Whether your kids are starting their new school year with virtual learning or they’re physically going into a classroom, immunity is always a big concern for parents as cold and flu season looms ahead.

While there’s been attention given to the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) this year, there isn’t much kids can do to protect themselves beyond guidelines already set by CDC.

Children still need certain nutrients and vitamins to help boost their immune system either in the classroom or at home. Here’s some health tips for your children from Dr. Nivin Emam, Specialist Paediatrician at Mediclinic Al Sufouh.

Tips to increase children’s immunity:

  • Serve your children more fruits, green leafy vegetables, protein, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains
  • Encourage them to drink plenty of water
  • Allow them to sleep well
  • Follow the vaccination schedule
  • Create a healthy environment at home
  • Make sure they engage in regular exercise: “Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day, including daily aerobic – and activities that strengthen bones (like running or jumping) – 3 days each week, and that build muscles (like climbing or doing push-ups) – 3 days each week.” (CDC)

Advice for your little ones to help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Throw used tissues in the trash, remember to immediately wash your hands after blowing your nose.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands
  • Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose and mouth
  • Don’t share cups, eating utensils, food or drinks with others
  • Wear a face mask
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not readily available, sanitizing gel that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands
  • Social distancing

Healthier children means a better future. Stay safe.