It can be just as hard on Mom as it is for the child who doesn't feel well, especially if the child has recurring illnesses.
In the modern chaotic lifestyle we are lead to follow, it can be easy to forget simple daily self care time for Mom and child.
This is one HUGE factor in why a child can get sick often.
As a Mom, I know how easy it is to get super busy and not have time to pay attention to every little detail of health and wellness. So below are just some great reminders! Do the best you can to keep an eye out and make time for these things or even make a few simple changes, and you may just see your child getting sick less often.
Here are a few reminders or possible reasons your child may get sick often -
1. Your schedule is too busy for Self Care Time (as mentioned... but it is ONE to REMEMBER). Be sure you are taking time to allow your child to get out in nature, relax their mind, explore, stretch, take extra steps to nourish their skin, be sure they are getting in enough exercise and active play to exercise their lungs, eating healthy and well, etc.
2. Your child isn't properly hydrated, therefore their body is not able to detox as it should. This can lead to things like headaches, constipation, and fatigue. It helps to have a water bottle on hand daily and a diet full of fresh fruits and veggies.
3. Your child isn't getting enough sleep on a regular schedule. Their body needs this time every evening to build immunity, grow, relax, reset, and recharge. There are a lot of biological factors that happen while we sleep. It's is super simple to create a solid sleep schedule and stick to it as much as possible. In fact, when your child is on a sleep schedule, they are more likely to want to go to bed on time because they actually LIKE feeling well and LIKE having a schedule.
4. Your child isn't getting proper nutrition. Look at your child's daily meals and snacks. Are they getting healthy protein sources, healthy fats, colorful fruits and veggies, and nut and seeds? Every time your child is eating overly processed foods like fast foods or all the junk in the middle aisles at the grocery store (you know, those things that don't even mold after a week!), your child is missing out on valuable nutrients that build their immune system like vitamins, nutrients, minerals, omega's, and more. Meal and snack planning ahead of time can help prevent your child from snacking on the less healthy items throughout the week.
5. An abundance of sugar and artificial colors and dyes could absolutely be effecting your child's immune system. Does sugar and artificial dye actually make you sick? Well, they are both known to cause stomach upset meaning that there will most likely be inflammation in the gut (this is where most of our immunity comes from) which can prevent the stomach from absorbing nutrients and emptying waste properly. Try to offer a healthier option first so your child is full before indulging in a sweet and try to find natural food coloring option like fruit and vegetable powders.
6. Your child isn't dressed appropriately dressed for the weather. Laundry isn't fun, but if kids are out in the cold with no coat, cool air blowing on their chest (and over their lungs), and they are wet on top of it... there is a great chance their immune system is going to have to work harder to keep up. This means they may be more prone to getting sick.
7. Your child is sharing drinks and food with you or others. It is hard when your child always wants to share, but if you have a virus without apparent symptoms... yet... you are sharing the illness with your child and vice versa. Daycare germs are the worst too! This is a great time to stop sharing and let both of your immune systems keep up! It is okay to ask grandparents and friends not to share and teach your kiddos about germs too. If they do not like feeling ill, they will understand and be more cautious of sharing. You can also do them a huge favor and teach them how to properly drink out of a bubbler or better yet, send them every day with a water bottle of their own so all the kiddos in the class aren't all swapping germs while trying to hydrate.
8. Your child isn't washing their hands. Get them in the habit of this and have them use soap. There are illnesses out there that hand sanitizer does not kill, like the dreaded Norovirus. No one wants the stomach flu! Have you kiddos wash their hands as soon as they get home from sports, play dates, school, and don't be afraid to ask their friends to do the same if they are with you.
9. Your child bites their nails. Now don't laugh but every time I see my son bite his nails I tell him to think about the last kid he saw that was picking his nose and imagine he is just eating those same boogers with him! So gross! Kids bite their nails because they are bored, worried, unsure of their surroundings or situation, or nervous. Try to find the root cause and promote the nail biting to stop by offering a fun play day if they kick the habit.
10. Your child has allergy or sinus symptoms. When our sinuses are draining, full, and inflamed, we are more prone to illness. This can happen because the inflammation lowers the bodies ability to fight off germs as well or because the overly draining or full sinuses can lead to additional symptoms or an additional type of illness like an ear infection, sore throat, or chest congestion. All of which can continue to lead to more symptoms or another illness. You can do natural things, use natural products, and take your child to have natural therapies to help alleviate sinus symptoms before worse symptoms take over.
Natural Allergy and Sinus Symptom Relief is a great topic to learn! Click here to learn how to work with me!
There are possible reasons your child could be getting sick more often, but I think you have a great start to reviewing what changes you could possibly make to help them boost their immunity!
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