Kids tend to suffer from more illnesses than adults because their immune system is not yet fully developed. The immune system is still developing even at 10 years so infants are naturally more vulnerable. The problem is that frequent medication will hinder the development of the liver and the immune system. The solution is, 9 simple tips that will help your child stay free from infections.
Many mothers regret not having known the importance of breastfeeding when it was necessary. If your child is an infant, make sure it has nothing apart from mother’s milk till it is six months old. Even water can harm its tender immunity at this age. Mother’s milk on the other hand has strengthening properties. A child who hasn’t been breastfed for at least six months can be completely normal and healthy but it would have been stronger if it had got plenty of mother’s milk.
Infants need up to 18 hours of sleep and older children need at least 10 hours of sleep after a busy day making every adult busy after them. Without this sleep the child’s body won’t be able to perform the metabolic functions that are done during sleep. These functions include strengthening immunity and rejuvenating the brain so that its ready for the next day’s mischiefs.
No matter how little the baby maybe, you need to clean it with a disinfected damp cloth in very mild warm water to get rid of all the infection-causing microbes. Don’t ignore the nails and the ears because the ears serve as a direct entryway to the body and kids keep sucking their fingers hard enough to lick up all the dirt in the nails.
Lavender oil not only helps your child fall asleep easily but also has antifungal properties that prevent painful infections like yeast infection and ensure that the child’s body is safeguarded from all harmful germs.
Tea Tree Oil
We all know the various uses of tea tree oil in beauty treatment but tea tree oil is much more than that. It is a very effective natural remedy for thrush. However, you can only give a tea tree oil mouthwash to a child who is old enough to not gulp it down as it can be toxic to the inner body.
Make sure you give cough syrup to your child only when it is absolutely necessary. Encourage the mucus to run out as this is the body’s way of getting rid of the germs. Give cough syrups like Benadryl only when the running nose is due to an allergy and not cold. Find out whether the child is allergic to dust.
Honey is difficult to digest for an infant but just a little at the tip of your clean finger is enough for the baby. Give just one drop of honey to your child or let it suck on your honey-coated finger to an infant and one teaspoon of honey in warm milk to older kids. This increases the immunity 3 folds and even cures existing cough and cold.
Ensure that the child has enough water and other healthy beverages like green coconut water and milk or even sports drinks in case of older children. If kids are energized it’s difficult to catch a germ. Avoid alcohol, coffee and soda on the other hand as these induce stomach infection.
If the child already has an upset stomach avoid giving caffeinated products and any kind of dairy products. Let it have simple starch like rice and boiled potatoes.
Be careful about your child’s immunity from its birth to the complete development of the immune system and after that, the child will take care of you!