How to Boost your Child’s Immune System
Starting daycare or attending school for the first time can be scary, fun, and wonderful all at the same time for both child and parents. However, one of the most important and memorable milestones in a child’s life can also be problematic. If you’re a parent who has a child in daycare or school, you are probably thinking of a few problems that you may have encountered already. Can you guess which particular problem I’m referring to? Germs! Children are exposed to even more germs the minute they start going to daycare. There are numerous school-related areas that expose children to many germs including playgrounds, the gym, the library, bus, and cafeteria. In addition, just being around other kids brings on the germs as well. The reason it’s so easy for children to pick up germs is that they’re constantly in an environment with other kids who don’t practice good hygiene, so it’s easier for germs to spread.
A sick child can sneak up on you and take you by surprise if you aren’t pro-active in boosting your child’s immune system and teaching them healthy hygiene practices. Even when you are pro-active in keeping your kids as healthy as possible, they can still get sick. So, can you imagine what happens when their immune systems are not getting what they need on a consistent basis? Children aren’t as diligent as they need to be when it comes to washing their hands after using the bathroom or playing outside. Kids, both sick and healthy, will cough or sneeze into their hands and then touch shared items or other children. Playing outside or playing with animals can also contribute to bombarding kids with germs.
Hand cleanliness can be the first line of defense against germs and children should wash for a good 20-60 seconds and make sure they allow the soap to get beneath the nails. But despite how thorough you may be about making sure your child practices good hygiene, there will always be the parent who sends their kid to school sick for whatever reason. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about that. However, you can take steps to protect your child as much as you can.
Some prevention measures are obvious like a healthy diet, plenty of fresh air, the right amount of rest, vitamins, and washing those hands! However, there are some specific things you can do that will further help your child’s immune system stay strong so hopefully, when they counter germs they will stay healthy.
First, make sure you are addressing nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Deficiencies in children turn into deficiencies in adults. Sometimes health problems we experience as adults can partly stem from deficiencies we experienced in childhood. Therefore, it’s important to work on deficiencies in your children now so that they won’t be affected later. The longer the deficiency goes on, the harder and longer it will take to fix. In addition, parents can pass down toxins, viruses, bacteria, and more at conception and throughout pregnancy as well.
In this day and age, it’s hard to get all the nutrition you need from food. Between soil depletion and processed foods who can catch a break?!
Remember that not all supplements are created equal. Please do not go to your local drugstore and just grab a multivitamin thinking that’s sufficient. You must purchase only high quality and pure vitamins and supplements to be sure they are working and supporting your child’s immune system. A great multivitamin that supports children of all ages is MaryRuth’s Organics. They have a morning multivitamin and a nighttime multimineral supplement that is good to take on a daily basis.
Liquid zinc sulfate is a supplement that people of all ages should take. You can give your child a few drops of zinc on and off throughout the year to protect and support their immune system. Do not underestimate the value of zinc, as zinc deficiency is a common issue for many. In fact, many health problems can be traced to a lack of sufficient zinc.
Don’t forget probiotics! Probiotics are awesome for gut health especially if your body has been affected by vaccines, antibiotic overuse, and other conventional drugs. Healing your gut will boost the immune system and help strengthen it. These probiotics are top-notch. They are organic and gluten-free, and the company states that this probiotic can be given to children 3 months and up.
Elderberry is a safe herb for children. If you’re pregnant and/or nursing you can also take this herb. Nursing mothers can pass this herb on to their babies through their milk. An easy way to give this herb to your children is by giving them elderberry syrup.
If you’re looking to remove heavy metals from your children’s bodies consider Hawaiian spirulina and barley grass juice extract powder. Both are known for removing heavy metal from your body. Heavy Metal toxicity can contribute to many conditions including ADHA, depression, autism, mysterious rashes, and more. In fact, Hawaiian spirulina and barley grass juice extra powder are great for adults as well as removing heavy metal toxins. The taste can be a bit much if just mixed with water, so I like to put these in my morning smoothie. This drowns out the taste and will be easier to get your kids to take if you have other goodness mixed in with it such as bananas, wild blueberries, or whatever fruits you like.
You can also strengthen your child’s immune system by removing certain foods from his or her diet. Removing culprits that cause digestive problems and stomach aches such as gluten, and dairy products can be helpful in battling food allergies. Eliminating corn, soy, high fructose syrup, and eggs can be beneficial as well. These common allergens can wreak havoc on your system. You can try eliminating one item at a time to see if there is any change. Try almond milk, rice milk, or goat’s milk as a healthy alternative to cow’s milk.
Despite your best efforts, your child may still get sick or not feel well every now and then. You can nip the sickness in the bud quickly or decrease the amount of time it takes your child to get well. The minute you see signs of your child feeling ill, or they verbally express it, start pushing those fluids. Staying hydrated is very important to the healing process. Staying hydrated with water, broths, coconut water, pure juices (like apple or cranberry) will help fight a fever. Keep solid foods to a minimum during this time.
You can try making some healthy popSICKles for your child to suck on when they have an irritated or a sore throat. These popsicles will have your throat feeling better in no time. Besides, what child doesn’t love popsicles! Using a high-quality liquid zinc is also good for warding off and fighting a sore throat.
For ear infections, an ear oil is your best line of defense before resorting to antibiotics which don’t always help anyway. Just a couple of drops in each ear can prevent an ear infection or help one that’s already started.
Remember to always ask your doctor on how to best use these supplements, or any others you choose. Also, always be sure to read labels and instructions on any supplements you purchase.
Stay prepared always by keeping a few items in your medicine cabinet. This way you won’t be caught off guard and can get a head start on fighting off any symptoms.
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The supplements mentioned are some of the best ones you can buy based on my research. I’m sure there are others as well. Whatever supplement you go with just make sure it’s 2 things: high quality and pure. None of that synthetic, fake, and GMO stuff. Otherwise, it’s a waste of time and you might as well not take the vitamin, supplement, etc. at all.
I’ve discussed zinc a few times and can’t stress how important it is for good health, so it’s only fitting that I talk about foods rich in zinc. Foods rich in Zinc include sesame, oysters, pumpkin seeds, red meat, dried watermelon seeds, raw chocolate, beans, spinach, asparagus, pecans, and cashews.
It’s a given that you should keep a plentiful amount of fruits and vegetables on hand. Introduce your children to vegetables early on in hopes that if they don’t warm up to them eventually, in time they will. Veggies can be hidden in smoothies too so don’t forget this popular trick to get little ones to eat more vegetables.
Bananas, berries, apples, and pears are fantastic fruits for helping you get the antioxidants, potassium, amino acids, and protein you need.
The human body is a complex system. Remember the information given is not a cure-all but an outline and basic guideline you can use to help boost and keep your child’s immune system healthy. There are many ways to address children’s health and deficiencies so just pick what’s right for you. The crucial point to take away from all this is to do something! Don’t just leave good health to fate and hope for the best. Eat a good clean, healthy diet, and fill in the gaps with pure, quality vitamins and supplements when you’re not able to get a complete nutritional load of food.