dreamstime_4850780With the cold weather quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to start boosting your child’s immune system.

The weather is starting to change, and that means that cold and flu season will be here before we know it. No parent wants their child to get sick, and while there is no real way to ensure that your child won’t get sick, there are many things you can do to boost their immune system. The following is a list from our day care in Trumbull of a few things you can do to boost your child’s immune system:

#1. Serve lots of colorful fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and veggies may not be your child’s favorite thing to eat, but they are an essential part of a healthy diet. Green beans, strawberries, carrots and oranges are all good sources of carotenoids and Vitamin-C, which are proven immune system boosters. Shoot for five servings of vegetables and fruit every day. Keep in mind that, for a toddler, a serving size is approximately two tablespoons.

#2. Make sure that your child gets plenty of sleep.

When your child doesn’t get enough sleep, it puts a lot of stress on their body, which will lower their immune system’s ability to fight off illness. Most toddlers need between twelve and thirteen hours of sleep, and most preschoolers should get about ten hours of sleep.

These are just a couple of the many things you can do to boost your child’s immune system and keep them healthy. Would you like to learn more? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.