6 Secrets of Children Who Rarely Get Sick
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As change of seasons has been started, parents should be extra careful to take care the health of the family. Have you ever asked yourself when you see your neighbor’s kid seems rarely get sick? What’s the secret behind it?
Your little one, who is growing and developing, will be very active. He starts to explore. Starting from crawling, rolling on the floor, or playing while putting objects into his mouth. As he is getting older, there are more things that make him curious, igniting his desire to learn. Usually, a child’s illness is caused by viral or bacterial infection. Children from 0 to 2 years are vulnerable to it due to their immature immune system.
So, to keep the health of your child, Dads and Moms may incorporate some of these tips into your daily routine.
Make a healthy and balanced diet a habit
Provide food with lots of colorful vegetables and fruits. These will support your child’s immune system. Make sure he gets enough vitamin C (can be obtained from strawberries, broccoli, and oranges) and vitamin D (sources are tuna, fortified milk, and cereals). Eating yoghurt that contains probiotics (the ‘good’ bacteria) may also help creating a good body defense.
Encourage hand hygiene
Children should be taught to wash hands after every activity; after school, after play time, and before eating. This would be beneficial to prevent transmission of virus that cause respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases. The ideal handwashing duration is about 15 to 20 seconds.
Get enough sleep
Children should be encouraged to have a routine sleep schedule. Sleep deprivation will increase your child’s risk of getting flu for up to two-fold. Harley A. Rotbart, M.D., the writer of Germ Proof Your Kids: the Complete Guide to Protecting (Without Overprotecting) Your Family from Infections, said that babies need to sleep as much as 14 hours a day and children age 3 to 5 about 11 to 13 hours a day.
Encourage him to be physically active every day
Engaging in a routine physical activity will reduce the risk of flu for up to 25-50 percent annually. Physical exercise triggers circulation of body defense cells so that germs can be properly managed.
Keep your house well-ventilated
It turns out that the quality of inhaled air will affect the health of our body. Open all windows every morning and place some green plants inside the house to ensure maximum air circulation.
Make sure every corner of the house is clean
Since your little one would be at home most of the time, you need to regularly clean the house, especially bathroom and kitchen. Do not let pile of unused objects existed because it can only be a nest for germs.
A strong physical health is one important factor for a child’s growth and development. Make sure you, Dads and Moms, keep the health of your children by doing those tips above.