5 Ways to Boost Your Kids Immune System

Now that weather is colder and the days are shorter, families are spending more time indoors.

This is a time for togetherness, hearty meals, like chili, and sharing with the ones we love. One thing we’re not looking forward to sharing are germs; which can convert a home into a petri dish for viruses and bacteria. According to Healthline.com, we’re more prone to get sick in colder weather because people gather in enclosed spaces for longer periods of time. Viruses can live longer in colder temperatures and lower humidity, making the winter season ripe for colds and flus. 

Here are 5 ways to boost your kids immune system:

You are what you Eat

When it comes to boosting your kids immune system, a healthy balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies is a crucial component.  Eating foods high in Vitamin C will help to boost your kids immune system. Some vitamin C rich foods include:

  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Sweet Yellow Peppers
  • Chili Peppers

Incorporating herbs like parsley and thyme into your meals is a stealthy way to boost your kids immune system, as well.

Getting enough Sleep

Sleep plays a huge role in boosting your kids immune system. According to the Mayo Clinic, our immune systems release proteins called cytokines. These proteins increase when the body has an infection or inflammation. When you’re not getting enough sleep, the body tends to create fewer; which leads to longer recovery times from illness. Below are the CDC’s recommendations for How Much Sleep in Needed based on age

Protect Against Germs

Proper hand washing, covering coughs and covering sneezes are some of the best ways you can protect your kids immune system. When washing hands, use warm or cold water and soap; it should take about 20 seconds, or about the length of the traditional “Happy Birthday” song. Disposable facial tissues, such as Kleenex or Puffs, work well to contain particles that can be transferred through air. 

Know the Difference

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting surfaces have completely different meanings. Wiping regularly touched surfaces with a clean cloth will also protect your kids immune system by reducing the amount of particles they come in contact with. Below is the EPA’s classification on the three^^:

Hydrate

Drinking plenty of water will help boost your kids immune system by bringing more oxygen into the blood. Our blood carries vital nutrients to different areas of the body, so staying hydrated keeps everything running smoothly. According to Healthychildren.org, children ages 1-3 years need approximately 4 cups of water, around 5 cups for 4-8 year olds, and 7-8 cups for older children.

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