Have you been trying to keep your kids healthy but haven’t had success?
Is your child constantly catching colds, stomach bugs, or the flu every year or even year-round?
Well in this article, I’m going to be share how to boost your child’s immune system.
I’m sure at some point you may have had hesitation with the thought of sending your child to school for the simple fact of not wanting them to potentially “catch something” which would possibly cause you to call out of work often.
It seems like whenever there are too many kids in one setting, the next day, at least one of them comes down with something.
I’m not just saying this because its what I’ve heard. I have actually had quite a bit of experience seeing this happen.
Being a stay at home mom, I go on play dates pretty often and time after time, other moms are canceling events because their little one caught something (cold, has fever, etc) while they were out.
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Now, I’m not saying my kids just never catch anything because that would be a total lie, but through experiencing these things myself, I have finally found the solution to tremendously cutting down on catching these nasty viruses.
There was a point when my 3-year-old seemed to catch a cold every couple of weeks and then he would pass it right to his baby sister.
My husband and I have always been the type to say “Lets just let their bodies fight it off.”
Mainly because we really didn’t want to turn to over the counter medications all the time, but we quickly realized that was no longer an option with the way these viruses are floating around.
Even when we did use medications, it seemed like cough suppressants did NOT suppress the cough but in fact, enhanced it and baby Tylenol would only temporarily rid the fever.
We would only use baby Tylenol when the fever was extremely high due to teething as recommended by the doctors office.
So what did we do if we stopped using cough medications and baby Tylenol? We simply started building their immune system by utilizing a few natural based methods.
Here are some things we started consistently implementing below.
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How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System
1. Healthier Diet:
We basically started adding more fruits and veggies into there diet. I know some parents will say “Well, my kids won’t eat them!” but I’m here to tell you there are different ways you can get around the toddler/child objections to fruits and veggies, but I will save that for another blog post.
Check out a couple of my articles that will help incorporate more veggies into your child’s diet.
2. More Sleep:
Sleep, sleep, sleep! Whenever my kiddos were fighting some sort of virus, all they wanted to do was sleep.
I try my best to make sure my kiddos get at least 12 hours of sleep per night and at least an hour nap per day. Sleep is just a vital part of our overall health and development.
The National Sleep Foundation as a recommended sleep duration chart for all ages.
3. Getting Outside:
Sometimes as a stay-at-home-mom, it can be a challenge to get my kiddos outside every single day, but I make an effort to get them out as much as I can.
Harvard Medical School as an article that goes in depth on 6 reasons children should play outside.
I can say that having kids exposed to more germs, has definitely helped with boosting their immune system.
For us, this was after the 3 month mark. Yup, we were those parents who kept our new babies in the house until 3 months of age while there little immune systems were building.
4. Vitamins & Supplements:
The MOST IMPORTANT of them all in my opinion.
The reason I think this is the most important way to boost their immune system is because I have only implemented the other methods listed above and that just wasn’t enough.
I use 3 things to boost my kids immune system:
The vitamins just simply give them the nutrients of fruits and veggies that they may not be getting from the foods they’re eating.
The probiotics are the good bacteria that are already in the stomach which helps support the digestive system and gives the immune system a boost.
Lastly, the supplement is full of vitamin C and is used as an immune booster.
It comes in the form of a twist tube that you just add to your kid’s water cup and my two absolutely love it!
They think its juice!
We also more recently love Elderberry Syrup, which is also high in vitamin C.
Since this multivitamin is for kids ages 4 years and up, my daughter who isn’t 4 years old just yet, takes half per day.
I really like their multivitamin because it includes 14 strains of probiotics, which is great for boosting the immune system and overall digestive health.
Now we don’t just buy them cheap vitamins and supplements from anywhere, because a lot of those cheaper ones are full of sugar, which are bad for their teeth and they are made with artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
I know you’re probably thinking, well how do you know that? Let’s just say I’ve done my share of research.
So if you are going to buy your kids vitamins and supplements, just make sure they are natural.
It may seem like a lot of stuff to give your child and you’re probably thinking your child doesn’t need all of that.
Well, with the way these viruses are appearing and the doctors have no cure for them, we are going to do whatever it takes to keep our little humans healthy and happy.
These key things that I have shared with you all, have truly worked wonders for us.
Our kids don’t get the flu vaccine and have NEVER had the flu so in my opinion, we’re doing something right.
I’m not telling you this to brag, I really just want you to know there are natural alternatives out there for avoiding the flu that I have personally seen to be effective.
This is something we chose not to do because there are several different strains of the flu and the one the doctors may be vaccinating for, may not be the actual strain that is out that season.
Plus, we continually keep them covered in prayer!
I mean our children are worth that much right? I just see it like this.
Either we can buy them something cheap and never see the results we really want or we can keep our kids healthy with buying them something of great quality.
There multivitamin has no artificial flavors or colors, no added sugars, they’re gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.
My daughter is sightly sensitive to dairy, so we are really happy about that and the kids literally beg for their vitamins EVERY morning!
I hope this helps! Please feel free to share this post and comment below if you have any questions or comments on how you keep your kiddos healthy.