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How Eating Right Can Prevent the Cold and Flu in Children

Once summer comes to an end, school begins and lots of activities start up again. These are busy, fun days, except for when your child gets a cold or flu. It’s frustrating to deal with sickness in children, but there are things you can do to help lessen those sick days.

A great way to help fight off colds and the flu is by teaching children to eat healthily. With so many fast-food and on-the-go foods available, children miss out on important nutrients. Cereal may be a great substitute now and then; but it shouldn’t be the only thing your child comes to love.

Here are some foods that can boost your child’s immunity:

  • Yogurt. Because it’s rich in probiotic cultures, yogurt is essential for immune health. Probiotics help to fight off illnesses because they live where viruses reside.
  • Kiwi fruit. This fruit is full of Vitamins C and E which are powerful antioxidants. These also help to destroy the bad germs that find their way into our bodies.
  • Fruits. All fresh fruit should be on your child’s plate every day. Especially oranges and blueberries. And apples, too. They really do help to keep the doctor away!
  • Vegetables. Carrots and cucumbers are great immune boosters. All veggies play an important role in your child’s digestive health, so make sure they’re there.
  • Lean meats. Not all beef or meat is bad for children. Lean meats such as turkey burgers are a great substitute for chicken nuggets. Or try a ham and cheese rollup for something different.
  • Snacks. Yes, there are good snacks. Trail mixes or tortilla chips with a little avocado make delicious in-between food ideas.

Eating right will go a long way to preventing children from frequent illnesses. They probably won’t escape every sickness, that’s why it’s a good idea to know the flu symptoms in children and how to care for your child when they do catch a cold or flu.

You may already be very aware of just what to do should your child get sick. If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to give our North Phoenix pediatrics office a call. We are more than happy to help you with whatever question you have.

Kids are our life. Let us help you help them.

Posted in Blog on November 3rd, 2015