With cold weather and even snow quickly taking over the Woodbridge area, children are become more susceptible to sickness-causing germs. The cold begins to weaken the immune system, and influenza and other viruses are zooming through the air. And with so many children packed into school buildings and buses, it’s only a matter of time before colds are spread around.
While there is no surefire way to guarantee your child will never get sick — besides maybe living in a bubble — there are steps you can take to boost your child’s immune system. Best of all, these are simple adjustments to make, not life-altering changes.
Soap and Water
Whether at home or at school, your child is picking up random objects, playing with friends and otherwise picking up tons of germs. It’s true, many of these germs are vital to building a naturally healthy immune system. However, there is no reason why children should not be sanitary and hygienic!
Encourage your children to wash their hands more often. Sure, you taught them during potty-training that hand washing is the last step, and even that may need some reinforcing. But when they get home from school and before they have a snack, they should wash off all those germs they’ve picked up during the day. Note that regular soap works just as well, if not better, than antimicrobial soaps.
Eating and Sleeping
What we put into our bodies directly affects how well different systems work. If your child is getting nothing but processed foods, their immune systems will suffer. Fresh and frozen vegetables are pretty cheap and are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals. If your child is picky, mix things up with options like a fruit and Greek yogurt smoothie.
After a long day of school, practice, homework and other stressors a young child faces, they need a good night’s sleep. For younger children, this means about 10 hours a night. Tweens and teens need about 8-9 hours. Anything less and their immune system could be compromised more readily.
Even if you as a parent do everything right, your child may still be getting sick more often than you would like. A trip to the doctor can help you figure out what exactly is wrong and how it can be treated. Often, the doctor will prescribe expensive medications that may or may not solve the problem. What many parents don’t understand is that there are natural remedies to boost your child’s immune system.
A bio-nutrition plan from your chiropractor is a great way to find the right balance of vitamins and minerals that may be lacking from your child’s diet. Natural supplements are suggested, based on diet and other factors. Many of these supplements are inexpensive and easy to find. In addition, your chiropractor may suggest different foods to get these nutrients even more easily.
If you are interested in learning more about bio-nutrition in Woodbridge to boost your child’s immune system, ACT Wellness can help. Contact us today to set up an appointment and get on the fast track to wellness today!