It’s stressful being a teenager. Not only are they undergoing a growth spurt and unprecedented hormone activity, but today’s digital world leaves many of them sleep-deprived and strung out.
Viruses often spread like wildfire among teenagers, for the same reasons as younger kids, but also because they’re starting to experiment with kissing.
Stress the importance of a good night’s sleep. One US study found that people who averaged less than seven hours of sleep were three times more likely to catch a cold than those who got more than eight hours.
Take zinc. Teens have low levels of zinc, a mineral essential for the immune system and hormone regulation. A supplement may be warranted.
Don't kiss more than one partner at a time. Not only might your teen get a cold, he or she could also catch more serious viruses that lead to glandular fever or meningitis.
Avoid taking on too much – stress is a major cause of a depressed immunity.
Wash hands regularly; don’t share drinking bottles.
Get a flu shot.