Sorry if anyone may have pointed this out, but I just had a quick minute to type in here this morning.
Personally after several years I was able to kick the "I get a cold every winter and it's lasts until Spring" mentality myself, but THIS year for whatever the reason may be I too have had this annoying "reoccuring" crud now as an adult. I identified some of the environmentals in my current life stance, I looked into the nutritional choices I have changed and /or added to my life recently, and then yes, I AM older, soo thus working out and taking care of my body is a huge deal of course.
However, all that being said, I have done a ton of research into not just Milk, and all the phlegm that it causes, but yes; Sodas, and the effects of sugar, and carbs that break down into sugars in our bodies. I was amazed to have discovered low and behold that this is such a HUGE deal when it comes to "cluttering up" or "creating congestion" in our bodies! Then Also from an environment stance, "clean out all the clutter" ... do some Spring cleaning and Decluttering of things and situations in your life and one will be amazed...How this can effect YOU as Mom, and then the trickle down effect YOUR "centeredness" can have on the kiddos. Not that we are to blame, that is not what I said, but that our emotional/environmental responses to stress/ and just life in general plays huge into the healthiness of our kids.
As for the kiddos, once we did this for myself and them, THEY are Croup Free, and clutter free to boot! 2 weeks! I kid you not! Course I did go completely overboard so that may not be for everyone, but I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired and everyone just passin this gunk around...That is just what worked for us.
No more chips, crackers, flour products like cookies and sweets; except the occassional cheetos :O). No more sodas (we had slipped into a rut),No more juices unless freshly juiced, upped our water intake, waaaay more protein ( mainly from egg whites / & Peanut Butter for my youngest age 4) and cleaned out all the clutter in my house and took a huge load to charity. AND without a doubt No more Milk unless "in" something we make. My youngest doesn't still eat alot of good meat/protein, but will eat broccoli, and sausage, pepporoni, lunch meat, so keeping that on a low basis, because of the salt / nitrates, but ...When it comes to kids really, alot can be cured really by diet , getting them out and about in the SUN/Vit D whenever possible,Get them hooked on fresh fruits and uncooked veggies ... and cut out the over use of any antibiotics if you can feel safe with that... and since my husband is a chiropractor, we up the use of this treatment as well.
Finally, we got it up and out of here, and we are healthier having kicked some of those bad habits. My home is clean :O). It was a huge wake up call for Mom, let me tell you . And to think "I" was the problem allowing all that gunk in my home in the first place after having given it all up for myself so long ago. Not anymore! Oh, and I would also suggest looking into having your duct work in your home vaccuumed out by a professional... this was sooo cool, and a huge deal in our clean air envirnment. You would be shocked at what is in there ...even in a new home! Find out more about this online...
Take Care, HTH!