Do you wonder why your child is falling sick frequently despite giving him healthy food and following the vaccination schedule meticulously? Well, you should know that your child’s immunity must be weak. Factors such as poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle might be wreaking havoc on the immunity in children.
Habits that Hurt Your Child’s Immunity
Have you asked yourself whether you are doing enough to boost immunity in children? The more the child is exposed to the germs in the environment around him, the better his immunity. But, there are certain habits your child might develop as your child grows that might hamper the development of your child’s immunity such as not sleeping enough and overusing antibiotics. Let us look at 7 habits that can make your child’s immunity weak.
- Lack of outdoor activity
Is your child a person who takes little or no exercise and watches a lot of television? Does your child prefer spending time watching cartoons or playing games? Well, you should know that an inactive child will have a weak immunity as a lack of exercise will cease to move or flow disease-fighting cells. Time spent outdoors ensures your child gets his required dose of vitamin D, which helps in enhancing immunity.
- Lack of adequate sleep
Lack of adequate sleep can seriously affect your child’s immunity. Habits such as staying up late, playing games on the computer or fidgeting with a smartphone can reduce your child’s chances of falling asleep early. Less sleep produces physical stress that prevents oxygen from circulating freely in the brain. This can lower your child’s immune system and make your child more vulnerable to germs.
- Excessive antibiotic use
Do you rush to the doctor every time when your child is ill? There is a chance that an antibiotic is prescribed, right? Well, you should know that excessive antibiotic use can lead to antibiotic-resistance in your child. It also weakens your child’s immune system.
- Lack of hygiene
Does your child wash hands before eating or not brush teeth properly or have dirty and untrimmed nails? Well, you should know that all these are unhygienic habits that can weaken the immune system. If your child is not following hygienic habits, it can definitely expose the body to more germs leading to a weak immune system.
- Consuming an unhealthy diet
A healthy and nutritious diet is one way of ensuring your child’s immunity is strong. If your child is regularly consuming a diet high in additives, preservatives and sugar, it can adversely affect digestion and increase inflammation leading to weak immunity.
- Lack of staying hydrated enough
Although your child may not need the same quantity of water as you do, your child will still need to consume a quantity that is adequate enough for the proper functioning of your child’s digestive system. Proper digestion helps in good absorption of nutrients by the body resulting in better immunity. Water also flushes out toxins making it easier for the body to fight germs.
As parents, what can you do to protect your child from the endless array of germs and viruses that are exposed to every day? Typically, children prime their immunity slowly by battling an on-going series of germs, viruses, and other organisms which is why many homeopaths consider six to eight colds, bouts of flu, or ear infections per year normal. But eating healthy food and getting enough rest and exercise might not be enough to boost your child’s immune system. Your child’s immune system needs a bit more help and homeopathy offers more than a helping hand. It is recommended to take homeopathic medicines in order to supplement your child’s body resistance.