With back to school routines children bring back more than just their homework. Colds, fever and coughs can be hard to manage along with all the stress-full activities a kid has to perform every day.
Where there is no easy way to protect your child from getting sick, you as a parent can bring impactful changes to address such issues with a bit of effort.
Your child is exposed to bugs and germs all day long and a healthy immune system can help fight diseases and keep these bacterial and viral infections at bay.
If weakened at any time, your kid becomes more vulnerable to catching colds, flu and other infections that can be really hard to deal with especially if you are a working parent.
To most of us, runny noses and constant colds might seem quite common however, it is not and so we have outlined a few healthy habits to boost your child’s immune system.
- Encourage hand-washing
This is one of the simplest methods to help your child remain healthy and immune to viral infections. One thing you can do is get more foaming soaps with different shapes and sizes that are attractive enough for children.
This habit is healthy in general and help your child to not get sick more often. Children run around, fall and play all day and God knows how many times have their hands touched the ground and eating with those hands can obviously cause them to get sick in no time and so hand-washing is a great way to protect your child.
- Natural remedies
Natural remedies can be an effective way to keep these infections under control before they get started. To make your task easier we have outlined six items that are great to support your child’s immune system.
- Berries are an effective way to treat a stuffy nose or scratchy throat. It is rich in anti-oxidants and was used in ancient times as a remedy to treat cold and coughs
- Vitamin D is naturally used to treat a runny nose and flu and what better way than to attain it from sunlight
- Zinc helps in white blood cells production to fight against viruses
- Probiotics are filled with healthy bacteria designed to encourage a healthy immune system t fight off bacteria and other viruses
- Omega 3 fatty acids help in boosting mental health along with improving immune and gut health
- Honey is another effective ingredient designed to soothe out throat along with encouraging a healthier immune system
- Encourage more vegetable consumption
Whereas this might come as a major challenge for parents it is important to feed your child of all the necessary nutrients present in vegetables. Try limiting their consumption of sweet and junk foods by replacing them with healthier alternatives.
Snacks are a great way to help increase your child nutrient intake. Red apples, peanut butter sandwich or almond butter are all a great way to help increase nutrient intake. Try coming up with new recipes to make snacks more attractive such as smoothies added with avocado, coconut water instead of sugary foods and drinks.
- Avoid junk-food consumption
As much as kids love this food it is often recommended to limit their consumption as they because of more harm than good. Junk-food consists of a high spice and salt element both of which irritates the throat and can get your child sick more often.
They are also made of poor list of ingredients that are not healthy for your child and can cause other problems as well.
Try making alternatives at home that your child enjoys and likes to consume. Peanut butter sandwiches, oats, and smoothies are a great way to add extra nutrients to their meals without them noticing.
- Prepare healthy meals
Where most of us are well aware of how to prepare a packed lunch when the schools start but often a time forget to put in the same efforts in the meal as well when it comes to making them more attractive to consume.
Meals prepared at home are often supervised which is not possible as to what a child consumes when you are not there and hence preparing meals with the most effective nutrients is the way to go.
Such as in winters, soups are a great way to encourage the greater addition of nutrients to a dish apart from that oranges and pomegranates both rich in antioxidants are a great way to give your child the best of a meal and supervise what they are eating generally.
- Increase sleep time
Sleep is extremely important for the health of your kids and research shows how lack of sleep can cause increased risk of developing diseases. Set sleeping time for your child so they get enough sleep for the day.
Research suggests sleep deprivation can cause a weaker immune system and its ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. And so, encourage naps during the day and if that is not possible then make them go to bed earlier.
- Banish secondhand smoke
Cigarette smoke contains 4000 harmful toxins that can irritate or kill cells in the body. And as for a child their immune system is not as well developed and hence exposure to smoke can cause them to get sick more often and develop conditions like asthma and ear infections.