How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System

Boost Your Child's Immune SystemNobody wants to have to look at their child and see the telltale signs of sickness. During the winter months, all kinds of viruses and illnesses float around freely, just waiting for the next carrier to pick it up and pass it on. There are some sure fire ways to help prevent and protect your child throughout the year from coming down with the most common illnesses that plague society. Read further to find tips and ideas on how to protect your child from sneezes, sniffles, and stuffiness.

Vitamins

Vitamins can become your immune systems best friend. A daily does of a children’s vitamin containing specifically Zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 can ward off most common ailments that could leave your child feeling under the weather.

The most important mineral that your body will need is Zinc. Zinc helps your body to produce white blood cells, which are needed to fight off illness. Making sure that your child reaches a recommended dose of Zinc (3 mg for children ages 7 months to 3 years, and 5 mg for children ages 4 to 8 years) will help their body to efficiently battle off viruses and illnesses. Beware giving your child too much Zinc, for it can interfere with the production of copper and iron levels in the body, which are needed for other vital functions in your child’s immune system. It can also weaken the function of the immune system. Make sure that your child stays within the recommended dose of Zinc for the best performance. Zinc can be found in poultry, milk, beef, eggs, yogurts, and seafood.

Vitamin C is an excellent source for repairing your body’s immune system and helping it to efficiently battle off any illnesses that you might get. This vitamin is the easiest to obtain, for the maximum dose needed for efficiency is a mere cup or orange juice. It can also be found in many different vegetables, including broccoli.

Getting enough Vitamin B6 is as easy as aiming to obtain all of your daily dose of Zinc, for the foods which contain B6 most generally contain Zinc. Vitamin B6 helps your immune system to produce antibodies, which are vital to helping your immune system fight off infections and viruses.

Properly immunized

One of the most obvious ways to prevent diseases is to make sure that your child is properly immunized with your health care professional. Keeping on schedule and making sure that your child gets every recommended dose for their age will help them to better battle the most common ailments that we have immunizations for in the 21st century. Not only can immunizing your child be good for their health, the more people who get vaccinated for a certain ailment will decrease the likelihood of a widespread outbreak. Talk to your physician about which immunizations your child still needs to be safe.

Omega 3 fats

Feed your child a diet rich in Omega 3 fats. These healthy fats will boost the immune system by increasing the amount of macrophages that your body produces, which are white cells that kill bacteria in the body. Foods that contain the recommended daily dose of Omega 3 fats (3 oz.) are most commonly seafoods. If your child doesn’t like seafood, you can offer them a fish oil pill.

Not only should your child eat foods rich in good things for your body, but they should also balance their diet with good forms of bacteria. Acidophilus and lactobacillus are the two healthy types of bacteria that you should try to incorporate into your child’s diet to help stave off viruses. These two bacterias are considered to be probiotics, and can stimulate your child’s intestinal system so that it is ready to actively ward off bad bacteria. Probiotic capsules are one source that your child can get these bacteria from. Most commonly, they are found in yogurts.

Stay hydrated

When your body is working with a fully hydrated system, it is easier for it to work efficiently to cleanse and detox your body when bacteria are introduced. Along with regular drinks, your child can get some of their hydration from eating fruits and vegetables.

Stay away from sweets

Make sure to stay away from sweets and artificial sweeteners. When your body is introduced to too much sweets and sweeteners, it doesn’t work as efficiently at fighting off germs and viruses. Steer away from an abundance of soda and candies. Better alternatives includes fruits, vegetables, and 100% fruit juices.

Eat three balanced meals a day, plus three snacks to ward off virus and infection. When our body skips these vital meals, our immune system drops drastically while we try to tend to other areas that may not be as nourished as they could be. If our immune system is busy working overtime to try to make up for calories and nutrients lost, it can’t focus on actively trying to rid germs and viruses.

Along with all of the other immune boosting tips mentioned here, the key to maintaining healthiness lies within lessening your exposure to germs. Constant hand washing, and sanitizing, can lessen a person’s chance of getting a virus or disease more than a person who skips this critical step. If your child is exposed to other children on a common basis, make sure to instill in them proper hand washing techniques, and allow them to carry their own bottle of hand sanitizer.

Obviously, your child will most certainly come down sick at some point despite constant preventative measures. Check with your health professional to see what can be done for your child when they are ill, and make sure to follow all medicinal regimens for them that are prescribed. Don’t medicate your child without a doctor’s permission to use an OTC remedy. Making your health care professional your number one source for advice can greatly decrease the amount of sick time that you child may experience.