Monash), gut health and immune conditions such as cancer and autoimmune diseases. Brittany believes in a wholefood approach to nutrition and addresses misalignments with a holistic, evidence based and functional perspective. Brittany is a keen researcher, keynote speaker and regular expert in the media. She is currently completing her Masters in Human Nutrition.

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.