With the changing weather, children become more prone to viral infections that lead to cold and flu.
Encourage exercise: According to studies, overweight babies get twice as many infections as lean babies. Exercise increases the White Blood Cells’ ability to fight off infection. So, encourage your kid to take up physical activities after school, be it, swimming, cycling or an hour of play in the building compound. The best way to get your kid to exercise is to join him/her yourself.
Provide healthy meals: Make sure that your child consumes sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables in his/her diet as they are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants — both of which are natural nutrients that boost immune system. Stock up on seasonal fruits like strawberries or opt for papaya, guava, blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli and sweet potatoes.
Reduce sugar intake: A high-sugar diet is known to weaken immunity and as a result, the body’s ability to fight against germs. According to studies, one teaspoon of sugar can depress the immune system for up to four hours. So, cut down on your child’s consumption of sweets as well as aerated beverages.
Insist on regular sleeping habits: If sleep deprivation can cause illnesses among adults, children are even more susceptible to diseases due to lack of sleep. So, tuck your child in bed early and ensure that he/she has a sound sleep. According to experts, pre-schoolers need about nine hours of sleep.
Maintain hygiene at home: Pay attention to your child’s habits at home. Make sure he/she washes hands before and after each meal as well as after returning from school or playing outside. If you head out with your kid, carry disposable wipes and a hand towel.