5 “secrets” of children who rarely get sick

You probably know a child who rarely gets sick. Do his parents do something you do not? Maybe not, but according to experts if you adopt these five healthy habits, your child will stay away from the cold.

Clean hands

Regular hand washing dramatically reduces diseases of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. So make sure your kids wash their hands often (or use a hand sanitizer) when they leave the nursery, after every game and before eating. Teach your children a song and sing it whenever you want to remind them to wash their hands to make the process more fun.

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Enough sleep

Make sure your kids go to bed on time. Lack of sleep almost doubles the risk of catching a cold, experts say. Most babies need about 14 hours of sleep a day while preschoolers need 11-13 hours of sleep.

Being active every day

Studies show that regular and moderate exercise can reduce the number of colds and flu symptoms by at least 25-50% over a year. “Exercise is better than any advertised treatment,” says Harley Rotbart, a pediatrician.

Avoid contact with face

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Influenza viruses enter the body through the nose, eyes and mouth. Help your child keep their hands away from these areas. Yes, it can be very difficult to achieve so at least make sure you wash your hands regularly.

A balanced and healthy diet

Foods high in fruits and vegetables will boost your baby’s immune system. Include in your diet foods rich in vitamin C (broccoli, strawberries, oranges) and vitamin D (tuna, milk and cereals). /abcnews.al

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