Fighting viral infection in children
As January gets underway and winter takes its hold, the chances of your child picking up viral infections and colds is more likely than ever. Children are, of course, susceptible to bugs all year round, but it can be particularly difficult to shake off these viral infections in the colder months.
While there isn’t a cure for viral infection in children, there are precautions you can take as a parent to ensure that, when the inevitable happens, your child can recover as quickly as possible. How often your child catch an viral infection and how rapidly they recuperate, can be managed, and it’s all down to how strong their immune system is.
Whether your child develops a sore throat, cough, a cold, or picks up a viral infection they haven’t had before, a healthy immune system is crucial to fight any infection off.
So, what can you do to boost your child’s immune system?
The NHS has five top tips:
• Sleep – Quality sleep allows the release of growth hormones which benefit children’s immune system and their brain.
• Drink more milk – dairy products are packed with protein and vitamins A and B12 to allow normal growth.
• Eat more fruit and vegetables – these are key sources of vital vitamins and minerals
• Be active – regular exercise boosts the immune system, so encourage your kids to walk, ride a bike or play football
• Have a hearty breakfast – starting the day fully fuelled with a healthy breakfast will give little bodies the energy they need to fight off infections
Avoid second-hand smoke, anyone who’s known to have a viral infection and washing hands regularly are also important.
Ultimately, your child’s immune system benefits from balance, so combining these recommendations will ensure your child is well-equipped to handle any viral infection coming their way.