5 Ways to Boost your Child's Immune System to Help Keep them from Getting Sick

March 13, 2020

Bacteria, viruses, and other germs are everywhere. Given the situation the entire world is facing right now, this is a perfect opportunity for every parent to ensure that their children’s immunity is at its peak.

The coronavirus that has been rapidly spreading across the globe is causing pandemonium as everyone tries to ensure they stay healthy.

Elderly people and kids are more susceptible to many of the diseases we all are exposed to every day. As a parent, your child’s health and safety is of utmost importance, especially during this time of crisis.

There are many ways to boost your child’s immune system to help make sure they don’t get sick. 

While a child’s immune system works like an adult’s, they haven’t yet been exposed to as many pathogens so it’s not as effective at detecting and fighting off harmful viruses. Finding ways to boost your child’s immune system is crucial to help them fight off infection.

Promote regular handwashing

This is something you hear everywhere — wash your hands. Touch transmits about 80% of infections. Coronavirus can live on surfaces for up to two days. So hand washing is a vital first line of defense against this, and many other, viruses.

Teach your kids to wash their hands every time before and after eating, after sneezing, going to the bathroom, or coughing.

Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds helps to remove toxic viruses and bacteria. Plus, proper hand washing can also reduce the risk of developing lung infection by up to 45 percent.

Enhance sleep time

Numerous studies have concluded that sleep deprivation in adults can make them more susceptible to illness and disease. The same rule applies to children.

As a general rule, toddlers need 11 to 14 hours of sleep a day while preschoolers need about 10 to 13 hours. If nap time in the day is a challenge, ensure that they go to bed earlier.

Serve them with more fruits and less sugar

Kids are great fans of sugar — but it is harmful not just to their teeth but also to their immune system. Sugar has been shown to modify the body’s microbiome — the collection of good bacteria that naturally occurs in the gut area.

Our body’s microbiome helps digest foods, shield our body from invading pathogens, and protects our digestive tracts. A healthy microbiome helps your child’s ability to fight off infection.

Sugar can alter these microbiomes feeding the more pathogenic sugar-loving bacteria which results in crowding out the useful, immune-boosting bacteria.

One way to boost your child’s microbiome is by feeding them fruits instead of cakes or candy. Have fruits rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C for dessert, like blueberries and oranges.

Keep them active

Clean, fresh air offers a lot of benefits. After all, nature is the best remedy for a lot of ills. Plus it is absolutely free.

Having some time outdoors is great to stimulate your child’s immune system. Keep them active and let them enjoy some time under the sun and take in a breath of fresh air. Let them cycle, climb, run, and explore their environment. Keeping them active also helps to enhance their motor skills. So the benefits are many.

Don’t skip immunizations

There is a good reason why pediatricians recommend immunization for your child. Follow their advice when it comes to vaccination schedules, which normally start during infancy and continue through to adulthood.

These vaccinations will help prevent mumps, rotavirus, measles, and other forms of infections. Include a flu shot for them as early as possible. This is especially critical if your child has asthma or other chronic health issues.

Keep in mind that while these tips will help boost your child’s immune system, kids will still likely get colds once in a while.

If your child has a compromised immune system, it is best to work closely with a pediatrician for a more personalized treatment approach. Given the situation at the moment, it is best to have your best defenses up. Make sure you monitor your child’s health and follow these simple tips to boost their immunity.

To ensure that your child gets the best daycare program, contact Everley Rose Center. We focus on raising healthy, happy children.

 

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