Children are different from adults in many ways. One of these is that they have not yet developed their immune system and this is the reason why they are given essential vaccines at an early age.
The best way to prevent your child from getting sick is to build up their immune system. Their immune system is their shield against sickness and diseases.
“How do I boost my child’s immune system?” Another thing that you can do is to teach your child the importance of proper hygiene because most kids love to play outside and that makes them an easy target for bacteria and other types of germs to attack them. (read about Good Hygiene For Children here)
Things you can do:
The excessive intake of sweets can weaken the child’s immune system. Only 100 grams of sugar per day will make white blood cells less capable of destroying disease-related agents
Oily foods will also weaken the little one’s immunity. The intake of fast foods and oily foods can lead to the accumulation of excess weight. Obesity affects the immune response
You can teach them the importance of eating healthy. Show them the right foods that they must eat in order to grow healthy and fit and most of all, teach them to stay away from junk food and other foods that have no nutritional value.
Fruit & Vegetables
Teach your children to love fruits and green and leafy vegetables. Including fruits and vegetables in their diet will help them grow with strong bones and muscles. The vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetable will reduce your children’s risk of becoming obese, If your child eats a broad range of plant-based natural foods you will be given his or her immune system a healthy boost.
Sleep is also a major factor when it comes to strengthening your child’s immune system. Make sure that they get at least eight hours of quality sleep each night. Studies have proven that lack of sleep in both adults and children has been linked to a number of health problems. If your child does not get enough sleep, Children aged 1 to 3 need 11 to 12 hours of sleep per night and an afternoon nap lasting one or two hours. Children that are 3-year old or older need 11 to 12 hours of sleep per night.
Exercise as a family
Scientific studies prove that regular exercise increases the amount of natural disease fighting cells in children (also in adults) whilst also maintaining the body’s fitness which naturally keeps your child’s body less susceptible to infections.