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Building Your Child's Immune System

Taking care of sick children can be rather challenging for parents. Waking up in the middle of the night to the sounds of your child's cough, feeling your child's feverish body against yours, and cleaning up vomit is something you may be familiar with. While it is inevitable that kids get sick, parents can minimize these episodes by building their children's immune systems.

When a child's immune system is not strong, the child may fall sick with ailments like cough and cold. Playgroups and schools are common places where children can pick up such ailments as a result of close interaction with their peers. Often, failure to practice good hygiene habits like hand washing also helps the germs to spread faster.

In general, children are more susceptible to germs than adults because they are born with immature immune systems. The main immune cells that recognise and target harmful micro-organisms are present in low levels at birth, and only reach maturity after many years. Typically, full production of antibodies occurs only after your child reaches 12 years old.

Aside from a naturally immature immune system, external factors such as poor nutrition, stress and an unhealthy emotional state may also increase a child's susceptibility to ailments like cough and cold. The best way to support your child's immune system and overall health is to provide a healthy environment right from the start.

Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do. Breastmilk provides the nutritional and immune factors crucial to building and maintaining healthy immunity Also vitally important is good nutrition - plenty of fresh, whole foods. A healthy lifestyle, low stress, emotional security, and plenty of rest and exercise are also important. In addition to all the above health builders, it may be good to support your child's immune system with a vitamin C and zinc supplement daily.

Make It Fun!

That's is the advice from experts to parents taking kids to the dentist for the first time.

Useful List Of First Visit "Dos"

  • Familiarise your child with the dental office by taking your toddler along when someone else in the family is going for a dental check-up.
  • Play "dentist". Count your child's teeth as you shine a light on them. Then switch roles and let your child play dentist.
  • Read your child a book about going to the dentist for the first time.
  • Before the appointment, tell the dentist about your child, including any special needs or medical problems like allergies or heart conditions.
  • Be low key, don't make a fuss about the visit and be sure to arrange the appointment on a day and time when the child is not likely to be tired.

Sleep Enough

Don't fret too much if con find your babe has trouble getting to sleep by himself. Some babies can be put down while drowsy and drift off to sleep by themselves, but others need parental help be being rocked or nursed to sleep. An important fact to remember is that your baby's sleep habits is more a reflection of our baby's temperament, not your style of parenting.

Renowned paediatrician Dr William Sears also cautions against listening to parents who "exaggerate how long their baby sleeps, as if this w ere a badge of good parenting, which it isn't". Remember. it's not your fault baby wakes up - unless, of course, you're the one making a lot of noise.


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