Even before COVID-19, back to school always meant back to bugs… colds, upset tummies, coughs and more. Obviously, immunity is on everyone’s minds more than ever before with COVID-19. As some kids head back to school part or full time, what can you do to boost your little ones’ immune systems?
First of all, parents and kids should be familiar with the latest COVID-19 guidelines. Here are the latest guidelines published by the CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US for preventing the spread in children:
and CDC’s general guidelines for schools:
After that, we fall back on the basics. First, hygiene. This is something you can start young and carry on through their teenage years. The most important basic hygiene practice is hand washing—with soap and warm water—before they eat and drink, and after using the bathroom. Practicing lathering and rinsing is just as important, as is drying with a clean towel or air drying.
It goes without saying during COVID-19, but also anytime, learning not to touch their face in public and in general will serve them well lifelong. If they must, wash hands first. This will help your teens with acne! If they touch their feet, handle things on the ground, or get dirty, it’s time to wash hands. Before, during, and after food preparation, wash hands. Handle a pet, treat a cut, and especially if you cough or sneeze—wash hands! Basically, hand washing should become a normal regular part of their daily habits.
Second, a healthy diet goes a long way towards keeping kids (and grown-ups) healthy and boosting immune systems. Kids tend to dislike many vegetables, but try to get as many fruits and veggies into their meals as you can. Fresh red and yellow bell pepper slices are sweet and tasty to most kids. Cucumbers are mild, and you can make broccoli fun by pretending to chop down the broccoli trees while you eat! Try blending veggies into a spaghetti sauce and add to lasagna or pasta. Nuts and fruits coated in yogurt can be good too, as they contain lots of zinc, an effective immunity booster. Early exposure to a wide range of different flavors and textures is said to help develop children’s taste buds, so don’t wait. Here are some kid-friendly veggie recipes you can try:
Third, get your kids on a regular bedtime routine. Tiredness and lack of sleep can really depress a young immune system. If they have a hard time falling asleep, try magnesium-rich foods, as magnesium balances hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain. Here are some lists of magnesium-rich foods:
Finally, if you really want self-care that you don’t have to do yourself! According to studies, massage therapy helps to effectively boost immunity. Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems noticed that massage appeared to boost their immunity. We don’t make claims about massage therapy’s effectiveness with COVID-19; the medical community is still learning. But massage therapy increases the activity level of white blood cells in your body. These cells work to combat viruses, and according to research from Cedars-Sinai, people who took part in a Swedish massage group noted significant changes in their lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell which helps to fight disease. If you’ve been looking for a reason to book a massage now that the school year has started back up, we’ve just given you one!
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