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How to: Boosting Children’s Immunity

With all kinds of colds, flu and other bugs going around at this time of year, do what you can to keep your children’s immune system at its strongest.

1. Vitamins & Nutrients

Good nutrition with plenty of fruit and veg is essential to maintaining a strong immune system and protecting from seasonal illnesses and allergies.

Try to integrate vitamins and nutrients into your child’s daily diet. Supplements can also be used – ask your StayWell Pharmacist for advice.

2. Sleep

Children need between 8 and 12 hours of sleep per night to help keep their bodies strong and healthy. Phase out electronic devices 1-2 hours before sleep time as using screens just before bed can cause difficulty getting to sleep.

3. Exercise

Active children are healthier children. Experts recommend that children get 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

4. Hand-washing

Teaching children the basics of hand-washing with soap and water is the easiest way to prevent the spread of disease. Teach your little one to lather for 20 seconds or say their ABC’s twice before washing off the soap.

5. Probiotics

Probiotics are great for gut health and can be taken in tablet form or found in foods such as yogurt. If your child is already sick, avoid dairy products as these can contribute to inflammation and a build-up of mucus.