Monday September 23, 2019
You know the scene: you visit your child’s school or go to pick them up one day. While there, you see another child (or several of them) with runny noses they’re wiping on their sleeves, sneezing and coughing without covering their mouths.
The germs that get spread around some classrooms can be so disturbing that you would want to bathe in hand sanitizer. But if you’re worried about your child catching something from the germs at school, here are some tips on how to boost your kid’s immune system:
- Sleep — The first thing you need to do is to make sure that your child is getting enough sleep at night. Although studies vary as to how much time they need, you should aim for eight (or more) hours per day for your school-age child. (Younger children need more.) This restful sleep helps the body generate cells that help your body fight disease. If you’re not sleeping, your body can’t create these cells and you can get sick easier.
- Diet — Another big booster for your child’s system is proper diet. If you serve lots of fruits (especially oranges and strawberries) and vegetables (especially greens like spinach and green beans as well as carrots), then your child can generate substances called phytonutrients that can help fight diseases (and may even continue on into adulthood against diseases like cancer). Generally, you want about 5 cups of fruits and veggies each day. Another big boost for your infant children is to breastfeed. This helps pass on natural immunities to your baby and will help them immensely in the future.
- Exercise — Another good booster is to get out and exercise with your child. Too much screen time and just sitting on the couch can hinder your body’s development of cells that fight disease. If you really want to get out and exercise, don’t just tell them to go outside and play. Get out there with them and you can help boost your own immune system.
No one likes to see their child get sick. So, as you get ready to send them back to school, take some time to instill some healthy habits that can help keep them well this year.