ExperTips on Strengthening Your Toddler’s Barriers Of Protection
Dr. Glaiza M. Madulara
Have you experienced waking up one day and suddenly, you realize that your baby is now a Toddler Explorer who is always on the go? Choosing what’s best for him, especially now that he is in a rapid phase of development, can be challenging. Will you hold on or let go of his hand as he discovers the world around him? How can you be confident that you are providing the total protection that he needs, especially when it comes to supporting his immunity? Here are 10 simple ExperTips that can help strengthen your toddler’s barriers of protection.
ExperTip A – Avoid antibiotic overuse
Unnecessary intake of antibiotics promotes antibiotic resistance, wherein the germs will no longer respond to the antibiotics designed to kill them.
ExperTip B – Boost immunity with immunizations
Keep your toddler’s immunization status up-to-date.
ExperTip C – Clean hands
Encourage regular handwashing, especially before and after meals, every time they use the restroom or after coming in from outside.
ExperTip D – Destress
Stress weakens the immune system. Raise your toddler in a happy and supportive atmosphere and engage him in activities that can minimize his stress.
ExperTip E – Exercise
Toddlers should be active for three or more hours daily, or about 15 minutes for every hour they are awake.
ExperTip F – Fruits and Vegetables
Encourage your toddler to “eat the rainbow,” by serving him a variety of brightly-colored fruits and vegetables, fueled with antioxidants and phytonutrients.
ExperTip G – Get enough sleep
Kids in the 3 to 5 years age group should get 10 – 13 hours of sleep per day, including naps. Set a bedtime routine, which may include a warm bath and reading together.
ExperTip H – Healthy beverage
Choosing a healthy beverage is as important as what your toddler consumes. That is why a milk, expertly made for his nutritional needs, will serve as your best ally in strengthening his barriers of protection and brain development as he continues to explore the world. Your child’s immune barriers, namely the respiratory, gut and skin, serve as his first line of defense against microbes. It is essential to give him age-appropriate milk fortified with probiotics, vitamins and minerals that will boost this triple layer of defense. Clinical studies have shown that Lactobacillus rhamnosus reduces the risk of upper respiratory tract infections by 38%. Vitamins C, B7 (Biotin), Zinc and Omega 6 strengthen his skin against invading pathogens. While vitamins A, B2 and B3 are beneficial in the healthy development of your toddler’s gut barrier. Aside from immune development, your toddler is also experiencing a period of rapid brain growth. With Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Omega 3, Omega 6, iron and iodine, your kid will be able to reach his optimal cognitive development.
ExperTip I – Intake of Natural Sugars
Avoid drinks high in added sugar (sucrose or table sugar) such as fruit and energy drinks because this may lead to dental caries and diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Milks may also contain table sugar so make sure to always check the label!
ExperTip J – Just relax
Toddlers may push you over the edge, so it’s helpful to relax and recharge. Give yourself a pat on the back and congratulate yourself for all the efforts that you make. Constantly worrying about the choices you make for your toddler is never easy. But why choose if you can give him the best of both worlds by providing Total Expert Protection. Remember, "It's all about the journey." With your love and total expert protection, you and your toddler can grow confident together. ☺
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