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How to boost the immunity of your children?

Helixia

Published on Dec 17, 2018

The cold season has come very early this year!

As the cold snap moves in, heavy clothing is taking over our closets!

Air temperatures dropping marks the start of yet another season of viruses and bacteria. And considering we want to fully enjoy this season with our little ones without them getting sick, here are five effective measures that will boost their immunity and help them stay healthy throughout the winter.

 

1/ Get a restful sleep:

In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends between 10-13 hours of sleep for children between 3-5 years old and between 9-12 hours for those aged between 6-12 years.

 

https://aasm.org/recharge-with-sleep-pediatric-sleep-recommendations-promoting-optimal-health/

Making sure there is ample time for sleep is one of the best ways to promote both physical and mental health.

 

2/ Eat well:

It is key to offer healthy and nutritionally strong food for our children so that they have energy. As a general rule, cover one-third of the plate with plant-based foods like vegetables, one-third with whole grains, and the last third with meat and alternatives, not to mention milk and fruit.

Among these foods are those that are known to strengthen the immune system such as garlic, turmeric, onion, broccoli …

Functional foods, such as probiotic-fortified yogurt, promote the health of the immune system in addition to nutrition.

 

3/ Wash your hands:

Children are naturally curious and have a tendency to want to touch everything. Washing their hands with soap and warm water regularly is essential (when they come home, before eating, after using the toilet, before going to sleep …) to prevent the spread of germs.

 

4/ Getting the vitamin C needed:

Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables (orange, grapefruit, kiwi, turnip, bell pepper, parsley, …). It helps boost the immune system because it plays a vital role in the body’s immune response.

 

5/ To clean the nose:

It is important to clean your nose by using a saline solution that removes impurities while decongesting the nasal cavity. A build-up of mucus can cause discomfort and foster infections.

Obviously, there are other effective measures such as drinking water regularly, getting   immunized, taking gummies to address the lack of vitamins, staying active, etc. We need to use every means possible to keep our little ones healthy all winter long. The most important thing is to teach our kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.

 

*This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is in no way intended to substitute for professional medical advice, to contradict medical advice given, or for medical care of any kind. As with any medication, speak to your doctor before using.

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