Today I am sharing my favorite immune boosters for kids that we use to keep our kids happy and healthy. Whether it’s going back to school or cold & flu season, having sick kiddos is no fun! Give their little bodies a fighting chance with these tips to keep their immune systems strong!
It is practically torture to see your joyful and energetic child sick and miserable. Add on the stress of missing work, urgent care visits and prescription costs –UGH!
The importance of immune support for kids:
Last year I switched jobs and as a newbie it was VERY difficult to miss any days.
With children in preschool and elementary school it was virtually impossible to imagine that we could avoid getting sick, but we did!
We relied on frequent handwashing and products that are known to strengthen the immune system to keep our family healthy.
If you want your kids to stay healthy and sail through “sick season” stress free be sure to stock your medicine cabinet with these products now.
My favorite immune boosters for kids:
Black Elderberry Gummies
When you notice your child is not quite themselves you need to act fast.
This product has worked great in our household to prevent serious illness and improve symptoms quickly.
Elderberry is one of the top antiviral herbs on the planet.
If you start using it within the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms, it has been found to reduce the duration of the flu by four days. That means you get your healthy kiddo back sooner and less stress and worry for mama.
The reasons I suggest these over other elderberry products are
- Kids love gummies and these have a pleasant taste.
- Many elderberry products are recommended for ages 12 and up. These gummies can be used by children as young as 4 meaning your preschooler is good to go!
You can also use Black Elderberry to boost the immune system. So, if you are sending them to school and you know the classroom is full little sickies you can give them Black Elderberry and it could prevent them from getting sick in the first place.
There are also lozenges available.
Handzies: Soap & Water Wipes
I have a bachelors degree in Microbiology. That means I spent four years of my life studying bacteria and viruses.
In every course I took it was clearly explained that the best way to prevent illness is to wash your hands.
Unfortunately kids are crappy hand washers. Especially when they are unsupervised, like at school.
Did you know that hand sanitizer doesn’t work on dirty hands AND it actually kills the “good bacteria” on your hands that help you from getting sick in the first place?
This means you really don’t want your kids constantly relying on hand sanitizer.
These hand wipes are great because they avoid the antibiotics and chemicals found in most sanitizers.
Instead they are just soap, water, and essential oils. I put one in a baggie in my kiddos lunches and they clean their hands before they eat and toss them with their lunches. Voila’ germs be gone!
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Immune Boost Essential Oil Roller
They work extremely well and I can have them at my house in 2 days with Amazon Prime.
The pre-diluted Kid Safe line is my absolute go-to! This Wellness Sampler Set has everything you need to prevent the cold and flu.
It includes Germ Destroyer, Immune Boom, and Sniffle Stopper.
Vital-Vits Immune System Booster for Kids
All-natural children’s liquid vitamins that are sugar-free, nut-free and gluten-free.
Contains key ingredients like Organic Fenugreek Seed, Organic Elderberry and Organic Raspberry Leaf to keep their immune system strong.
Emergen-C Kidz Vitamin C
Good ol’ Vitamin C is a staple in family medicine cabinets.
This fizzy effervescent drinkable version makes the process super fun for kids.
Each packet provides 250 mg of Vitamin C, B Vitamins, and electrolytes to help your kiddos immune system fight off those yucky germs.
We have tried all of the flavors and my kids prefer the fruit punch flavor.
Super bonus – our little neighbor girl came over and wanted to try some, but she is not able to have any synthetic dyes. Since this product is pretty inexpensive I was very surprised to see that it was colored with beet juice!
Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut?
When probiotics (the good guys) are present, it’s harder for the bad guys to settle in.
Also the probiotics in most chewables, powders, and capsules cannot survive your child’s stomach acids to deliver any benefit.
However this brand is specially formulated so that 60% will reach deep into your child’s intestinal tract where they actually have an impact. They are also drama free and easy to swallow. The only sweetener used is stevia and they avoid artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners – just a slight natural orange taste.
We would love to hear from you! Do you have any go to immune boosting tips for kids? Comment below!
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