One of the most important things to ensure that your children have strong immune systems is outdoor physical activity. Today, it is very easy to keep children occupied for long hours by sitting them down in front of the computer or television, especially on cold and rainy winter days.
However, in the cool season, it is important to let them go outside even for a short time. This activity will strengthen their immune system, help them stay fit, and give them the opportunity to get some fresh air after spending most of the day holed up indoors.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.