How to Help Your Kids Beat Colds and The Flu

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Keep your kid healthy and happy, and minimise the occurrence of coughs, colds and the flu, naturally.

A strong immune system is what you should help them build as a defence against illnesses. It is the body’s protection against diseasecausing microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

It’s always worrying when your usually active child looks sluggish, they’ve come down with a cold or the flu, again. Even as they start feeling better, you’re anxious to reduce their number of sick days.

Signs of a weakened immune system may include allergic reactions, fatigue, an inability to focus, recurring infectionS such as ear infections and frequent cold or flu symptoms.

As pathogens are everywhere – from the home and playground, to their kindergarten or childcare centre – there is no way to germ-proof your kid. But if you boost her immunity, you can help her body fight off these pathogens naturally.

Strengthen Their system
Their immune system comes up against numerous challenges every day. Poor air quality, insufficient sleep, inadequate nutrition, and the excessive use of antibiotics and pharmaceutical products, all
contribute to weakening your child’s immunity. It doesn’t help, either, if their meals and snacks are loaded with artificial flavours and colours, preservatives, sugar and salt.

Exercise is a boon, but many children do not get enough of it these days, with outdoor play being replaced by tablets, smartphones and television. All these conditions and lifestyle habits make it difficult for your child to build a strong immune system.

Five Steps to improve Your Childs Immunity the Natural Way:

Make sure they gets enough sleep. Quality sleep is essential because our cells rebuild and regenerate while we sleep. This is how much sleep children of different ages need (including naps). Infants up to 1 year old need up to 16 hours of sleep per day. Children between 3 and 6 yarold need about 10 to 12 hours. 6 to 12 year olds need about 10 hours. 12 to 18 yearolds need 8 or 9 hours/ Remind them to drink enough water during the day Water performs very important functions in the body; it is responsible for distributing nutrients, eliminating toxins, digesting soluble fibre, keeping the tissues in the body moist, and regulating body temperature.

In hot and humid conditions it’s important to stay hydrated you need to get your little ones to drink up before they feel thirsty, as thirst is a sign that her body is
already dehydrated. Feed them a balanced diet Good nutrition translates to a strong, healthy body. giving your child vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.

Keep the consumption of sugar, trans fats, fast foods and highly processed foods toa minimum. “And remember that meals made from scratch – with whole, unprocessed ingredients are always more nutritious than takeaway or pre-packaged convenience foods.

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