More on how can we boost our child’s immunity?

☀️Sun and Sand
Outside time, messy play and controlled sun are so important for general health
• Controlled sun allows the child to produce Vitamin D, which increasingly has become known as a modifier of the immune system.
• Fresh air and exercise are beneficial to the immune system.
• Dirt and exposure to pets help to diversify healthy bacteria.

? Avoid excess stress

Stress challenges the immune system. We can reduce stress in children by:
• Giving them lots of healthy hugs and cuddles
• Promoting exercise
• Controlling screen time
• Avoiding over-commitment of the toddler and young child to structured activities/classes

? Avoid unnecessary medications
• Antibiotics can disturb the microbiome, so should be used judiciously.
• Anti-acids reduce stomach acidity- one of your first lines of defense against infection. Some babies with reflux disease really “deserve” their anti-acid, but most babies with a bit of colic or spitting up don’t.
• Systemic (oral or injected) steroids can weaken the immune response, especially if used at high dose for prolonged periods, hence should be used with care.

?? Enable your little one to get enough sleep:

• Sleep is the body’s natural repair mechanism
• Sleep deprivation aggravates the stress response and can cause behavioral issues
• Not all kids “sleep like a baby!” They are all different with different sleep patterns and needs. Do what it takes to have the whole family sleeping adequately!