Does your child seem to fall sick often? Children and toddlers are more susceptible to falling sick as they don’t have fully developed immune systems to protect them from minor illnesses such as the cough or flu. Here are five ways parents can help to boost your little one’s health!
#1 Include more fruits and vegetables
Does your little one have a sweet tooth? Pamper them with fruits like apple and strawberry for snacks – these fruits contain Vitamin A, which helps in building up their bones, skin and eyesight. Citrus fruits like orange are high in Vitamin C, which repairs red blood cells in the body while boosting bone development. Vegetables tend to be more challenging to introduce into children’s diets, but try leafy greens such as spinach – considered one of the healthiest vegetable due to its rich antioxidant content, reducing chronic diseases and decreased risk of cancer – or coloirful veggies like carrots, that are high in Vitamin A and good for the eyes.
#2 Get enough sleep
According to studies, being deprived from sleep reduces natural immune-system weapons that attack microbes and cancer cells, increasing both adult and children’s vulnerability to illness. The amount of sleep your child need varies according to age; a newborn needs up to 18 hours a day, toddlers require 12 to 13 hours, while preschoolers need about 10 hours. Even for older kids, the ideal bedtime should be no later than 10pm. Besides scheduling in extra nap time during the day for younger children, help your child get restful sleep by establishing firm sleep routines and reducing screen time in the hours leading up to bedtime.
#3 Opt to breastfeed
Breastfeeding is one of the ways you can naturally build your child’s immunity system to be stronger thanks to all the natural vitamins, protein and fat needed for your baby to grow. Not to mention the natural antibodies present which help to fight off viruses and harmful bacteria, while lowering the risk of asthma or allergies. Experts recommend breastfeeding for at least a year, but if that isn’t possible, breastfeeding bubba for at least the first two to three months will help supplement baby’s immunity.
#4 Get loads of exercise
Cultivating a healthy lifestyle starts from young. Put on your running shoes and bring your child for a short jog or let them run around at your neighbourhood playground and burn away excess energy. Running helps to build up their muscles and bones, especially the heart, which makes them less susceptible to heart diseases and lower blood pressure. There are also simple workout videos for children which they can do at home with you. Not only does exercising promotes a healthy lifestyle, it also fosters stronger bonds for the entire family!
#5 Introduce supplements
If your child is a picky eater, consider introducing multivitamin supplements in kid-friendly flavours such as blackcurrant, strawberry or orange. Not only do these multivitamins come in attractive packages which appeal to the kids, they contain many vitamins needed to make your child’s immunity system stronger. However, be sure that the multivitamins do not exceed the daily vitamin intake for your child’s age group by 100 per cent.