how to keep my 3yr old boy fit and healthy?

Mei - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son falls sick easily even when he goes to playgroup. He have persistance cough for days and even weeks. How should i keep my son healthy? Does vitamins helps?

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Antonia - posted on 05/06/2009

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And let him get dirty!!! Let him play in the dirt in the garden or the park, kids need all of the exposure to germs that they can get these days! My son loves to play with anything on the ground, plants, pot plants, dirt and he loves eating sand! Let his body get used to and learn to fight all the little bugs on our planet!

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Quoting Antonia:

And let him get dirty!!! Let him play in the dirt in the garden or the park, kids need all of the exposure to germs that they can get these days! My son loves to play with anything on the ground, plants, pot plants, dirt and he loves eating sand! Let his body get used to and learn to fight all the little bugs on our planet!



LOL!



Remembering that when my 15 year old was 10 months old he LOVED to eat the sand at the beach- until his first teeth came in!  We live on a farm, so ours have been exposed to lots of dirt & chicken & goat manure from age 5 on.  By then they knew not to put 'nannyberries' aka goat poop in their mouths!



There are some studies that say that children who do not have dander allergies can benefit from having a cat or dog in the house for the same reasons as exposing your children to dirt in the garden.  There are other benefits as well. 



Check with your doctor, though, about exposing your child to anything unusual as there are some parasites found in sandboxes even- mostly because they are used by urban & suburban cats as litter boxes...  yuck!



http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_f...

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I would talk to my pediatrician.

Kids vitamins are good, of course it is best to get vitamins from food sources, as Dashka mentioned.

But he could have allergies to something seasonal or to a food. Does he have other breathing problems? Athsma?

Also, if he has been at home since birth, the first year at school kids often have a lot of little illnesses, as it is their first time exposed to certain germs.

Kids in daycare get these at an earlier age, but they get it too.



Healthy foods, getting enough sleep and exercise all have important parts to play in keeping our immune systems healthy.

Daksha - posted on 05/03/2009

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I regularly give mine multivitamins as well as plenty of fruit, veg and lean meat and fish. Snacks are not banned but given in moderation, this all seems to be working as they are rarely ill. Hope this helps.

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