When it comes to your kids, you obviously want to do everything to can to make sure that they are as
healthy and happy as possible. Unfortunately, you can’t make them live in a bubble until the age of 18,
which means they’re going to come in contact with all manner of germs, viruses, allergens, and other
substances that could cause them to suffer from immune reactions. But rather than simply treating
symptoms as they occur, you can try to boost their immunity in order to keep them healthier on the whole.
Here are a few options you may want to look into.
1. Daily vitamins. This is an easy one for most parents as there are so many daily supplements made
specifically for kids, with the proper levels of vitamins and nutrients they need to grow strong
and develop properly. You can talk to your doctor about which vitamins are best for your kids
(tests can determine if they have any particular deficiencies you should focus on). But in terms of
immunity, you’ll certainly want to ensure that they’re getting adequate levels of vitamin C. You
may want to discuss other immune boosters like zinc with your pediatrician before you give them
to kids since you’ll no doubt find that certain supplements (heavy metals, in particular) are not
recommended for children under a certain age.
2. Diet. A balanced diet that contains plenty of fresh foods and vital nutrients is essential for the
ongoing health of your kids, helping them to thrive and develop correctly. So leave the processed
foods on the shelves and shop the perimeter of the store (where the fresh options reside). You can
check the food pyramid if you’re unsure how many servings of fruits and veggies, lean meats,
whole grains, and dairy products they need daily.
3. Adequate sleep. Sleep plays a major role not just in our mental and emotional health, but our
physical state, as well. Fatigue can definitely impact the immune function of your kids, so if
they’re suffering from fitful sleep, insomnia, or other issues that keep them from getting their full
eight hours a night you should figure out what is causing the problem before the situation results
in sick kids.
4. Immunizations. There was a period of time where doctors mistakenly believed that immunizations
were a potential cause for the increase in cases of autism. Eventually this position was disproven,
but not before plenty of parents turned down the immunizations that would have kept their
kids healthy. Although some people still feel that there’s no need to inoculate kids against so-
called “dead” diseases like polio, scarlet fever, mumps, and so on, the truth is that strains of these
ailments still exist and they can be extremely damaging or even fatal to children. Most parents
would prefer to avoid this possibility at all costs.
5. Preventive care. Regular doctor visits may not directly help to boost immunity, but they
are definitely needed to preserve an ongoing state of good health. So whether you have
comprehensive coverage through your job or you have to get temporary health insurance for
your kids, make sure they get to the doctor and dentist annually in order to ensure that they stay