Its a tough time for parents to see their kids falling ill, often its a way kids develop immunity over fighting infections. Immunity can be defined as the body’s defense against infectious organisms. Children are exposed to dirt and germs and viruses every day. However neat and clean they are, the germs in the air are everywhere and their peers with runny noses and whooping cough and also recurrent Flus as well as adults who are prone to colds, coughs transfer them easily and which they contract even more easily if their immune system is weak.
Children who are born prematurely tend to have a very weak immune system. This makes them fall sick easily and they are prone to infections frequently. These children need to be breast fed to strengthen their immunity system. Experts say that the Colostrum or the thin yellow premilk that flows from the breasts during the first few days of delivery is rich in disease fighting antibodies. The child should be compulsorily breastfed at least for the first 3-4 months to avoid infection of any kind.
Include Fruits & Vegetables in your Diet
Children tend to eat a lot of sugar which is very bad for their immune system. Sugar infact suppresses immunity. Instead they should be given a lot of fruits which contains natural sugar. Vegetables like carrots, beans, and fruits like Oranges and Strawberries are said to strengthen the immune system. So it is very important to include a lot of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet.
Sleep is a very important factor in a child’s life. A newborn baby needs upto 18 hours of sleep in a day while toddlers require about 12-13 hours of Sleep. Pre-schoolers require atleast 10 hours of sleep. The Newborn baby still gets to sleep but toddlers and especially pre-schoolers do not get that kind of essential sleep. Early sleeping habits should be cultivated at an early age.
Children are normally used to the home environment. When they go to school for the first time, even though the teachers try their best to make them feel at home they are still stressed and uncomfortable for the first few weeks until they settle down. This is the time that parents should take utmost care of their little ones. Their Schedules also should be planned in such a way that they are not over stressed. The Children of today go for umpteen number of classes be it Grammar Class or Skating Class or Reading Class. They want rest. If they are out all the time it becomes very stressful for them. This weakens the immunity system and they are susceptible to infections easily. They should have plenty of time to unwind and relax.
Exercise is a very important part of the regime for both Parents as well as children. Research tells us that a number of natural killer cells are increased in the body if we exercise regularly and thus the immune system becomes stronger. Relaxation exercises , Deep breathing , Playing running games, Football, Basket ball, Bike riding , Tennis and many other outdoor activities will help them to build a good immune system.
Now a days Doctors recommend Probiotic supplements. Probiotics are the friendly bacteria which naturally occur in our guts. They are said to protect our digestive tracts and digest our food and also help in removing toxins from the body. Probiotic Supplements contain Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. SO if these are given to children by the doctors prescription, it will help protect immunity levels.
Children are always n their feet and feel hungry after a rigorous regime. Take advantage of this and give them healthy foods. There are many options available. Some of them are:
- Yoghurt – Yoghurt is said to lower risk of throat infections, ear infections & cold by nearly 19 %.
- Walnuts – They contain Omega -3 which helps cut a number of respiratory infections.
- Fruits and Vegetables – Citrus fruits and strawberries, Sweet Potato, Brocolli and Bell peppers helps avoid colds and flu. Go more for whole food rather than juices. An Orange is much better than an orange juice. An Orange juice contains Vitamin C . But a whole Orange contains more than that.
- Lean Meat – Lean Meat contains Zinc which help white blood cells to fight off infections. They also contain protein which is very important to maintain your strength.
SO be sure that you adhere to rules and regulations which you will definitely set after reading this.