Top 3 suggestions on how to prepare your kids for the upcoming school year
It’s almost time for kids to get back to school, and you know what that means “germ” time.
Because many of our kids have been homeschooled, I expect lots of bugs going around.
So, it’s better to prepare yourself and your medicine cabinet for this cold/flu season.
I expect my kids to bring home lots of germs, so it is important to boost their immune systems before the school year begins.
I want to share with you my top 3 suggestions to prepare your kids for the upcoming school year.
#1 Build up your child’s immune system
My top suggestion on how to prepare your child for the upcoming school year is to start building up your child’s immune system by making dietary changes.
You can start decreasing the amount of sugar you are currently allowing your child to consume.
This will prevent suppression of your child’s immune system and allowing it to work more efficiently.
Start adding in foods that are known to have enhanced effects on the immune systems.
Foods high in vitamin A, C, and D would be a great start to implement in your child’s diet.
Here are a few foods you can add to your child’s diet that have immune-enhancing effects: Citrus Fruits, Garlic, Ginger, Yogurt, Organ Meats, Fermented vegetable, and Kefir.
#2 Make sure your child is getting back into a sleep routine
And my second top suggestion is to make sure your child is getting back into a sleep routine.
Most kids have been out of school this past summer and staying up pretty late.
Sleep is essential for your child, and you must start getting your child back on a sleep schedule.
Most children need anywhere from 10-14 hours of sleep, depending on their age.
I aim at the upper end with my kids to make sure they are well-rested and successful in school.
So, start getting your child into a sleep routine and stick to the routine every night.
It is crucial to get this in place a few weeks before school is back in session. So your child has time to adjust to the new schedule.
If your child is going to bed at 10:00 pm, two weeks before school. Push up sleep time by 15-30 minutes each night until your child is going to bed at the in which they will be allowed to get 10-14 hours of sleep.
My younger son goes to bed at around 7:30 pm each night, but my older son is allowed to stay until 8:30 pm since he is older and doesn’t require as much sleep as my younger son.
Every child is different, so select a time that works best for your child, based on the time you have to wake them up.
#3 Keep essential immune-boosting supplements on hand
The third top suggestion on preparing for the upcoming school year is to keep essential immune-boosting supplements on hand.
That’s why I encourage parents to focus on food first and then add in supplements if needed. I always keep on a few supplements that work well for my kid’s immune system during the school year. I will share a few of the supplements that I find to perform exceptionally well whenever my kids come home with sniffles.
These products are easy to use and amazing for kids. This company has an entire kids’ line of immune-boosting products. I love to use the immune-boosting spray for my kids because they are super easy to take. My kids have no problem with the products, and they taste amazing.
Note: These products are honey-based, so please ensure your child can tolerate honey before purchasing this. You can purchase Beekeeper products here.
I love to have liquid zinc on hand for cold/flu season. This product works so well and can be easily added to your child’s beverage. I sometimes have my kids swish this in their mouth like a mouthwash when they have a current infection.
Whenever my kids get a cold bug, I start using this daily until the cold has subsided. It is best to keep this in your cabinet to have it at the first sign of a call. Always take zinc after a full meal to prevent gastro discomfort.
If you forget this, your child might tell you that they have a tummy ache. It will subside, but it’s best not to take zinc on an empty stomach. I enjoy using this brand of liquid zinc because it can easily be added to any beverage.
This is another supplement that I always keep on hand during the school year to use for any virus that my kids may catch. This is a liquid version, so it is very easy for my kids to take.
If I hear any sniffles coming, then I start using this product in addition to the zinc, and it keeps symptoms mild.
Many times, my kids never end up with a full-blown cold if used early enough. It is important to not take this at the same time as the liquid zinc, space them out by taking it at different times.
As you can see, it is super important to be prepared and build up your child’s immune system to keep them healthy. With our kids being away from others over this past year, I suspect you will see your child come home with so many cold/flu bugs this year, so it is so important to be prepared.
I have provided you with some tools you can use to be equipped to handle this upcoming school year with ease. I find this liquid brand easier for many people to tolerate.
If you are looking for ways to improve your child’s diet and need help with lunch ideas, check out The Nutritional Spectrum Lunch guide. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to improve your child’s nutrition, starting with lunch.
You may also check out my favorite products that I currently use or used in my journey to improve my kids’ health.