How to support kids’ immune system health this winter

With life back to more normal and kids back mingling at school, there are smart steps you can take to keep your family well this winter.

For many families, winter can feel like an endless cycle of runny noses and other common cold symptoms as the usual lurgies do the rounds.

However, there are lots of healthy habits you can embrace to support immune system health.

1. Stack on the sleep

Just as with adults, sleep provides essential support to children’s immunity.

Work out how much sleep your child should be getting, make a schedule for sleep and daily activities and do your best to be consistent.

2. Exercise as a family

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be out with your kids breathing in the fresh air and taking a break from all of the recycled warm air inside.

Research shows that regular activity causes (positive) changes in antibodies and white blood cells, the body’s immune system cells.

3. Supercharge your kids’ diet

Serving up a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and nutrient-dense foods is a proven way to help support immunity.

Have fussy eaters? Try hiding some immune-boosting foods (think citrus fruits, greens, berries) in smoothies, baked dishes and family favourites like spag bol.

4. Include immune-supporting nutrients

Beyond wholefoods, there are some nutrients that can offer immune support.

These include antioxideants zinc and vitamin E as well as critical micronutrient vitamin C, well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system.

Getting top nutrients into your little ones

Kids can be fussy, which means the battle can be real when it comes to getting them on track with immune-supporting nutrients.

That’s where Pentavite’s new range of children’s gummies comes in.

They have different formulations to suit children’s needs, and contain no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners.

Pentavite Daily Immune Support Gummies contains a premium formula with vitamin C and zinc to support kids’ healthy immune system function, as well as natural elderberry, traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to reduce common cold symptoms.

Best of all, they come in a delicious natural berry flavour.

The range also includes Pentavite Daily Calcium + Vit D3 Gummies and Daily Multivitamin Kids Gummies, to support your children’s healthy growth and development all year round!

This post is brought to you by Pentavite’s Gummies range. Always read the label and follow the directions for use. Vitamins and minerals should not replace a balanced diet. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.