5 Tips to Keep Child Safe from Sickness This Season
Created by Ankita A Talwar Updated on Apr 19, 2019
The change of season brings an onset of cold, flu, cough, and runny noses for the children. Their immunity system is still delicate and any exposure to a child in the class, park, a maid at home, driver in the car, or a parent can make them susceptible to infection. We bring you 5-quick tips to keep your child safe this season.
5 Tips to Keep Child Safe from Sickness
The change of season can cause children to fall sick frequently from cold, cough and other infections. We bring to you 5 simple ways to keep the immunity ticking. Read here.
- Amp up the Diet: Add more fruit and vegetables in children’s diet—the more colorful, the better it is for their health and more appetizing for them. Each product has its own nutrients, so the more variety children eat, the greater the benefits they will get. Citrus fruits, nuts, whole grains, dahi, beans—balance out these food groups in the diet.
- Get them Enough Sleep: The weather can be quite tempting to keep children awake, but lack of sleep also reduces body’s response to infection (according to a study published in the Seminars in Clinican Neuropsychiatry). Ensure they get their required dose of sleep, however pleasant the afternoon or the night moon might be. [Read - 5 Easy Tips to Ensure Child Sleeps Well]
- Get Enough Exercise: This may sound contradictory to point 2, but it is also essential for children to have enough run outdoors or indulge in an outdoor sport to boost immunity. Outdoor activity strengthens the immune response of the child and reduces stress. According to the National Institute of Health, pent up stress in the body can spike hormones such as cortisol which in turn lower the infection-fighting capacity of the body. Balance play with rest and stow away the I-pads and the smartphones.
- Supplement Diet: Supplement the child’s diet with an immunity-boosting herb such as Tulsi. Boil tulsi leaves down and gives it to the child to drink morning and evening. You can also check with the pediatrician for an immunity-building syrup or a multi-vitamin for the child.
- Be happy, keep happy: This one is a no-brainer! A happy child is a healthy child. Have fun with your child—play together, dance together, or just roll on the bed with him. Don’t stress the child or yourself out with a poor grade or a performance at school. These extra few laughs will go miles in keeping the immune system ticking.
Happ Parenting always!