Kids get sick a lot. Between immune systems that are still developing, and crowded environments such as school and daycare, it’s easy for kids to end up sniffling and sneezing all year long. This can mean missed work for parents, and missed school for children.
This year is more concerning than others due to Covid-19. While Covid itself rarely causes serious illness in children, there have been cases of children getting very sick or dying. No one wants to take that risk with their kid.
If you’re worried about your child getting sick, even if its just another round of the sniffles, boosting their immune system can help. Here are a few safe ways you can do just that.
Offer Healthy Foods
It can be very hard to get kids to eat their vegetables, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Keep their favorite fruits handy for snacking, whole grain options instead of refined flours, and encourage your kids to drink water.
While it may be a struggle, the more healthy foods you can get into them, the stronger their immune system will be. That’s a great start!
Try Bee Propolis
Bee propolis is a product made from bees. It is the waxy coating used to protect hives. It can boost your child’s immune system, and is also an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. Bee propolis should not be used on children under the age of 1, and should not be used for any child who has a honey or bee allergy. Caution should also be used if there is a history of bee allergy in the family.
Improve Your Child’s Gut Bacteria
Yogurts, kefirs, and even some cheeses all have something in common. They are all made with the help of beneficial bacteria that help transform milk or other ingredients into the finished product. They also help by crowding out bad bacteria in the gut, leaving them no room to get a foot hold, and have an important role in your child’s immune system.
You can keep your child healthy in a big way by making sure they get probiotics as part of their diet.
Help Them Get Plenty of Sleep
It can be a struggle to get your children to bed on time, but making sure they have good sleep quality can help with their immune system later. If your child has trouble sleeping, consider speaking to your child’s pediatrician to find out what you can do to make sure your child gets enough sleep for their age.
You can help better prepare your child for sleep by cutting screen access a couple hours before bed time, a consistent bedtime routine, and white noise machines if they are light sleepers.
Children are often more vulnerable to illness because their immune system is still developing. That means they’re more likely to catch colds and flu compared to adults. While you can’t entirely stop your child from getting sick, you can help them get over illness faster and become less likely to get sick overall through helping them build a solid immune system.