The most important health goal of child development is that each and every child has a highly-resistant immune system. This is crucial during the first few years of a child’s life, since that stage will determine their future health.
While it is important to keep your youngsters free from germs, parents also need to know that occasional exposure to such and other microorganisms can have some benefits, as well.
Vital time outside (vs. viral time inside)
The old school parenting proscribes that children should not spend too much time outside during the winter season. While it goes without saying that you should not let your children get frostbite, you will do them a favour if they spend a reasonable amount of time outside. The thing is that germs simply adore closed, warm spaces. This makes hot urban apartments a perfect habitat for disease transmitting organisms. Therefore, schedule enough time for your youngsters in the park even when it is cold, as playing outside comes with different benefits.
If you teach your children to wash their hands before every meal, as well as every time when they get back home from outside, you will do them a favour for life. Of course, kids like doing the opposite of what they are told to. This is why parents should be wise, rather than aggressive when it comes to hand washing activities. You could come up with interesting rhymes or games that will make your children start loving such activities.
Moreover, if you do not want to expose your kid(s) to the risks that using ordinary soaps can have on their sensitive skin, use organic antibacterial soaps. Children’s allergies are a common thing these days and too strong soaps and softeners can contribute to such conditions.
Optimal house cleaning
This is the most delicate aspect of home hygiene and your children’s immune system. First of all, turning your home into a sterile, hospital-like quarantine will not make your children healthy. On the other side, neglecting the cleanliness of your home will definitely have a bad effect on their health. Youngsters need to get a certain dose of natural inoculation, i.e. their immune system has to get samples of germs, so as to be able to develop antibodies. Therefore, schedule a few days in a week for proper house cleaning; do not overdo with it, but make it regular and the germs in your home will be on an optimal level.
Regular toy sanitation
Toys have numerous beneficial effects on your children, but they can also be a perfect breeding ground for germs of all kinds. Because of that, you should teach your children to wash their hands after they finish playing with their toys. In addition, you should also include the kids in the toy sanitising and cleaning process. While it would be too demanding and time consuming to clean the toys after every single play session, it is a must after parties or massive kids’ hangouts.
Also, find a hygiene friendly place where you will keep the toys. Ditching them under the bed is a bad option. On the contrary, getting a large wooden box instead and keeping them in a visible place is a better choice.
Although many young parents think that keeping their kids healthy means isolating them completely from germs and other airborne organisms, the truth is somewhere in between.
Therefore, clean your home regularly, but not obsessively and let your children develop in a safe and natural way.
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