Protecting your kids from the pesky cold and flu season this autumn
October 2, 2019
October 2, 2019
Autumn signifies an exciting back-to-school buzz, a crisp change in the weather from sunshine to showers but also, unfortunately, that dreaded cold and flu season. Kids are particularly susceptible to these seasonal illnesses. Catching a cold or flu can mean your child misses out on making memories and learning at school. It can also mean parents missing work. What can parents do to try to prevent this from happening?
Nutritious food, as well as a healthy lifestyle, is integral to boosting the body’s immune system. This is crucial in helping the body fight off infectious organisms and other invaders that ultimately cause a cold or flu. However, it is important to make healthy changes before being exposed to bugs and viruses. For children, this means getting a full and balanced diet each and every day and taking steps to protect your kids from cold weather bugs!
Ensuring children consistently have a full and balanced diet may seem daunting to many busy parents who are often tasked with doing a million different things at once. But this doesn’t have to mean buying tons of expensive dietary supplements. In fact, it has been said that food and drinks are better than dietary supplements for the prevention of colds and flu because you get the whole nutritional package.
Think about including fruits and vegetables with every meal, popping an orange into their schoolbag for a break-time snack and packing a stew with finely chopped veg for those fussy eaters. Cow’s milk is also a vital source of essential nutrients including calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, and vitamin B12, as well as smaller amounts of vitamin B6, Vitamin C, A, D and E.
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