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How To Keep Your Baby's Immunity Strong During Summer Travel


Keep a check on baby's immunity even on summer!

It is a common misconception that the warm temperatures of summer helps stave off illnesses. However, there are various viruses around in the summer months. It is also a time when foodborne illnesses are more common, as the warm temperatures help bacteria thrive. Because routines generally change during the summer months, especially with travel, sometimes a child's immune system is not as strong as it should be to be able to fight off any viruses or bacteria that may be in the environment. Fortunately, there are things you can do as a parent to improve immune support for babies and children.

What Happens to Your Child's Immunity During Summer

During the summer months, many children spend more time outdoors. There are more family vacations that involve travel and disrupted sleep schedules. The longer days also mean that kids may not go to bed as early, which is when their bodies heal and strengthen.

Because of these changes, some children's immunity will weaken, despite the nicer weather and fresh air. Along with certain illnesses, there are also allergies that cause a variety of symptoms to susceptible individuals. To counteract the immune suppressers that may spring up over the summer, there are some things that help boost immunity. 

Vitamins & Supplements for Summer Travel

Different eating habits are also common during the summer, as travel makes it more difficult to eat healthy foods. A simple way to get the vitamins and nutrients babies need is to bring along a newborn starter bundle. Liquid supplements make it easy to add immune boosters to water and breastmilk.

Vitamins and supplements are also easy to pack for children. There are tasty chewables and gummies available in a variety of fun flavors. However, look for ones that do not contain too much sugar and are free from artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. It is also best if you can find organic options, as they are much better for growing bodies.

Additional Ways to Boost Immunity During the Summer

Vitamins and supplements help when travel and other factors make it hard to get the essential nutrients for immune support. However, there are other things that are readily available during the summer.

Arguably, the best immune booster for babies and kids during the summer is the sun. It is the best source of vitamin D, which is essential for a strong immune system. Spending time at the pool or beach is common during the summer, so it is easy to access. However, sunscreen prohibits vitamin D production, so make sure the young ones get a little sun exposure (10 to 15 minutes) before applying a natural sunblock.

Summer is also the best time to get your hands on a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruit, which are loaded with various nutrients. When traveling, stop by a local farmers market or bring fruit along for a snack on the plane.

Try to stay on a regular sleep schedule as much as possible, as this will help keep your babies and children well. Summer travel can be a great time for families, especially if you keep everyone's immune system strong.