What can we do to protect our children from endless flow of germs and viruses they are exposed to everyday? Well getting sick as a kid is simply part of day to day life as we all enter the world with an immune system which is inexperienced to the outside world. But there are healthy habits that you can adopt or teach your child to boost their immune system.
1.Serve extra fruits and vegetables.
Carrots, oranges, strawberries: They all contain such immunity-boosting nutrients as vitamin C and carotenoids. Nutrients may increase the body's production of disease-fighting white blood cells , an antibody coating the cell surfaces, blocks out viruses. Studies show that a diet rich in nutrients also protect children against chronic diseases as cancer and heart disease in adulthood. Try to make your child to eat five servings of fruits and veggies everyday.
2.Boost sleep time.
Research on adults show that sleep deprivation can make you more prone to illness by limiting the amount of natural killer cells, the immune-system weapons attacking microbes and cancer cells. The same thing is relevant for children. Children going to daycare centers are particularly at risk of sleep deprivation because of all the activity they do there can make it difficult for them to take a nap. How much sleep do children need? A newborn baby may need up to 18 hours of sleep time a day, toddlers need to sleep 12 to 13 hours, and kindergartener need about 10 hours. If your child isn’t able to take naps during the day, try to put them to bed earlier.
3.Exercise like a family.
Studies show that exercise increase the amount of natural killer cells in adults—and a regular activity like running, exercising , etc. can benefit a kid same way. To get your kid into a everyday fitness habit, be a better role model. Exercise with them rather than just tell them to go outside and play or try and play with them . Fun family activities include bike riding, hiking, in-line skating, basketball, and tennis increases family bonding and is also good for their health.
4.Don't pressure your pediatrician.
Urging your pediatrician or doctor to write a prescription for antibiotics whenever your children get a cold, flu, or sore throat is a very bad idea. Antibiotics treat only illness caused by bacteria, but the majority of illnesses in childhoods are caused by viruses or infections. Studies however show, that many pediatricians prescribe antibiotics reluctantly at the urging of parents who mistakenly think it won’t hurt. In fact, sometimes it does. Strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have increased as a result, and a simple ear infection is very difficult to cure if it's caused by stubborn bacteria that doesn’t respond to standard treatments. Whenever your child's pediatrician wants to prescribe an antibiotic for your child, make sure he/she isn't prescribing it only because she thinks you want it.