Immune Health

6 Tips to Keep Your Kids Thriving Through Winter

The winter season brings lots of precious memories of cozy moments snuggled up on the couch, heartwarming meals and family time. However, for many parents, it can be a challenging time while the winter illnesses make their rounds.

But fear not! We have six simple tips to naturally support your kids' immune systems and keep them thriving throughout the winter season.


1. Eat the Rainbow to Boost Immunity

You've probably heard the saying 'eat the rainbow,' and for good reason! During winter, it's important to encourage little ones to enjoy a variety of nutrient-dense foods. Think colourful, in-season fruits and veggies, lean proteins, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. These superfoods are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are vital for their growing immune systems. Involve them while creating healthy meals such as, porridge topped with their favourite fruits and a delicious smoothie their favourite colour! 


2. Embrace the Outdoors for Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known as the "sunshine vitamin," why? Because our bodies produce it in response to sunlight exposure. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in strengthening the immune system and adequate levels have been shown to improve immune response. Getting your little ones out in the fresh air for just 15 minutes a day can do wonders for their overall wellbeing (and yours!). This can be achieved through outdoor play, walks, or other activities. Not only will they benefit from vitamin D, but they'll also enjoy the fresh air and physical activity.


3. Supplement with Immune Supporting Herbals  

We get it, it's not always easy to ensure your kids get all the right nutrients from their meals alone. That's where our secret weapon comes in handy: Harker Herbals Children's Immune Build! This everyday syrup supports their healthy immune systems and energy levels. Not only does it keep children feeling their best, but it's also perfect for those prone to repeated illness and tastes delicious. Trust us, they'll be begging for more with every lick of the spoon!

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4. Prioritise Restful Sleep

We all know the magic of a good night's sleep, especially during winter! When our little ones are tired and rundown, their immune systems take a hit, leaving them vulnerable to colds and viruses. Establishing a bedtime routine and encouraging them to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day can do wonders for their overall health. It's a simple trick that helps regulate their internal body clock, and hey, happy children mean happy parents too! If your child needs a little extra relaxation before bed, try adding Harker Herbals Calm and Sleep to their night-time routine for added relaxation.


5. Wash, Wash, Wash Those Hands!

Okay, we know this one may sound obvious, but it's worth mentioning! Regular hand washing is key to keeping those pesky germs away. It's a habit that minimises the spread of nasty bugs and helps keep your family healthy. Teach your children to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently—after coming home from school, before meals, after using the bathroom, blowing their nose, and playing outside. And don't forget to pack a natural hand sanitizer for those on-the-go moments when a sink isn't within reach. Stay clean and germ-free for a happier immune system!


6. Air the Home


Give your home a breath of fresh air! Open the windows for a few minutes each day to let the crisp breeze circulate through your living spaces. It's a simple trick that keeps bacteria and viruses from lingering around.

Want to take it up a notch? Consider using an essential oil diffuser and some air purifying oil blends to fill your home with the benefits of aromatherapy. It's like a spa day for your senses! 

Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.