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5 Unique Tips To Help Keep Your Kids Healthy This Winter

People are much more likely to develop the common cold and flu during the winter. Children are even more susceptible to getting sick because they have weaker immune systems. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can keep your child from getting sick.

Early Bedtime

Children should go to bed at a reasonable time every night. Sleep is essential for fighting off viruses and infections. The time that a child should go to bed is dependent on their age. However, school-aged children need to get between 9 and 12 hours of sleep.

Give Them a Probiotic 

Probiotics support a healthy gut. Scientists have found that 70 to 80 percent of the immune tissue is inside of the gut. Therefore, if a child has a healthy gut, then they will have a healthy immune system. Probiotics are found in yogurt, pickled cucumbers and sauerkraut. You can also give your child a probiotic supplement. Many kids like little drinkable probiotic yogurt drinks like Yakult which are found in most grocery stores. They taste like a little nice treat, so they don’t even need to know it’s for health reasons.

Give Them Vitamin D 

Vitamin D levels drop during the winter months. This is one of the reasons that illness is more likely to occur during the winter. Studies have shown that vitamin D can reduce the risk of a cold. It can also reduce the severity of the common cold.

Limit Sugar Intake

Many children enjoy sugary treats during the winter months because of the holidays. However, there has been evidence to suggest that sugar can weaken the immune system. That is why it is important to limit your child’s sugar intake. Kids get less playtime outside in the winter, so a lack of sun and exercise may be a bad combo when combined with extra sugary holiday treats. Try adding fresh oranges and ginger to your holiday treat drink and meal options.

Regulate the Temperature in Your Home

According to, the ideal temperature for a home in the winter is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Children are more likely to get sick if the house is too cold. The air will likely dry out if the temperature is too cold. This will dry up the mucus. The body needs mucus to get rid of virus particles. If you have trouble keeping the temperature in your home at the right level, then you will need to call professional heating andair conditioner services. It’s hard to regulate their temperature when you can’t regulate the temperature in the house.

Children do have weaker immune systems, but there are ways that you can keep yourself healthy during this time of the year. You will need to regulate the temperature in your home. You will also need to give them probiotics and vitamin D. Limiting your child’s sugar intake can also boost their immune system. Additionally, it is important to make sure that your children go to bed early.

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