Natural Cold Remedy For Children That Works

I have searched a long time for a natural cold remedy for children that works. I have bought pretty much every supplement out there. Last week a helpful team member at Whole Foods recommended Child Life First Defense to me, and since I had yet to try it, I figured I might as well give it a go. I assumed it wouldn’t work like the rest of my previous attempts, but I am happy to report I was wrong!

After 3 days of giving this to my child, the cold stopped progressing and started getting almost 100% better. I couldn’t believe it. My child’s colds usually last much longer. I gave it 3 times a day per the instructions for fighting illness. You can also use this formula as a preventative by giving it to your child 1 time a day. I am definitely going to do this from now on!

Of course check with your doctor, check the ingredients, etc before giving anything new to your little one.

Child Life First Defense: A Natural Cold Remedy For Children That Works

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From The First Defense Website:

First Defense is a unique ChildLife formula. We have researched and hand-selected herbs and minerals known for their direct and effective immune response properties.* First Defense is completely safe for children of all ages and can be used either short or long term to increase natural defense responses.*

For stimulating natural immune responses and defending the body. Use daily at the recommended dosages. Use with ChildLife’s Echinacea and ChildLife’s Vitamin C for extra immune support.*

Suggested Use:
For infants 6 months to 1 yr: 1/2 Teaspoon 3x daily
For children 1-12 yrs: 1 Teaspoon 3x daily

Shake well before use.
Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight.
Give directly or mix with your child’s favorite drink.

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ChildLife uses only the highest quality ingredients. Gluten free, casein free, alcohol free. Contains no milk, soy, eggs, yeast, wheat or corn. No artificial colorings, flavorings or sweeteners.

*This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Olive Leaf extract

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Larch Arabinogalactan

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Zinc gluconate

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Vitamin C

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