Supporting your child’s immune system in winter

July 27, 2018
Children’s Health, Colds & Hayfever, Sleep & Mood

Winter means blankets, hot chocolates… and endless amounts of snot.

The cold season is upon us again. Many parents accept winter sneezes as a fact of life, but with a little preparation, there’s a lot you can do that may reduce the occurrence of common colds.

Here’s a quick checklist of suggestions to help support the health and function of your child’s immune system this winter.

Taking care

Healthy eating is at the heart of a healthy immune system, so make sure you feed your kids lots of fresh fruit and veggies this winter. Winter is a good time for vitamin-rich green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, while citrus fruits will keep your children’s’ Vitamin C levels high. Don’t overcook your veggies, though – lightly cooked vegetables retain a higher proportion of their nutrients.

In addition to the nutritious food on your table, a good winter routine can also include specific supplementation. In recent years, we’ve become more aware of how probiotic supplements can aid a young person’s immune system health. Probiotics can help maintain healthy immune function in many ways, not least by supporting the health of the microbiome, the complex living ecosystem inside our bodies. Life-Space now offers the Children Immune Support Probiotic, which contains the scientifically researched strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. This strain can help reduce the incidence of mild upper respiratory tract infections such as the common cold.

A little sunshine

In summer, it can be tricky to avoid the Aussie sun, but in winter it’s important to maximise your child’s exposure to sunlight. A winter spent indoors can reduce Vitamin D production, and Vitamin D supports your child’s immune system health. Encourage your child to make the most of those rare sunny days. Perhaps even consider a picnic, as foods such as tuna, mackerel, salmon and dairy foods may help offset this decline in Vitamin D. For additional support, Life-Space Children Immune Support Probiotic contains Vitamin D to contribute to your child’s vitamin intake through the darker winter months.

Good sleep

A good night’s sleep is important in maintaining a healthy immune system, and the key here is to develop a good sleep routine. Encourage your child to get up at the same time every day. Avoid exposure to digital devices in the evening. If your child is a poor sleeper, a bit of sunlight early in the day can also help in establishing good sleep patterns.

Stay active

Regular exercise is a useful way to encourage a healthy immune system, but it can be harder to motivate your child to get out of the house when the temperature starts dipping. Getting kids involved in winter sports is an excellent way to keep them fit and active. Why not get into the habit of taking a daily walk together? Even if you’re just strolling with the dog or throwing a ball in the park, a moderate amount of daily exercise beats a once-a-week sprint (and your child isn’t the only one who benefits). Daily exercise is a great chance to play and bond with your child while keeping yourself active.

Have fun

This one’s obvious, but it’s oh so important. Have fun with your child. Fill your home with laughter and love – positive emotions have a profound impact on supporting a healthy immune system!

Supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Always read the label, use only as directed.

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