5 Simple ways to Keep kids healthy this school year

Being a mom of 3 yr old twin boys, I have my hands full. So to make things a little easy for me, I try to build their defenses against common childhood illnesses like ear infections and colds. Germs are everywhere and being exposed to them is a natural part of life, and ofcourse, it’s not possible to ‘germ proof’ your child. 
 A healthy diet and and lifestyle can help kids avoid getting sick every now and then. Here are a few things which may help boost a child’s immunity.

1.Focus on Veggies and Fruits. Yes, we’ve all heard it a thousand times, but it’s worth repeating. Have your kids eat lots of green leafy vegetables, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower. You can hide them in Pizzas or puree them in the pasta sauce. Or make veggie wraps with rotis, or tortillas.
2.Beware of High fructose Corn Syrup. Check food labels for this hidden ingredient in soups, cookies, breads, crackers, and almost every food item sold in America. It is genetically modified and is a major cause of diabetes in children.
3.Try to go Organic and All Natural as much as possible. Especially when buying milk and meat products, make sure that the cows have not been treated with synthetic growth hormones to produce more milk, which I heard ,makes kids reach puberty earlier, and can cause cancer.
4.Push the Probiotics. These friendly bacteria help to regulate the immune function against diarrhea and respiratory infections. To get more probiotics into your child’s diet, start with yogurt, or whip up a delicious Lassi by adding some fresh fruits like mangoes, peach or berries.
5.Keep them Active.  I feel that kids these days are always doing indoor activities like sitting in front of the computer or the tv. And are missing out on outdoor activites like playing tag, hiking, cycling…what we did while growing up. And I guess, with our busy lifestyles it’s easy to forget the importance of outdoor activites. So make sure they go out and play.

These are just a few things which I feel are important for keeping kids healthy. Please feel free to add some more tips.

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14 Comments

  1. Khushi

    Wow! That is a great list. I need to start working on this too – the probiiotics one is specially important to me as I have not focused on it. And I have been missing out the active part. I keep feeling the babe will catch a cold if I do that! Thanks for great tips and welcome to the site!

  2. Anonymous

    Thanks,..Now that the boys have started preschool, I have some free time in the mornings and can start blogging again 😉

  3. Dora

    I like the list. I would add washing hands – sorry for being obvious 🙂 and also carrying baby wipes maybe in a ziploc in your purse. They are so effective for mom and baby in yucky situations which happen specially if your boys are playing outside. Twins! Wonderful! Looking forward to twin adventures.

  4. Yasmin

    Carrying baby wipes in the purse is an excellent idea!! I keep a first-aid box (with antiseptic creams, hand sanitizer, band aids) in our van.

  5. Pry

    This is a good list.. Welcome to the site!!

  6. Yasmin

    Thanks, everybody.

  7. Sands

    This is a wonderful list, thank you! Another thing to watch out for is juice. Everywhere you go , juice shows up for kids, its full of sugar and hasn’t got the healthiest part of fruit which is fibre! I am running out of ideas on how to keep my daughter away from it. Of course, everything in moderation works well.

  8. Yasmin

    Thanks Sands. I usually buy the ‘no sugar added’ juices for the boys. Even the ‘naked’ brand juices are good, they are just fresh pressed juices with fibre and no extra added sugar. Or maybe you can dilute the juice by adding water, if she drinks a lot of juice.

  9. Anonymous

    You know, this is for after they are a bit sick – or recovering. Since appetites are down at that time, I usually give an over the counter multivit for those days. It helps them recover faster I have noticed. Though I am not in favour of giving multivitamins daily otherwise.

  10. Tana

    Hi Yasmin,
    If you’re the same Yasmin I know from Delhi, then this is making me smile big! 🙂

  11. Anonymous

    Hi Tana,
    Yes, I am from Delhi,…But, I am wondering where I might have met you?..JNU,School/college?… (sorry about it)

  12. Tana

    Yes, JNU! I am the older Dattagupta daughter and your GBS schoolmate:-)

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