Immune Support for Kids

Coughs, colds, upset tummies, and noses that are runny… there’s no way to escape common childhood illnesses. Your child’s immune system is constantly developing from the day they are born. While their immune system develops, it can feel like they’re coming down with every illness they encounter!  If you are currently struggling with a sick kiddo, please know you are far from alone. You did nothing wrong, and we are here to provide solutions! While you can’t eliminate common childhood illnesses from hitting your household (nor would you want to), there are ways to offer immune support for kids to help support their developing systems and reduce the frequency and severity when a cold or fever strikes.
Immune Support for Kids

Why Do Kids Get Sick So Often?​

That tiny little baby came into the world with a brand-new immune system. While your baby was in the womb, mom’s antibodies were passed to your baby to help keep illness at bay. But once your baby is born, it’s time for their own immune system to get to work. 

Each time your baby comes into contact with a virus, bacteria, or germ, they develop antibodies to protect them now and in the future. 

This is why you wouldn’t want to keep every germ away from your baby — as much as it pains you as a parent to see your child get sick, fighting these colds is helping their immune systems develop!

From birth until about seven years old, your child’s immune system is working hard to develop. This makes them more susceptible to catching common childhood illnesses. Many kids also start attending daycare or school during this time, exposing them to even more germs! At this age, they’re constantly putting their hands in their noses, mouths, and on their faces, spreading germs back and forth among their friends and schoolmates.

Immune Support for Kids​

While you want your child’s immune system to develop, watching them go from one illness to the next is exhausting—for kids and parents alike. Finding effective immune support for kids can help your little ones support their immune defense and reduce the frequency and severity of common childhood illnesses.

Best Immune Support for Kids

What are the best ways to offer additional support for your child’s developing immune system? Here are some of the best, most basic, easy-to-implement ways to offer immune support.

Hygiene

“Let’s wash our hands!” While it sounds simple, frequent hand washing is one of the easiest ways to help reduce the number of germs your child comes into contact with. It’s also a health-boosting habit you’ll want to start young. Work with your little ones to ensure they’re washing their hands with soap and water frequently, especially before they eat, when they return home from school or the playground, or when their little fingers start exploring their mouths and noses. 

Regular soap and water are all you need to provide immune support. Avoid antibacterial soap, which can contain concerning ingredients that may promote bacterial resistance and even alter hormones.

Nutrition

Did you know you can feed your child’s immune system? The food your child eats gets broken down into nutrients that affect the health and function of all of their cells, including their immune cells. Every bite of food they take becomes a part of their body! Certain nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, iron, and protein are superheroes for the immune system. 

These nutrients can be found in abundance in plant and animal foods! When your child eats a healthy, nutritious diet full of fruits, vegetables, and animal foods, they will naturally get a “dose” of nature’s nutrition to support their immune systems.

Immune-strengthening foods include:

      • colorful foods (think fruits and veggies)
      • fiber-rich foods (like beans, lentils, and veggies)
      • fermented foods (sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt) 

Immune-depleting foods to avoid include:

      • ultra-processed foods (think packaged foods)
      • additives (like flavors, fillers, and gums)
      • excessive sugar (kids over 2 should not have more than 25 grams of added sugar a day!)

Sleep

Sleep plays a protective role in your child’s immune system. This is why it seems like you catch a cold whenever you’re run down, overscheduled, or exhausted. Getting enough restful, restorative sleep is crucial for your child’s developing immune system. Prioritize sleep for your child. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule, and make sure they have a dark, quiet, comfortable room to sleep in. Create a bedtime ritual. This could include a warm bath before bed and some quiet reading or storytime together. 

Consider limiting screen time to two hours before bedtime, including TV. The blue light from phones, tables, and TV has been shown to reduce melatonin production and can disrupt a child’s sleep.

Do your best, mama. We know some seasons are harder than others to get our kiddos to sleep. You are doing an amazing job.

Stress

While our kids don’t stress about the same things we do, they can experience their own versions of stress and anxiety over the things they can’t control. Stress can negatively impact your child’s immune function, whether it’s a fear of the dark or monsters under the bed, anxiety about school, or a family issue. Stress can also negatively impact your child’s brain development as well, so it’s important to find ways to help your child deal with their stress in a positive way. 

Try to address stress by reducing screen time, getting more exercise and exposure to sunlight, sticking to a routine, playing with your child, or practicing breathing techniques together. Talk to a trusted medical professional if you need more help coming up with a plan to address childhood stress.

Immune Support Supplements: the 4H’s of Natural Medicines

Nature provided us with plant medicines that have been used for thousands of years to support immune health. We call these the 4H’s: home remedies, herbal remedies, health-food supplements, and homeopathy, which can offer children an additional layer of immune support. Elderberry syrup, echinacea, vitamins, probiotics, veggie powders, and other immune-supporting supplements can offer another layer of protection for your child.

Many parents are interested in using natural medicines with their kids, but they don’t know what to use or how to use them safely or effectively. This is where we can support you!

Join the Doctor Mom Membership community and learn how to use natural remedies to give kids fast relief when illness strikes and to support growing immune systems.

When Do Kids Stop Getting Sick All The Time?​

When your child is young and seems to be on a constant carousel of common childhood illnesses, it can feel like there will never be a break in the fevers, coughs, and runny noses. But there will come a time when constant illness becomes a distant memory. 

It’s common for toddlers and young children to get as many as 8 to 12 illnesses a year, but that frequency drops for school-aged children, who average 5 or 6 illnesses a year. Teens and adults may only get sick 2 to 3 times per year. So there is hope! There will be a day when illness doesn’t overwhelm the household!

For now, if you are looking for more support and ways to help your family through this very normal rollercoaster of illnesses — we have resources for you.

If you want to worry less when common childhood illnesses strike, understand how to ease symptoms rapidly at home with natural remedies and know when to call the doctor and when to treat your child at home, we invite you to join the Doctor Mom membership community! Join our village of empowered parents who are learning how to become calm, competent, and confident in the face of childhood illnesses.

You won’t only have less anxiety, but you’ll also have fewer sick days and less intense symptoms using our Doctor Mom holistic protocols.

Learn more about the Doctor Mom membership and get immediate access to protocols!