1. Serve your toddler more fruit and vegetables
It's not rocket science that fruit and vegetables help support your little one's immune system. Especially in the cooler months, make sure you incorporate fruit and vegetables into every meal. Blend a strawberry and natural yogurt smoothie for breakfast, chop up some carrots and cucumber for lunch along side a sandwich, and serve blueberries for desert after a nutrition-rich bowl of soup or spaghetti bolognese with lots of veg.
2. Boost your toddler's sleep time
Allowing your toddler to rest gives their body the chance to recharge and operate at optimum levels. Ensure they get a full night's rest every night, let them take naps during the day if they still need them, and ensure they have equal periods of high activity and rest (down-time) throughout the day.
3. Exercise as a family
Keeping your toddler active helps boost their immune system, keeping them healthy throughout the winter months. Choose family-friendly activities such as bike riding, ball sports or walking to keep your toddler moving throughout the day. When exercising outside, ensure they are wearing suitable outdoor toddler shoes such as Attipas to protect their feet and encourage correct walking habits.
4. Guard your home against germ spread
Guard your family home against the spread of germs by creating healthy habits. Ensure all family members wash their hands each time they enter the house, before and after meals and periodically throughout the day. Keep family members separated if they are ill to avoid germ spread. Use antibacterial surface sprays on areas that are touched frequently and allow air to circulate readily in your home to kill any nasty bugs.
5. Banish second-hand smoke from your home
Second-hand smoke is known to cause respiratory issues, and babies and toddlers are particularly at risk if exposed. Smoke can affect a baby's breathing and heart rate, which can put the baby at a higher risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy. Babies and toddlers can also experience frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, and ear infections if exposed to smoke, so ditch the cigarettes now.
6. Make sure they get their vitamins
Give your toddler a high quality multi-vitamin each day to boost their overall immune health. There are many readily available from supermarket shelves. Vitamin D is also an essential immune system booster and associated with over 150 metabolic processes in the human body, so also opt for Vitamin D drops specifically for toddlers.
7. Keep their feet covered inside and out
Make sure your toddler is wearing high quality shoes in winter, both when inside as well as out, to protect their feet and reduce the loss of body heat. Toddlers lose body heat through their feet which may cause their temperate to fluctuate. When fluctuation occurs, it compromises their immune system, exposing them to nasty bugs. Consider transitioning from bed socks at night to comfortable shoe-socks during the day, such as Attipas.