Sleep is the cure
Studies show that sleep deprivation makes you susceptible to illnesses as it weakens the immune system. The same holds true for children.
How much sleep do kids really need? Newborns may need up to 18 hours of crib time a day, toddlers require 12 to 13 hours, preschoolers need about 10 hours and primary-schoolers should sleep an average 9 to 10 hours a day. Adequate sleep not only boosts your child’s immunity but also supports healthy growth and development. Additionally, sleeping enough improves children’s memories and helps them organise their thoughts to work more efficiently both inside and outside school.
One way to help your child sleep better is to regulate their bedtime routine. Arrange a set of pre-bedtime activities for your child such as having a warm drink, taking a shower, listening to soothing music or reading a story. Set a fix time for bed to frame your child’s mind that it is time to sleep soon. When it is time for bed, turn off the lights, cool down the room and reduce loud noises to create the optimal sleep environment for your child.
A good night’s sleep will improve children’s immune system as well as their attention span. Your child will thank you in the future.
Breast feeding will give your child a head start as breast milk contains immunity-enhancing antibodies and white blood cells that are beneficial to your baby. These antibodies help your baby fight against infections such as diarrhea and respiratory diseases. Through your milk, your child will acquire the immunity which you have developed against certain illnesses.
In addition, human milk is a natural probiotic which encourages the growth of friendly bacterial in the gut of your baby. As compared to babies who are being fed formula milk, breastfed babies have healthier gut health and suffer less from diarrhea.
Boosting immunity is one of the many benefits breast feeding brings. It also improves nutrition and promotes the wellbeing of your child.
Get fit together
Research has shown that exercise increases the number of natural killer cells in adults – and regular activity can benefit kids in the same way. Keeping your children at home, fearing that they might catch the flu bug, will probably do more harm to their immune system.
Instead of visiting the malls, introduce fun outdoor activities such as playing basketball, cycling and roller blading. into family bonding sessions to your child to exercise. This expose your child to fresh air and improve the natural levels of Vitamin D, which can strengthen the body’s immune system.