The pandemic has taught us that we should never take good health for granted. In this article, pediatrician Dr. Damaris Mafut explains how you can keep your child’s immune system in good shape as we continue to stay at home.
As a parent, you want to do as much as you can to protect your kids, especially when they are young. While you can’t always protect them from getting sick, there are a few things that I recommend for parents who want to promote their child’s immune system.
Here are three ways that you can show some love to your child’s immune system.
Go Outside More
If you have been doing your part during the pandemic over the past year, you have probably spent a lot more time indoors than you are used to. It is still absolutely critical to continue social distancing, wearing a mask, and avoiding going out in public as much as possible, but that doesn’t mean you can get some fresh air.
Even when COVID-19 wasn’t a daily headline, many of us didn’t go outside enough. If you want to help your child’s immune system, get some exercise and vitamin D by going out in the sun for a little each day.
Be Careful about What You Have in Your Home
It’s not possible for many parents to spend hours at a time outdoors with their kids, so it’s also important to make your indoor space as clean and free of harmful substances as possible.
Because we spend so much time inside now, it is worth taking the time to check your home’s air filter to make sure that your indoor air quality is healthy. Introducing plants into your home or buying an air purifier can also improve your home’s air quality. Pediatrician pro-tip: be sure to use cleaning products that are not toxic, as well. Exposure to harsh chemicals over a long time can be unhealthy for your child.
Prepare More Healthy Foods
Perhaps the most important piece of your child’s immunity puzzle is their diet. Think about the food that you prepare regularly? Does it provide a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet for your family? If not, it might be time to start researching what you can do to improve what your pantry has to offer.
You may not always have time, but try cooking with fresh foods as much as possible. When you provide your child with fresh, healthy food, their bodies are going to get the nutrients that they need to grow big and strong as well as keep their immune systems functioning properly.
Talk to a Pediatrician about Your Child’s Needs
You can’t always keep your child from coming down with a cold, but you can give their immune system a fighting chance if you keep them active and provide a clean home and healthy food options.
If you have questions about what you can do to keep your little one happy and healthy, I am here to help! Get in touch with me today to schedule an appointment.