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Can Parents Help Prevent the Swine Flu? 10 Ways to Keep your Kid’s Health and Immune System Strong

We’ve all been listening to and reading the news about Swine Flu (especially if, like me, you live in Austin, just an hour from San Antonio, and bordering Mexico.) And , if you’re also like me, your instinct might be to take your child out of school and hibernate on a desert island until the scare has passed. Anything labeled ‘epidemic’ can be scary. And what might end up being some sick days and discomfort to us, can really hit our children’s immune systems hard. Before you head for that proverbial desert island, however, lets talk a little bit about Swine Flu, what it really is, and what it means to your child’s immune system.

Keeping Our Children Healthy This Summer

Summer is nearly upon us – and with it, a lot of changes, excitement, and challenges for our little (and too rapidly, I fear, not-so-little) ones. Some of the changes in temperature, activities, and schedule may be obvious to us as we transition our children into summer programs, take them on vacations, and spend more time outdoors – at the pools, playgrounds and outdoor events. Some of the changes may be less obvious to us – the dramatic changes our children’s bodies make when they move from the outdoors to highly air-conditioned indoor activities, the digestive changes their bodies make from season to season, the immune challenges their bodies may face when traveling.

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