Children getting sick is simply a part of their immunity’s learning curve. That’s why as parents you must find ways to boost your child’s immunity.
As heartbreaking as it is, every parent understands that colds and flu are a part and parcel of every child’s experience. It doesn’t help that we all enter the world with ‘novice’ immune systems that have to ‘learn on the job’. That is why the child’s immunity is becoming primed and better ‘experienced’ on handling future attacks every time he/she gets sick
Fortunately there are ways to boost your child’s immunity and reduce the frequency of sick days they experience:
1. Serve them lots of fruits and vegetables.
Carrots, oranges, green beans, and tomatoes contain immunity-boosting phytonutrients known as Carotenoids. Phytonutrients may increase the body’s production of infection-fighting white blood cells and interferon which block out viruses.
Studies show that diets that are rich in phytonutrients can also protect against such chronic diseases as cancer and heart disease in adulthood. Make fruits and vegetables a steady addition to your child’s plate.
2. Let them get adequate sleep time.
Lack of adequate sleep time can lower immunity by reducing natural killer cells and as a result leaves the body vulnerable to attacks. For kids, this could have severe consequences with irritability, increased stress, forgetfulness, difficulties with learning, and low motivation. Over time, it can contribute to anxiety and depression.
Children in daycare are particularly at risk for sleep deprivation because of too much activities. An infant may need up to 16 hours of crib time a day, toddlers require 11 to 14 hours, and preschoolers need 10 to 13 hours. “If your child can’t or won’t take naps during the day, try to put her to bed earlier,” says Dr. Kemper.
3. Give your child Milk.
Depending on your child’s age, give them age-appropriate milk. Milk is an excellent source of immunity-boosting vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Zinc, and thiamine (B1). It is also a good source of Magnesium, Potassium, B12, Calcium which are under-consumed by many populations and are lacking in many diets. If your child is an infant, breastfeed your baby. Breast milk contains immunity-enhancing antibodies and white blood cells. For an older child, a healthy amount of age-appropriate milk such as Peak 456 Growing Up milk supports the child’s developing immunity.
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