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Back To School- How to Build Your Child’s Immunity To Prevent Sickness

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It’s that time of the year again that many parents all over the country celebrate- Back To School.
The new school clothes, book bags, lunch box, school supplies, and let’s not forget the Back To School Sickness.

Every year we enjoyed a sick-free summer. No doctors offices, no medicines, just the great outdoors and the Summer sun.

But as soon as those school bells rang, we were in the doctor’s office within the first month- along with every other child from school.

Try some of these all-natural, preventative measures to help build your child’s immunity to prevent back-to-school-sickness.

Back To School- How to Build Your Child's Immunity To Prevent Sickness


Have a Playdate- or Two To Build Your Child’s Immunity

One of the best ways to build your child’s immune system is to expose him/her to germs. Yes, germs.

If your family has been isolated from hundreds of school-aged children all Summer, now is the time to get exposed to other children.

Go to the park, have play-dates, visit children museum’s, go wherever mass amounts of children play to re-introduce public germs.

Keep in mind to follow all of the below suggestions to help prevent sickness.


Probiotics help build your child’s immune system by supporting gut-health.
My family and I take: Kombucha, fermented foods, yogurt and water kefir.

Not just for the health benefits, but we actually enjoy how they taste.

Dr Julie Duran, a naturopathic physician and expert in pediatric natural medicine states:

Probiotics are the friendly helpful bacteria that naturally occur in our guts. They protect our digestive tracts, help us to digest food, assist in toxin clearance, and shield us from invading bacteria and viruses. When this bacterial balance becomes disrupted in children, we can see changes in a child’s ability to fend off infections.

I recommend starting children on a probiotic supplement containing lactobacillus and bifidobacteria strains early on — between 5 and 20 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) per day depending on age.

How to make your own probiotics

Use Local Honey to Build Your Child’s Immunity

Local honey is honey that has been harvested within 100 miles of your home.

Local honey also contains trace amounts of  pollen that is indigenous to your area.
Therefore, helps your body develop an immunity to local allergy triggers.

Honey also has antibacterial properties which kill bad bacteria.

*Do not eat raw honey if you are pregnant, nursing, elderly, children under 2 yrs old, or those with a compromised immune system 

Another tip, if you plan to travel to an area during allergy season, order some local honey from there in advance to help prepare your body for it’s new environment.

Let’s Kids Play In The Dirt To Build Their Immunity

Dirt Therapy- it’s a real thing.

They’re beneficial microbes in dirt that help build your child’s immunity, so getting dirty is a good thing.

During summer vacation our children are running and playing outside all day.
They are soaking up the sun’s nourishing rays, getting dirty and plenty of exercise.
Then school starts and we keep them in a building for eight hours or more with florescent lights.
Only to come home and do homework until dark, eat dinner, go to bed- repeat.

Set some time each day after school to go outside and be in nature, even if it’s only 15 minutes.

Fire Cider To Build Immunity

Fire Cider has been used for decades to help prevent colds, the flu and boost immunity.
Although no scientific research has been performed on the drink itself, many studies have been documented on the individual ingredients supporting their health benefits.

Our family takes Fire Cider daily to help prevent sickness during prime cold and flu season.

FREE Fire Cider Recipe

By Rosemary Gladstar

Free Fire Cider Ingredients

  • ½ cup grated fresh horseradish root
  • One half cup or more fresh chopped onions
  • ¼ cup or more chopped garlic
  • One fourth cup or more grated ginger
  • Chopped fresh or dried cayenne pepper ‘to taste’. Can be whole or powdered.  ‘ To Taste’ means should be hot, but not so hot you can’t tolerate it.  Better to make it a little milder than to hot; you can always add more pepper later if necessary.
  • Optional ingredients; Turmeric, Echinacea, cinnamon, etc.


For directions to this recipe click here

Build Your Child’s Immunity By Getting Them Plenty of Rest

Sleep is a vital part of our health. Lack of sleep will lead to learning difficulties, behavioral problems and health issues.
Establish a set time each night, remove all electronics or other stimuli and create a relaxing environment for your child during bedtime.

“Children who aren’t getting the recommended amount of sleep have more difficulties with attention, with emotional control, with reasoning, with problem-solving, and also have behavioral problems,” lead author Dr. Elsie Taveras told Reuters Health.

How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, school-age children require no less than 8 hours of sleep.

AgeRecommendedMay be appropriateNot recommended


0-3 months


14 to 17 hours11 to 13 hours


18 to 19 hours

Less than 11 hours


More than 19 hours



4-11 months


12 to 15 hours10 to 11 hours


16 to 18 hours

Less than 10 hours


More than 18 hours



1-2 years


11 to 14 hours9 to 10 hours


15 to 16 hours

Less than 9 hours


More than 16 hours



3-5 years


10 to 13 hours8 to 9 hours


14 hours

Less than 8 hours


More than 14 hours

School-aged Children


6-13 years

9 to 11 hours7 to 8 hours


12 hours

Less than 7 hours


More than 12 hours



14-17 years

8 to 10 hours7 hours


11 hours

Less than 7 hours


More than 11 hours

Young Adults


18-25 years

7 to 9 hours6 hours


10 to 11 hours

Less than 6 hours


More than 11 hours

If your child has trouble sleeping, we have 7 effective natural sleep aids for you to try.

Start Children On A Schedule Now

Are your children going to bed whenever and getting up late all summer?

Our bodies thrive and excel on a schedule. If you’re waiting until the first day of school to start your new schedule, you are compromising their immune system. Not to mention adding to the chaos of a new school year.

Begin your school sleep schedule one week before school starts to get into the routine.

No Antibacterial Anything

In recent studies, Anti-Bacterial Soaps and Hand Sanitizers have been linked with the development of Super-Bugs.
Superbugs are a strain of bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotic drugs.

From the New York Post, Dr Gilbert Jack claims

The overuse of antibiotics and antiseptic cleaners is impacting our ability to maintain a balance of healthy microbes in our bodies and environments. Studies continue to prove that harmful species will exploit areas with too few good bacteria to fight back. Sterility should not be our goal.

If you would like to learn more about Superbugs, you can read this article on WedMD.

The best defense against germs and harmful bacteria is good hygiene and a strong and healthy immune system.  * see how to wash your hands below

Good Hygiene For A Strong Immunity: Wash, Remove, Repeat

As I mentioned above, the best defense against germs and harmful bacteria is good hygiene and a strong and healthy immune system.


Teach your child to wash their hands properly and often.

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) provides these steps to properly washing your hands

How to Wash Your Hands

Follow the five steps below to wash your hands the right way every time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

20 Second Song Tip- Have your child sing their ABC’s while washing their hands.


Have your child change their clothes as soon as they get home from school and remove any dirty gym clothes from their backpack to wash.

Clothes can harbor germs and bacteria. Removing, changing and washing infected clothes helps reduce the risk of getting sick.

10- Proper Nutrition and Vitamin D For A Healthy Immune System

Let’s face it, school lunches are horrible deplorable. And to be honest, the ones we pack don’t rank much better.
We are pressed for time and the quickest things to pack are generally processed foods.
Not to mention they are the only things our kids will actually eat, right?

But are we really doing ourselves or our children any favors?

According to the USDA, we are supposed to eat 5-13 servings of fruits and vegetables PER day! WOW!

The reason for this recommendation because the nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables are our building blocks for optimal health.

For better health, we should all avoid: sugars, died food, processed foods, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease. 1 teaspoon of sugar suppresses your child’s immune function by 50% for 24-48 hours.

100 Days Of Real Food has a huge menu selection of healthy recipes for all ages of children and all dietary restrictions. Click here to view their recipes

Make Sure to Get Plenty of Vitamin D

According to the US National Library of medicine, Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.

Adequate vitamin D helps prevent colds and depression.

So take your kids to go play outside and soak up those rays for 20 mins a day to help their bodies (and yours) produce the vitamin D it needs to stay healthy!

And lastly, even though the healthiest of people get sick, there are many preventative measures we can all take to help drastically reduce our chances.

Do you have any wellness tips to share?

Back To School- How To Build Your Child’s Immunity To Prevent Sickness

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Friday 5th of June 2020

I believe to these points! Great post!


Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Dear lady, you have created an amazing, informative and easy to navigate site. Thank you for all the knowledge you have shared.

Your time is a commodity that you can never get back and I do hope that everyone who visits your site is as grateful as I.

About this article, I've been making Fire Cider for 2 years. I needed to boost my immune system after a serious accident that required multiple titanium implants and lots of antibiotics to prevent infection. As you know the antibiotics destroy our bodies natural resistant germs.

Well, with a sip every day of Fire Cider I've not had my usual bought of pneumonia and not as much as a sniffle. My husband hates spicy flavors and said he prefer to die of the plague that drink my Fire Cider. THANK YOU for sharing so many helpful remedies and tips.


Wednesday 1st of May 2019

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