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6 Ways to boost kids' immune system

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Flu prevention tips for kids

We've all been re-trained to sneeze into our elbow and instructed on staying home when we're sick, but what can we do for our kids to prevent them from getting sick to begin with? A healthy immune system is your child's best defense against germs this season, and maintaining a fit one will help keep germs away.

Flu prevention tips for kidsVitamins & Supplements

Your children should be getting most of the vitamins and minerals they need to grow and build up their immunity with the foods they eat. If you're concerned they're not getting enough of something in their diets, talk to you pediatrician about adding vitamins and supplements to their diet.  Children need the essentials like iron, calcium, and fluoride for healthy teeth, which can be found in vitamins and supplements in addition to their regular diet.

Check out the new requirements for vitamin D in your child's diet here.

Handle germs with hand washing

It may sound simple, but many forget to do it or don't do it often enough. Hand washing can help prevent germs from entering our bodies compromising our immune systems.

Some general guidelines for hand washing include:

  • Use warm water
  • Rub hands together and scrub surfaces and in between fingers
  • Sing a song (Happy Birthday x2) to help determine if you're washing for long enough
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if water and soap are not available.

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