Immunity for children2021.12.11 -
Hopping, running, playing, jumping, climbing – equipped with lots of energy and few worries, children are bold explorers of the world around them. However, their immune systems can be challenged. In fact, their immunity is not fully developed until they are around 10 years old!
But don’t fret, there are ways to support your child’s immune system that can help them continue enjoying what kids do best! Here are our four tips on how you can support your kid’s immunity.
1. Ensure their immune system
Over the last year, even adults got tired of all the hand-washing reminders, but keeping your hands clean is indeed super-effective.
Encourage your kids to wash their hands after playing outside, touching pets, blowing their noses, and before and after each meal. To make handwashing more fun, let them pick their own colourful towels and soaps with fun shapes and scents.
2. Enrich their menus with healthy foods
Another part of building up a strong immunity is proper nutrition. Carrots, green beans and oranges are rich in immunity-boosting phytonutrients called carotenoids. Yoghurt is also a good snack with healthy proteins and it can be mixed with nutritious fruits, oats or nuts. Choose plain instead of flavoured yoghurt to avoid added sugars.
When browsing through the vegetable section, don’t forget to add bell peppers to your cart as they are rich in vitamin C . Broccolis are, of course, nutritional powerhouses as well, together with spinach and asparagus. They boost immunity as they are sources of vitamins A, C and E, as well as antioxidants.
3. Allow them to get enough rest
Sleep is crucial for a resilient immune system. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lower the immune response and reduce the production of natural killer cells that fight against viruses and bacteria. So, ensure that your kid is getting the right amount of sleep for their age:
- Infants (4–12 months): 12–16 hours
- Toddlers (1–2 years): 11–14 hours
- Children (3–5 years): 10–13 hours
- Children (6–12 years): 9–12 hours
- Teenagers (13–18 years): 8–10 hours
4. Support their diet with food supplements
Getting cold and wet while exploring the world is a normal part of growing up, and important for your kids’ development. You can help them do what kids do best by supporting their immune system with a daily supplement they will enjoy taking with Nutrilite™ Kids Immunity Support* Plus:
- Supports children’s immune system with Vitamin D, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system in children.
- Great 4-in-1 product, which combines Vitamin D with Vitamin C, Zinc and lactic acid producing bacteria.
- Fast melting powder in convenient stick packs which can be put directly on the tongue.
- Fun and tasty – the powder has a yummy taste and leaves a fun, cooling sensation on the tongue.
The yummy, sweet taste of Nutrilite™ Kids Immunity Support* Plus is loved by kids. The powder is stored in small sachets that are easy to keep on hand at home and on the go. You will feel confident in your kids’ well-being throughout the year by supporting their immunity.