Oranges, lemons, strawberries and green leafy vegetables packed with vitamin C makes urine more acidic, which helps prevent bacteria from growing in the system. In addition, vitamin C helps cuts and wounds heal, boosts the immune system, helps your child’s gums stay healthy, keeps infections at bay and helps the body absorb iron from food sources.
A great rule for picking fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C is to choose ones that are brightly colored. Vitamin C is water soluble, so any excess is flushed from the body in your child’s urine but when consumed in excess can cause an upset stomach, nausea and diarrhea. Children ages 1 to 3 should not get more than 400 mg each day and children ages 4 to 8 should not get more than 650 mg a day.