The 11 Best Foods For Boosting Your Toddler's Immune System

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As parents, the last thing we want on our hands is a sick kiddo. Nothing is more undesirable than seeing your little one fighting a cold (or worse). We try and get our children to habitually wash their hands, sneeze in their elbows, and keep their fingers out of their mouth (or nose). But kids will be kids, and they have a knack for picking up bugs and germs wherever they go.

As a registered dietitian and mother, I personally try and make sure my daughter eats certain foods to support her immune system. While I know that no food will prevent a viral infection or the flu, certain nutrients found in various foods have been shown to help support a healthy immune system that may offer benefits like shortening the duration of an illness or lessening symptoms.

Along with adequate sleep, proper hygiene, regular exercise, stress management (toddlers can practice yoga, too!), and a good old boost of natural sunlight, here are some foods I encourage toddlers to eat that are developmentally appropriate and may help support a healthy immune system.

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