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Tips to boost your child’s immunity

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A big worry for most parents is how to make their toddler tough and strong and not succumb to the endless variety of germs he is exposed to everyday. It is worrying when your child seems to have a perpetual cold and runny nose. But doctors tell us that six to eight colds a year is normal as the toddler’s immune system is still not fully developed. There are ways though of boosting your little one’s immunity:


Eat more fruits and vegetables

Our little ones get their immunity boosting vitamins and minerals from regular intake of carrots, green beans, spinach, oranges, strawberries, apples etc. Doctors recommend five servings of veggies and fruits a day (A serving is approximately two tablespoons for toddlers).


Sleep well

Between the ages of 1-3, toddlers need about 12-14 hours of sleep daily. This will be shared between their short nap time in the day and at least ten hours in the night. A consistent bed time routine will help them maintain a healthy sleep schedule.


Play

Take them out to play every day. Daily physical activity like riding their cycles, swimming and running with their friends will benefit them physically and emotionally. They will develop stronger muscles and bones and have a happier temperament. When your toddler climbs and swings from the monkey bars or stretches across the jungle gym in the park he is strengthening his body and boosting his immunity.


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