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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 Immunity Before Winter

How to Boost Your Child’s Immunity Before Winter

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Summer dresses are slowly disappearing from the sales racks. Legs are being covered up by jeans, stockings, and trackpants. Your favourite restaurant has rearranged its menu to include brussel sprouts and rhubarb. Your umbrella has jumped into your hand for shelter. Yes, winter is on it’s way.

Once upon a time the prospect of winter wouldn’t have seemed that daunting. Sure it meant shorter days and colder nights, but it also meant an excuse to rug up, drink hot cocoa, and tuck into some good, old fashioned comfort food. Fast forward to parenthood, and winter suddenly means a whole lot more. If you aren’t careful, it can mean snotty noses, sore throats, sneezes, coughing and fevers.

It’s estimated preschool aged children get on average six colds a year. Most of these colds will be packed into the relatively short “cold and flu season”, which in Australia typically runs between May and October.

The easiest way for your child to get sick is by touching objects contaminated by others with colds. Door handles, stair railings, books, pens and toys are all typical “cold carriers”. Washing their hands is the best defense, so it’s vitally important to teach kids to wash their hands after every bathroom trip, before every meal, and after playing at daycare or preschool.

It takes 20 seconds of hand washing with warm, soapy water to get rid of germs, so try introducing fun ways to ensure your child understands this. Have them sing the Happy Birthday song to you twice, or teach them a 20 second song such as this one.

If your child has a cold, make sure you protect others from catching it by teaching your child sneezing and coughing etiquette, encouraging more frequent hand washing, or by keeping your child at home.

Another way to lower the risk of colds is to build a healthy immune system.

Building up your immune system before winter

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While there is no strong evidence linking one particular food to cough and cold prevention, there are a number of foods crucially linked to optimal immune system functioning. Vitamin C-rich foods have long been known as vital for your immune system, but even more important is zinc. Very few people have low levels of vitamin C, whereas women and children commonly have insufficient zinc levels. By building zinc levels up, you could protect you and your child’s body against infection.

Zinc is found predominantly in red meat and seafood, as well as in smaller amounts in whole grain bread, nuts, and fortified cereals. It works by aiding the development and functioning of infection-fighting white blood cells. Children should aim to get around 5 milligrams of zinc per day, while adults should aim for 8 – 12 milligrams per day.

Once your zinc is taken care of you should concentrate on eating fresh fruit and vegetables, which are rich sources of powerful antioxidants that protect the body inside and out.

As a general rule, the brighter the fruit or vegetable, the better they are for you. Beetroot, sweet potato, broccoli, oranges, red capsicum and pumpkin are all winners, and all can be juiced, thrown into a stir fry, or added to soups and casseroles.

Water is hugely important too, so don’t forget to keep up your fluid intake. And keep your intake of refined sugar low – consuming sugar has been shown to decrease the immune response and increase systemic inflammation.

On top of a healthy diet, other top tips for building and maintaining a healthy immune system include:

Probiotics

Probiotics are the friendly, helpful bacteria that naturally occur in the gut. They protect our digestive tracts, assist toxin clearance, and shield us from invading bacteria and viruses. Probiotics are found in supplements or enhanced foods containing living microorganisms that change the bacterial balance in the body, such as yoghurt.

Sleep

Sleep is the way our body repairs itself, so getting plenty of it gives us the power to fight off common colds and flu. Deep, restorative sleep is crucial, so encourage an early bedtime for kids, and ensure you get plenty of rest also.

Lowering stress

When you’re under stress your immune system is greatly impaired. Over-scheduling activities is one way to cause stress, so refrain from trying to squeeze too much into your day as winter approaches.

Saline rinse

While a saline rinse might be challenging for babies, older children might give it a try. Using a nasal saline rinse has been shown to reduce respiratory infections, and make a significant impact on cold and flu symptoms.

Exercise

Exercising is a great way to stay in shape, promotes better sleep quality, get a stronger body, and improve your immune function. Try to find 30 minutes to set aside for exercise each day.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for strengthening our immune system, so don’t be afraid to enjoy a little sunshine. The beauty of living in Australia is the sun still shines even in winter, so step outside a few times a week and let the sun soak into your skin for at least 20 minutes.

The preceding article was for general information purposes only; for specific health care information for your child it is best to consult your child’s health care professional.

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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.
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