PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
Guarding your child against every bug is impossible, but there are many simple preventive measures that can ward off the nasties. Pam Stone, naturopath and director of education for Blackmores, has the following advice.
Eat fresh. Fresh fruit and vegies help strengthen a growing immune system. Your child may resist but it’s important to persist. “If children see adults enjoying fresh fruit and veg, they’re more likely to adopt the habits,” says Pam.
Sleep well. “Without [a reasonable amount of sleep], we are more susceptible to a variety of illnesses,” says Pam. Babies and toddlers need 12 hours of sleep at night, experts suggest.
Go pro. “Don’t underestimate the huge role the gut plays in fighting infection,” says Pam. Natural yoghurt encourages healthy gut flora, and look for other foods and products with probiotics to help top up your levels of ‘friendly’ tummy bacteria.