With many kids heading back to school, it’s the perfect time to think about boosting your child’s immune system.

Summer is almost over, which means that many children are starting school. Whether your child is starting kindergarten or they still attend our day care center in Newtown, your child is going to be exposed to lots of bacteria and germs from the kids around them. When your child is around other kids on a regular basis, it’s important to keep their immune system strong. The following is a list from our child care experts to help you boost your child’s immune system:

#1. Encourage your child to play outside.

As a nation, we’ve gotten extremely germophobic in the past few years. However, you need to know that not all germs are bad. In order to build up your child’s immune system, it needs to be exposed to plenty of germs, and encouraging your child to play outside is a great way to do just that.

#2. Include more fruits and veggies in their diet.

What do carrots, oranges, green beans and strawberries all have in common? They are all good sources of phytonutrients that boost immunity, such as carotenoids and vitamin C. Studies have shown that not only do phytonutrients boost immunity against common infections and viruses, it also protects against cancer and heart disease. Encourage your child to eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables every day.

#3. Get your child to bed earlier.

When your child is sleep deprived, it makes them more susceptible to illness because it reduces the immune system’s weapons. Toddlers need 12 to 14 hours of sleep on a daily basis, and preschoolers need 10, so make sure that your child is getting to bed early enough to get plenty of sleep.

Learn more tips for boosting your child’s immune system when you stay tuned for our next blog.