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5 Tips to Keep Kids from Getting Sick


5 Tips to Keep Kids from Getting Sick

Keeping kids healthy during the fall and winter months is a tough task for parents, especially as kids back at daycare and school get exposed to a wide range of germs and viruses. While catching some bugs is inevitable for young kids – especially as their immune systems are in the process of growing stronger through exposure to new illnesses – there are still ways to reduce the chance that your kids will get sick. 

1. Good Hygiene

Many Circle of Mom members attest that good hygiene habits are imperative for keeping kids sick-free. As Claudia L. shares, “We wash hands every time we come from the outdoors, we have wipes everywhere we go and clean our hands coming into the car, from the grocery store, etc.” Courtney P. offers another key hygiene habit: “Have everyone sneeze and cough into tissues or inside their shirt or sleeve – not their hands."

2. Fresh Air

“Try to have them play outdoors whenever it's possible,” suggests Annette E., and Shelagh S. agrees: “Lots of fresh air – get outside as often as possible, but also have windows open in the house whenever practical.”

3. Immunity-Boosting Foods

Feeding your child a nutrient-rich diet can also help boost immunity and prevent sickness. Bridget M. suggests “picking foods that are naturally high in antioxidants," while other moms recommend fruits and vegetables (especially those loaded with vitamin C), zinc-fortified cereals, flax oil (a great source of omega-3 fatty acids) and garlic.

4. Multivitamins

Some moms also recommend multivitamins for boosting a child’s immune system. As Kelly D. shares: “At the beginning of the school year, I start the kids on a chewable multi-vitamin.” Do consult your pediatrician before giving your child a multivitamin, as some ingredients, such as iron, can pose risks for children when consumed in large quantities. (Related: Why Your Pre-Schooler May Need a Vitamin Supplement).

5. Probiotics

Probiotics are another immune-system booster that numerous Circle of Moms members swear by. Amanda F. started her 6-year-old son on probiotics at age three, and relays: "He hasn't gotten sick in over 3 years and has missed catching anything from several outbreaks of strep, swine flu, and regular flu at his school."

Do you have another tip for keeping kids healthy?

Image Source: SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget via Flickr/Creative Commons

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