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Don't catch that cold
from your grandkids

November 2016

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At our age, we often spend time with grand children. And today more than ever we are helping to provide regular childcare...recent reports say there are nearly 10 million grandmothers and grandfathers providing regular care each week.

But this is posing a growing problem. Young kids, especially when they start school, catch all the colds and diseases around as their immune system slowly develops. Fine for them, they are young and recover quickly. But for older people, it is all too easy to catch the germs and illnesses from young children and then suffer a lot more because our resistance and recovery ability may be lower.

“Oh it’s only a cold” might be correct for a four year old, but for older people the same germs can turn into a nasty cough, sinus and chest infections and other debilitating problems.

We all know the precautions we can take…ensuring we are not sneezed at, ensuring our grandchildren and we wash hands a lot; ensuring surfaces are wiped, we eat well and get enough sleep and so on.  But this is not always enough. A recent survey of 1,000 grandparents with grandchildren under the age of 10 shows that over 20 per cent of grandparents say catching an illness is one of their greatest concerns from looking after their grandchildren.

The survey, carried out by ColdZyme mouth spray, also shows that only 16 per cent of grandparents avoid their grandchildren when the youngster are sick, often because they have promised to help and don’t want to let anyone down. This is especially true when both parents are working. It also shows that nearly half of grandparents who offer substantial childcare help with grandchildren have caught a cold from a sick grandchild and for four out of ten of these, they have ended up with a chest infection or pneumonia.

This situation of sick children passing on problems to grandparents has been looked at by a Swedish biotech company Enzymatica. This company was set up after the discovery of a special fish enzyme that was protecting the hands of fish cleaners during their work. It was found this marine enzyme contained special health properties and in the last ten years products have been developed to maximise the benefits from this enzyme.

Enzymatica have now developed a special mouth spray that is said to help protect people from catching a cold. It is an interesting idea as prevention is always better than cure and ColdZyme has been brought out to do just this. Sprayed into the mouth,  it works osmotically forming a barrier, while the trypsin marine enzyme works on the virus itself, reducing its ability to bind to the cells in the mucous membrane; instead allowing the body to get rid of the threat through natural processes.

coldzymeColdZyme is simply sprayed into the mouth and throat where the cold virus initially takes hold before multiplying. It is recommended for use before contact with sick grandchildren or in other areas where catching a cold is likely,  More information is available here but considering it seems that unpaid grandparental childcare is worth an estimated £17 billion a year to the economy, plus when we get sick at our age it always takes longer to recover, it is probably worth looking at anything that might help.


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