Prevention is the Cure: How to make sure your kids get an A+ in Immune health

Article by Helene Wechsler, MD and Michelle Simon, PhD, ND for

My two sons are now grown, but I fondly remember the “back to school” days when we went to the store to get a long list of supplies and new clothes. I also remember dreading the seemingly endless array of germs that they would be exposed to every day, and often bring home.

Our immune system is amazingly complex. When working properly, it identifies and attacks foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. However, our children enter the world with an inexperienced immune system and, over time, build up their immunity by fighting these germs. Most pediatricians consider it normal for elementary school-age children to have six to eight colds a year.

A poor diet, chronic stress, and not getting enough sleep or exercise can result in a weakened immune system. Here are some tips I picked up along the way in an attempt to keep my children healthy.

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