The 2018 school year is barely two months old, but we’re sure you’ve encountered a few dreaded ‘back to school’ sniffles and medical complaints already. Children in large groups are bound to infect one another with colds and other illnesses, which is why it is so important to boost your child’s immunity as best you can to safeguard them against potentially harmful viruses and bacteria.

You can boost your child’s immunity throughout the 2018 school year by:

  • Ensuring that they enjoy a varied diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables. Cut down on refined carbs and saturated fats, and instead fill your child’s plate (and lunch box) with fresh, whole foods that contain plenty of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.
  • Keeping track of their sleeping habits. Watch your kids’ bedtime routines. A growing body requires at least 8 hours of sound sleep to stay healthy and work effectively. Cut down on screen time before bed, ban devices from the bedroom and enforce a family-wide bedtime that applies on school nights (even adults will benefit from this!).
  • Motivating them to get out and about. Find an active pursuit you can enjoy as a family. Walk the dog, take a swim, go cycling – whatever you do, get moving and make sure that your kids see you participating. Lead by example!

If you’re still pregnant or caring for an infant, there are two main ways in which you can boost their immunity:

  • Breastfeed, if you can. Your milk contains immunity-enhancing antibodies and white blood cells, which guards your baby against everything from ear infections and allergies, to diarrhoea, pneumonia, meningitis, and urinary-tract infections. We realise not every mother has the ability to do so, but at the very least give it the try with the help of a knowledgeable family member, a maternity nurse, or a lactation specialist – the benefits are countless.
  • Get them vaccinated. The anti-vaccination movement that has cropped up in recent years is founded on poor science that has since been debunked time and again. Getting your children vaccinated is one of the most effective ways to ensure that they have the immunity required to survive childhood diseases that could otherwise prove fatal or leave them with needless disabilities or health issues further down the line.

These are a few of the ways in which you can boost your child’s immunity throughout the 2018 school year. Keep your eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more health-boosting tips and advice.

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