Family | Boost your child’s immune system

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While you cannot protect your children from being exposed to everyday germs and viruses, you can help boost their immune system through a variety of healthy habits and measures.

No matter how many wipes you use or clean the floors, a child inevitably picks up germs and, on occasion, gets sick. It’s all part of the course of being a child.

However, you can build their immune system so they can fight off any virus or infection they do manage to be exposed to.

Increasing their dose of fruits and vegetables is the most obvious and easiest thing to do. Carrots, green beans, orange and strawberries all contain immunity-boosting phytonutrients such as vitamin C and carotenoids. Phytonutrients can help increase the body’s production of infection-fighting white blood cells and interferon, an antibody that coats cell surfaces, blocking out viruses.

Sugar has been shown to suppress immunity. To keep kids well, limit their overall intake of additives, sugar, and find out which foods are allergens.

Sleep deprivation can make a child more susceptible to illness. As children engage in more movements and activity during their day, they need more sleep. Napping, as such, is important for all children to ensure they get their full quota of sleep.

Exercise Matters

Regular exercise can help increase the number of natural killer cells in adults and children. Organise some family excursions such as walks or biking to get everyone moving.

To reduce exposure to germs, get them in a habit of washing hands regularly. Pay particular attention to their hygiene after playing outside, handling pets or arriving home from daycare.

One key germ-busting strategy is to throw out their toothbrush when ill. A child cannot catch the same cold or flu virus twice, but the virus can hop from toothbrush to toothbrush, infecting other family members.