Parenting

Chronically Sick Children

Most parents expect their children to be sick on occasion. Illnesses are inconvenient but necessary for growing immune systems to strengthen. An occasional illness is normal. But if your child is chronically sick, a trip to the doctor is necessary.

Chronically sick children tend to have skin problems, sinus issues, or digestive problems. These problems could indicate a problem with their immune systems. Different triggers could be affecting their immune systems: some are severe, while some are manageable. Food allergies are part of the manageable group.

Cow Milk

Cow milk can be a big problem for some children. Cow milk causes some mucous which causes a chronically runny nose or nasal drip.

Sugar

Sugar is one of the largest enemies of a developing immune system. A struggling immune system has to battle the effects of sugar, creating a weakened ability to battle contagious illnesses. Sugar is abundant in many foods that are created for children, since their taste buds love sweet foods. Even fruit juice can be laden with extra sugar while parents fail to realize the juice is doing more harm than good. As parents, it is important for us to read labels to see how much added sugar is in the food we feed to our children. You may be surprised.

Gluten

Gluten-free diets are a trend these days. Researchers have begun to realize that part of our population may be sensitive to gluten, a protein found in many food products: especially breads and pastas. If your child is experiencing digestive problems and your pediatrician is baffled by them, talk to a knowledgeable doctor about a testing healthy gluten-free diet on your child. But remember – just because it is gluten-free does not necessarily mean it is healthy.

The best thing we can do to keep our children healthy is to not only pay attention to their illnesses, but also feed them a healthy diet. Also, do not underestimate the value of frequent hand-washing! It is a natural learning experience to touch things. It is only expected that the surfaces they are touching have been touched by many other kids and probably not washed often. Make sure your child washes their hands before every meal and you may have a happier and healthier child.

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