30 May 2013, by Mandy Loh
As in, Cristan’s at home (instead of school) because he’s sick. 🙁
I know its very common for children to fall sick once they start school, but what makes it horrid is how they would be continuously sick for a period of time! Cristan got through the first 3 weeks of playschool unscathed, but on the 4th week, he finally succumbed to the common cold, with runny nose and slight fever. A cough developed a few days later, and it took about 2 weeks for him to recover from it, getting well just last weekend.
Would you believe it, after coming home from school on Monday, he started sneezing and having a fresh bout of runny nose and cough all over again! Oh my goodness…one cold right after another?
We had given Cristan over-the-counter medication previously, but we decided to bring him to the doctor this time round, as we feared that prolonged coughing might be bad for his lungs. Thankfully, the doctor assured us it was nothing serious. But what he said next made me almost fall off my chair: “Don’t worry, this is very normal. Give it a year and he’ll be ok.”
Does it really have to take a year for a child to build up immunity to common colds? Flabbergasted, I decided to go online to find out what I can do to prevent the munchkin from being perpetually unwell. Here are some tips I found:
1) Wash those grubby palms
It seems one of the top ways to prevent the spread of germs is to keep their little hands clean. Toddlers love to explore the world, and that inevitably means touching all sorts of icky stuff. Especially in a playschool context, where colds tend to get passed from child to child with the sharing of toys and even food, frequent handwashing is a highly effective way to keep germs at bay.
2) Boost up on vitamins
I’m not big on supplements, so to me, boosting immunity with vitamins means making sure the munchkin gets lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in his daily diet. We’re blessed that Cristan eats his veggies most of the time, and absolutely adores most types of fruits. He is also a fan of momma’s home-cooked soups, which is full of nutritious goodness!
3) Quench the thirst
This is especially important in our hot and humid tropical weather! Keeping our little ones hydrated is vital to keeping their tiny bodies in tip top condition. Unfortunately, busy little squirts may not realise they are thirsty, especially in the midst of their play. So moms and dads have to take up the responsibility of gently reminding them to drink up throughout the day. Placing a water bottle within easy reach is also a good idea, so they can help themselves whenever they need a little sip.
4) Clock up the Zzz
Toddlers tend to resist naps and bedtimes, because they feel that there is just too much to do and time really shouldn’t be wasted on sleep. However, making sure the pipsqueaks get sufficient shut-eye is critical to keeping them in the pink of health. Establishing a regular routine is useful in this regard.
I do hope the above will keep Cristan healthy and well. If you have any good tips on keeping little ones healthy, please kindly share!