Our immune systems are finicky beasts. Just when you need them the most it seems like they can abandon you in your hour of need.
The thing is, you need to give your immune system a little tender loving care. The purpose of your immune system is to fight off bacteria and stop viruses from invading your blood cells. In childhood, our systems are delicate and under exposed. That’s why children and babies tend to get more colds, viruses and flu. These then taper off in teenagers and adults due to more exposure.
As you age, you build up an immunity as your body is exposed to bacteria and viruses, it learns to attack and fight these off. So it’s important that you take the right steps to provide your children with the immune defence possible. It sets them up for life and could be impactful in how their immune system works in later life.
Obviously, this only applies if you are pregnant or a new mother. But there is evidence to support the idea that breastfeeding your baby is a way to create a passive immunity in your young baby. This immunity can then last throughout their early childhood. How does this work? Antibodies that are present in the mother’s breast milk give the baby the same immunity. Understandably, breastfeeding is not possible for everyone. But as a mother, this is one of the earliest acts of defence you can provide your baby with.
Exercise is good for you and your children. By encouraging them to do exercise you are opening them up to a lifestyle that will improve their health and well-being. Not only does exercise potentially decrease your chances of developing a disease, it is also great for keeping your bones and immune system healthy. Don’t let the weather be an excuse either. There is a benefit to all types of outdoor exercise, regardless of temperature. There are several theories about why exercise is a good preventative to general illness. It is speculated that it causes the antibodies in white blood cells to circulate more. Therefore detecting and destroying potential germs and viruses earlier. Regardless, instilling the principles of a healthy approach to exercise and lifestyle is only going to be a benefit to your children for later in life.
3. Healthy Balanced Diet
Nutrition is starting point for a healthy lifestyle. It is the easiest and most non-invasive approach to boosting your child's immune system. This involves a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, fibres and proteins. A balanced diet is essential for good overall health. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly hard to get our children to understand this! Often they are averse to anything labelled ‘healthy’, so you need to get sneaky with your tactics. Try slipping hidden vegetables into their meals, or disguising healthy snacks as treats. Our favourite healthy treat is our Vitashake milkshake. Chock full of vitamins and minerals you can trick your kids into thinking they are getting a delicious chocolate or strawberry flavoured milkshake. Happy little one, happy you!
There is an argument that to boost immunity, your child should be exposed to germs and allergens. It is referred to as the hygiene hypothesis. The theory goes that children growing up in clean environments may develop hypersensitive immune systems. Studies by Johns Hopkins Children’s Centre suggest that many of our immune responses are shaped in the first year of life. Additionally, the exposure to bacteria and allergens is important in stimulating and training the immune system.
So don’t get so pernickety about keeping your baby or children clean. Sure, try and manage germs and transmission as usual, but let them play. Let them get dirty, roll in puddles and the mud. Play with animals and run wild on the playground. It’s all part of a healthy, holistic and realistic approach to lifestyle.
5. Natural Recovery
It’s inevitable that illness will strike. Sometimes it can feel like one endless round of colds and stomach bugs after another. No matter the season, there is always some school bug going around. So while doing all of the previous steps can help aid in strengthening your little one’s immune system, what to do when illness strikes? Often colds and viruses just need to run their course. Often parents are reluctant to medicate their young children and this is when natural alternatives can be a good option.
If your little bubba has been suffering, why not try our Brauer Baby & Child Immunity Support? The formula contains Vitamin D3 to support immune system health in healthy children. Vitamin D3 also helps maintain healthy growth and development in children. This product also contains homeopathic ingredients traditionally used in homeopathic medicine to relieve fatigue in healthy children. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.
These five steps may help you on your way to a healthy, strong imnnune systme for you and your kids. If you found these tips helpful why not subscribe to our Parenting Naturally and Living Naturally blogs? Full of healthy, natural and holistic advice and useful information to help you and your family live a healthy life- naturally.
*All content here should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.