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Don't take on winter without Linctagon!

Mon, 14 April 2014

The Linctagon range offers support to those who are suffering from colds and flu or secondary bacteriological infections of the nose, throat, lungs and ears. The actives in Linctagon’s plant base display both anti-bacteriological and bacteriostatic properties, making the products in the range an obvious first line of defence against bacteriological respiratory infections associated with conditions such as sinusitis, ear infections, tonsillitis and bronchitis.

In addition research studies indicate that Linctagon’s actives also assist the body to get over colds and flu quicker through its active support of the immune system. Linctagon users generally report that complaints associated with colds and respiratory infections like coughing, a sore throat and runny nose, clear up fairly fast.
The main active ingredient in the whole Linctagon range is Pelargonium sidoides, a medical native plant from South Africa. The extraction of Pelargonium sidoides is successfully used for the treatment of respiratory tract disease, including infection in the airways and ear-nose-throat region. Note that efficacy of support may vary between users.

The various Linctagon products are available from pharmacies, Dischems, Clicks, retail outlets and garage forecourts (sachets) nationwide. Formulations, the action of active ingredients, dosages and contraindications are listed on the Nativa website

Choosing the right Linctagon:

· The first product to be developed by marketers Nativa, trusted Linctagon Syrup is a smooth, thick and pleasant tasting extract of Pelargonium Sidoides that is popular with the whole family because its actives linger a little longer in the throat and provide a pleasing sensation when throats are sore. It is also available in a sugar and alcohol free variant.

Linctagon Syrup recommended selling price (RSP) R102.80 for 150ml.

Linctagon Syrup, Sugar and Alcohol Free RSP R82.90 for150ml.

· Linctagon Spray is a convenient concentrate popular with mothers and their small children as it fits into a handbag with ease, children like the taste and it is very easy to administer. RSP R102.80 for 20 ml.

· Linctagon Forte Tablets (RSP R113 for 30) and Linctagon Forte Capsules (RSP R102.80 for 20) have added quercitin, zinc (only in Linctagon Forte Capsules) and bromelain which deliver added symptomatic relief by assisting the body to:
counter inflammation and viral activity; ease congestion; suppress coughing; prevent allergic reactions; cope better with inhaled dust; counter cell-destructing free radicals and fluid retention.

· Linctagon-C Effervescent is a great tasting, three-a-day fizzy combining all the goodness of Linctagon Forte Tables and Capsules with added Vitamins A and C (anti-viral); MSM (with anti-inflammatory properties) and Zinc (involved in practically all the immune processes in the body). RSP R77.60 for 12.

· Linctagon Lozenges have been formulated to provide soothing throat relief and can also be used as a preventative. RSP R41.95 for 15.

· Linctagon Nasal Spray contains Xylitol and saline to assist the body to isolate and flush out bacteria from the nasal passage and could also be beneficial to counter ear infections and irritants that trigger allergies. RSP R43.70 for 15 ml

· Linctagon Cough may assist the body to manage coughing and chest infections. The formula has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune-boosting properties to assist both wet and dry coughs. Suitable for the whole family from six months and older. RSP R89.95 for 150ml and sachets RSP R6.15 for 10ml.

· Linctagon Viral Defence lends a hand with immune support and it is a good idea to take it before and during the winter months. Consisting of mostly naturally occurring actives the formula displays immune-boosting and immune maintenance qualities. It may also support the body to fight infection and inflammation, bacteria and free radicals. RSP R106.85 for 60 capsules.

· Linctagon Chest Rub contains menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil, pine oil and shea butter. It may support the body to manager the symptoms of chest infections, including congestion and coughing. It can also be used as an inhalant to assist the body to counter nasal congestion. RSP R33.90 for 25g.

· Linctagon Lip Balm (RSP R35.60 for 5ml)

Specially formulated for the younger ones: Linctagon Junior range

· Linctagon Junior Viral Defence, RSP R64.60 for 150ml, can assist the body with immune support, inflammation support, infection support, free radical support. The once a day dosage is safe to use from one year of age and is free from artificial colourants, tartrazine, caffeine, lactose, gluten or yeast. Its super formula contains:
Rose hip which has scientific evidence supporting the antioxidant and immune function properties:
Echinacea has been used historically for support during infections, influenza, nasal congestion or runny nose, nasopharyngeal catarrh, tonsillitis and whooping cough, as well as being an antioxidant.
Grape seed extract’s efficacy is mainly due to its antioxidant effect. Antioxidants are necessary to protect our cells, including cells that form part of the immune system.

B vitamins for antibody formation, necessary for normal cell function, growth and energy production. They are also essential for the metabolism of carbs, proteins and fats and are important for the normal functioning of the immune system.
Vitamin C has antioxidant properties, helping to prevent cell damage by neutralizing free radicals.
Vitamin A is required for a vast number of biological processes such as vision and cellular growth.
Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium.

Vitamin E. Due to its antioxidant properties Vitamin E has been proposed for use as a supportive part of a preventative or treatment plan for numerous health conditions, including support of the immune function.

· Linctagon-C Junior (RSP R77.60 for 12) offers anti-viral and anti-bacterial support as well as infection, inflammation, congestion and allergy support. It has no sugar, gluten or lactose and is safe to use from one year of age. With natural antibiotic properties it can act as a first line defence against infections associated with colds and flu. It may also assist to speed up recovery time and reduce severity of illnesses such as sinusitis, tonsillitis and bronchitis. In the formulation are:

Pelargonium for antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Vitamin C has antioxidant properties, helping to prevent cell damage by neutralizing free radicals.

Bromelain can be used to treat sinus inflammation and can also prevent sinusitis from progressing into bronchitis.

MSM has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Zinc is necessary for a healthy immune system. People who are deficient in zinc tend to be more susceptible to a variety of infections.

Vitamin A is required for a vast number of biological processes such as vision and cellular growth.

· Linctagon Throat Lollies (RSP R39.70 for 12) offer immune, infection, irritation and antioxidant support and contain menthol oil, zinc, ginger oil and Echinacea extract which can all help to build a healthy immune system. They may also help to soothe irritated, scratchy and sore throats.

People who cannot take Linctagon:

· Pregnant and lactating mothers;

· People with raised haemorrhage (bleeding) inclination;

· People suffering from severe liver and kidney illness;

· People who are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients;

· Linctagon Syrup, Linctagon Cough, Linctagon Viral Defence Junior, Linctagon Lollies and Linctagon Lozenges are not suitable for people with diabetics.

Insights into the nasty world of colds and flu

· Both are contagious viral illnesses.

· The common cold is the most frequently occurring illness in the world and is the world’s leading cause of visits to the doctor and days off work and school. 2-4 times a year the average adult suffers from a cold. 6-8 times a year an average child suffers from a cold. 200 viruses are implicated in the cause of the common cold which occurs most frequently in the autumn and winter months.

· Families with school age children have more flu infections than other families. On average one third of family members are infected with flu passed on by a child each year. Children can remain contagious longer than adults (more than seven days). Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu.

· How to contract colds and flu: Colds and flu are passed on through direct contact (hand to hand, kissing or hugging, etc) with an infected person. The person then touches eyes or nose and deposits the virus in a warm environment where it can thrive. It is then swept to the back of the throat where the virus sticks to cells and reproduces. This whole process takes only around 12 hours.

· How to avoid spreading colds and flu: wash your hands frequently with soap and water; avoid contact with others; avoid touching your eyes and nose; use disposable tissues; avoid sharing towels.

Introducing Solids

Sun, 6 April 2014

Starting Solid Foods

image 205The time to start solid food depends on the infant's needs and readiness. Generally, infants need solids when they are large enough to need a more concentrated source of calories than formula. This need is recognized when an infant takes a full bottle and is satisfied, but then is hungry again in 2 or 3 hours. This typically occurs by the age of 6 months. Infants younger than this cannot easily swallow solid food, although some can swallow solids at younger ages if the food is placed on the back of the tongue. Some parents coax very young infants to eat large amounts of solid food in the hope that they will sleep through the night. This is unlikely to work, and forcing an infant to eat early can cause aspiration pneumonia and feeding problems later. Many infants take solids after a breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, which both satisfies their need to suck and quickly relieves their hunger.

Infants develop food allergies or intolerance easier than older children or adults. If many different foods are given in a brief period, it is difficult to tell which one may have been responsible for a reaction. Because of this difficulty, parents should introduce new foods one at a time, no more than one new food a week. Once it is clear a food is tolerated, another one may be introduced.

Single-grain cereals are begun first, followed by fruits and vegetables. Meats, which are a good source of protein, should be introduced later, after about 7 months. Many infants initially reject meat.

The food should be offered on a spoon so that the infant learns the new feeding technique. By age 6 to 9 months, infants are able to grasp food and bring it to their mouths, and they should be encouraged to help feed themselves. However, babies easily choke on food in small, hard bits (such as peanuts, raw carrots, candies, and small crackers), so these foods should be avoided. Pureed home foods are less expensive than commercial baby foods and offer adequate nutrition.

Although infants enjoy sweet foods, sugar is not an essential nutrient and should be given only in small quantities, if at all. Sweetened dessert baby foods have no benefit for babies. Honey must be avoided during the first year because it may contain the spores of Clostridium botulinum, which are harmless to older children and adults but can cause botulism in infants.

From The Merck Manual of Medical Information – Second Home Edition, edited by Mark H. Beers. Copyright 2003 by Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, NJ.  See for full article.  Accessed 3 July 2008.

First Solids


image 202Pediatricians recommend that babies should be started on some kind of solid food between the ages of four to six months based in individual development. Factors like a stable neck among others are used to decide whether a baby is ready to start eating or not. The reason why solids are introduced at this stage is because solid food allows for more calories to be inputted into the childs system which is what is required at this stage. It is also important that your baby learn the act of swallowing.

These solid as they are called are not tough pieces of bread or chunks of chicken that your baby is expected to bite. The first meal that you offer your baby should ideally be a cereal mixed in breast milk or formula milk. Even though cereal manufacturers mention that you can mix the cereal in water, the use of milk helps in providing a familiar taste to the baby reducing the chances of it being rejected.

To start with, you should choose a rice cereal for your child. This is the preferred option since rice has almost a zero chance of being an allergen and is easily digested. Another cereal that is not likely to be an allergen is oatmeal. Once you have tried these with your baby, you can move on to other combinations like oatmeal and banana or rice and apple or oatmeal and mixed vegetables. There are options of exotic flavors like black currant to provide variety and excitement and amusement for the fledgling palette of your child.

Make sure that when you start making a cereal meal for you baby, you should ensure that the consistency is thin and almost fluid. You can gradually increase the cereal content and reduce the liquid added to obtain a thicker consistency as and when your baby shows signs of comfort with the food. Ensure that what you make is even and pasty and does not have lumps so that it is easy for the baby to swallow.

image 204Once your baby has taken to cereal and shown no allergies, you can start to introduce other foods. Keep in mind that your baby still does not have any teeth and it is a good idea to run anything that you want to feed your baby through a baby blending or mashing machine. A favorite fruit is banana that can easily be mashed, the slippery consistency of which is thoroughly enjoyed by babies. Make sure that you introduce a single new food at a time, giving about 2 weeks for each new addition to settle down before classifying it as an acceptable option.

Obviously, once the baby cuts teeth and has a nice set of pearly white milk teeth, you can start offering real solid food to your child.

  Author: Kenneth Scott    

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