Whether your child is relatively healthy or prone to catching every cold, you want to do whatever you can to fight off the airborne ailments that seem to be part and parcel of winter weather.
With kids back in school, sharing germs with all their classmates, and temperatures dropping as we head towards the winter holidays, it’s only a matter of time before a cold or flu bug infects your child.
But there’s actually a lot you can do to keep your kid germ-free.
You can start by asking your pediatrician for suggestions, but for the most part, you’ll find that bolstering your child’s immune system relies on little more than common sense.
Here are a few effective strategies to boost your child’s immune system.
5 Effective Ways to Boost Your Child’s Immune System
This is the number one way to keep your child’s immune system from coming under attack.
It might not stave off every illness, especially those that are airborne, but considering how many people and communal objects the average kid touches in a day, a good hand-washing regimen can significantly reduce exposure to bacteria and other germs.
Many parents have now opted to avoid the antibacterial overkill of hand sanitizers (which some speculate could create a superbug – the FDA is still conducting studies on this one).
And alcohol-based hand sanitizers can certainly dry out a child’s delicate skin.
But luckily, good old soap and water work just fine, provided kids wash thoroughly (have them sing the birthday song twice or one of these 20 second songs while washing with warm water and soap for optimum cleanliness).
Full night’s sleep.
Getting your zees is a major contributor to good health.
A full eight hours of rest each night (or more, depending on the age of a child) not only ensures that your kids will be able to focus and retain information throughout the day, as well as avoid the irritability and fatigue that often accompany a sleep deficit, but it also gives their bodies the best chance to fight infections.
Maybe they are afraid of the dark, or just restless.
Without sufficient rest, the body’s natural defenses can wane, making children more susceptible to illness.
When paired with increased contact with germs thanks to the presence of other kids in daycare or school, you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
You might not see the direct correlation between regular exercise and immunity, but when a body is fit and healthy overall, it is better prepared to fight off bacterial and viral attacks.
In fact, there’s no reason you can’t gain the same benefits as your kids by taking the time to play and exercise with them, making the activity fun and beneficial for the whole family.
You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “you are what you eat”.
While this isn’t true in a literal sense, the foods we consume can definitely play a role in our overall health.
And if you want kids to have robust immune systems, making sure that they’re getting plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables is a good bet.
You can find tips, tricks, and nutritional advice on a variety of websites like ChoseMyPlate.gov (the modern version of the food pyramid website) and sunflower-press.com, such as.
But don’t discount the power of a good recipe to sneak in items that kids might otherwise turn up their noses at.
Case in point: green monster smoothies.
Kids can certainly be picky when it comes to what they’re willing to eat, so it’s not a bad idea to ensure they’re getting all the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain a strong immune system.
Just make sure to talk to your pediatrician first and select a daily multivitamin that is suitable for kids.