It is common for children to have at least five infections each year. This means visits to the doctor, cold medicine, missed days at school for children, and missed days at work for parents. Here are a few tips that can help keep your child’s immune system strong.
Your pediatrician likely has mentioned how important it is for children to get adequate sleep. Younger children need at least nine to 11 hours of sleep each night. A lack of sleep leads to mood swings, cravings for junk food, temper tantrums, and a higher risk of infection.
Getting enough exercise each day is important. It offers a wide variety of benefits and helps children sleep better. Try to find an exercise that children enjoy. If possible, take them out for rides on their bikes, walk through the park, or play catch outside.
Most medical professionals recommend that children do not spend more than two hours a day on screens when it is not associated with their homework. This means they should not use the computer, television, tablets, or phone for more than two hours. The light emitted from these screens reduces melatonin levels, which makes it difficult for children and adults to fall asleep.
Healthy eating is at the heart of having a strong immune system. If your child is a picky eater, talk to your pediatrician about ways to boost your child’s nutrition.
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