Knoxville mom uses holistic methods to keep her kids healthy

Knoxville mom uses holistic methods to keep her kids healthy during flu season

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"I try to up my Vitamin C intake, echinacea, lots of raw garlic is actually a really good anti-inflammatory to help keep everything healthy," said Mary Rodio, who is the leader of Knox Holistic Moms. "I try to up my Vitamin C intake, echinacea, lots of raw garlic is actually a really good anti-inflammatory to help keep everything healthy," said Mary Rodio, who is the leader of Knox Holistic Moms.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With cold and flu season in full swing, many people are starting to look for alternatives to alleviate their symptoms. But not everything that's safe for you is safe for your child.

Mary Rodio uses herbal remedies to stay healthy.

"I try to up my Vitamin C intake, echinacea, lots of raw garlic is actually a really good anti-inflammatory to help keep everything healthy," said Rodio, who is the leader of Knox Holistic Moms.

Her three daughters follow mom's lead when it comes to health.

"Especially during the winter season, cold and flu season, every morning, we have apples, not apples, but oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, lots of Vitamin C-type things and I also make them a lot of herbal teas and that sort of stuff, too," added Rodio.

Dr. Heather Edgley with East Tennessee Children's Hospital says there are ways to relieve symptoms without going to the drug store, including cool mist humidifiers and saline drops, but she says you have to be careful about what you give your kids.

"It's probably not going to hurt an adult necessarily to get something from the nutrition store, but children are a different animal all together. They're much smaller, their metabolism works much differently, so I would not recommend anything that is not approved by your physician," said Dr. Edgley.

There are some common things you might think are harmless that Dr. Edgley says you shouldn't give your children.

"I do not recommend Vicks Vapo-rub. I don't like that at all, it can be dangerous for children, and it's not going to be helpful," added Dr. Edgley.

If you or your child get sick, Dr. Edgley says the number one thing is to always stay hydrated with water or drinks with electrolytes like Gatorade and Pedialyte.

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