Keep Kids Germ Free Naturally!
Children are born with a weakened immune system, so they’re susceptible to catching everything. Of course, this won’t do them any harm in the long run: the occasional cough and cold helps to build up their natural immunity for viruses in the future. However, we do know it’s nice to keep the family as germ free as possible – especially during the holidays - so today we’ve provided some handy tips!
Here are three natural ways to tackle those germs!
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1. Getting children to wash their hands: make it a game, make it fun!
In order to get your child to regularly wash their hands, consider incentivizing it - perhaps you could begin a star chart-type system for hand washing during the day? This will help your child become more mindful of the task while they’re at home and this will automatically carry on over to playgroup or school.
Effective hand washing should take approximately 30 seconds. For a little child that can feel like an entire lifetime! You’ll know that if your child is bored, it can difficult to get them to sit still for two seconds, never mind 30! You might need to turn hand washing into a little game: you could also try asking your child to recite the alphabet twice during the task, or perhaps ask them for a rendition of their favorite song?
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2. Boost your child’s immune system with nutrients
The immune system is a child’s best defines against cold and flu - so ensure your child’s is working to max capacity by feeding them plenty of freshly cooked, nutritious meals. The vitamins and minerals included in fresh food are the essential fuel for a top-notch immune system.
Make no exceptions at lunchtime either: we know all kids love a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar, but do remember to pack some tasty fruit treats also. If you can’t get your child to eat an apple, try exotic dried fruits. They are packed full of vitamins, plus they’re usually sweet so appeal to children’s taste buds!
If your child is fussy about fruit and vegetables (it happens) you could try giving them multivitamin tablets instead. Some are even orange flavored and chewable! But remember: multivitamins are no substitution for healthy, nutritious foods.
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3. Boost your child’s immune system with sleep
Did you know that for years, doctors believed the link between good sleep and a healthy immune system was nothing more than an old wives’ tale? Today, however, some scientific data indicates the theory is true: a good night’s sleep can be a prime defense against cough and cold germs. Ensuring your child has a good night’s sleep should help to boost their immune system. Either way, a well-rested child is typically a happier child - so do ensure your child gets the correct number of hours required for their age group.
How do you keep your kid germ-free during flu season? Comment below! We'd love to hear from you!
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