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Supporting your Child’s Immune System

by A. Vogel USA, on 10 January 2017, Health

Seven important steps to take

While many would use the word boost in scientific terms, what we are really talking about is supporting the immune system. There are many practical and useful steps you can take to help the development of your child’s immune system.

1. Ensure plenty of rest – we all know what a fight it can be to get a child to bed, but early nights are a must for a growing child particularly when they have school the next day. On average, a child needs 10- to 14 hours sleep, preferably in a cool, dark room – and certainly away from the distractions of computers, tablets and mobile phones.

2. Fresh air is free – nature is our best remedy. It is free and is excellent for stimulating the immune system. Get children into the big outdoors – let them run, cycle, climb and explore. It is a huge playground waiting to be used.

3. Have fun with them – it can be a stressful and busy time bringing up a child, but don’t pass your “stress” onto them. Children can get stressed to. Teach them how to relax and remember that “me” time is important for a child too.

4. Have a family routine – children need a stable environment and creating a good family routine will help emotional security. Having meals, baths, stories and homework at set times can be extremely beneficial.

5. Reduce sugar – studies have shown that sugar suppresses immune function. There are no nutrients in sugar. When in the body, it requires nutrients to metabolize, which uses the minerals from your body. Sugar also stops your white blood cells from doing their job properly.

6. Hand hygiene – teach your child when and how to wash hands. This is not only before meals and after visiting the toilet – washing hands regularly will help to reduce the number of bugs picked up in the nursery or classroom. If water is not easily to hand, resort to using hand sanitizers.

7. Environment – a healthy environment in the home is beneficial to every child. Smoking is not only harmful to the smoker, it can also cause huge damage to the people who are around them. Cigarette smoke kills and irritates vital cells in the body and children are more susceptible to damage from smoke as they breathe faster. They also have a less developed natural defense system.

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