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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Curious Kids Need to be Tough Inside

I have one active lil boy, who is always curious and want to know everything what is happening around him.. It is like he always thinking and asking himself, "What will happen if i push this button?? How does this lil cube taste like?? Can i just crawl down from the bed, just like that??".. He'll try everything, everything that is new to him.. Once he knew what will happen, urm~ let say what will happen to the tele if he pushes the remote button.. He'll immediately laugh and pass me the remote, so that i can switch it back to the right channel.. Hurm~ cheeky lil boy..

It is not easy to monitor him 24-7, watching him all the time, afraid if he'll eat something left on the floor or fell down and hurt himself.. So, what did i do to make sure my lil boy will always stay healthy and can keep on exploring the world around him without worrying he'll get sick or hurt?? Well~ I give him strong foundation through breastfeeding, great nutrition, a lively, healthy family life and a mostly non-toxic environment..

I believe my child has a very strong immune systems.. I don't believe in coddling him or trying to keep him away from other kids who are sick.. Instead, i believe that his immunity strengthens and develops when he is naturally exposed to germs.. Of course he gets colds, fevers, and other mild problems but he recovers quickly too.. These are good signs that his immune systems are at work dispelling toxins, viruses or bacteria from the body.. He had once taken antibiotic few months back for his ear infection. Apart from that, my lil boy has relied on my milk and a simple dietary home made cook..

Today, more and more parents are realizing that the key to a healthy child is a strong immune system.. All children are constantly exposed to disease producing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites but this doesn't mean they will get sick.. A strong immune system provides a child with the natural defenses to fight off the disease.. If a child has a weakened immune system, he or she is more susceptible to colds, fever, flu and other problems.. Germs are everywhere and being exposed to them is a natural part of life..

So, the big question is how can we parents help our curious kids to be tough in the inside?? Or simple to say, what can we do to help boost our child immunity system?? Just follow my simple, safe and fun way to get your curious kids to be tough inside.. :D

Number 1, the most important one, breastfeed!! Try the best and as long as you can to breastfeed your baby.. I don't say it is easy, but then hey~ it is for our own child rite?? Coz breastfed babies experience fewer infections than bottle fed babies.. And as we all know, breast milk is vital in building our baby's immunity and protecting against disease.. It also provides a complete nutritional balance including essential fatty acids.. It is very important to try to breastfeed our baby even if it is only for few months.. If you can't breastfeed your baby due to a certain reasons, don't stop there!! Do the best you can to help your baby tough inside!! Try to find formula milk that can protect your baby like the Friso® Gold which is formulated with Frisoshield™ with P2 Dual System™, a combination of GOS, IcFOS and friendly bacteria - Bifidobacterium lactis.. With Friso® Gold Frisoshield™ P2 Dual System™ you can allow your child to explore his world..

Number 2, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables!! It is essential to give our child daily nutrition to keep his/her immune system healthy and strong.. Make sure our child eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.. I know I know!! All children are attracted to eating snacks.. Today many foods are highly processed and loaded with sugar such as cookies, cereals and many more (no need to mention the junkies!!).. These additive foods will actually weaken the immune system.. Snacking can become problematic if children fill up on these "nutritionally empty foods" and don't want to eat the lovely healthy meals we have provided..

Number 3, a healthy home life!! All we need is love!! Yup!! Love love love!! Love and attention are a wonderful way to boost immunity.. Some say, children who grows up in a loving environment feel more secure and happy.. So make sure you hold, hug, rock, massage, nurse, touch and kiss your kids regularly.. And some people also says that laughter helps strengthen the immunity too.. So the more our children laugh and enjoy life, the better their immune function..

Number 4, create a non-toxic environment!! Exposure to chemicals can damage the immune system and make it more difficult to fight off common infections and even more serious diseases such as cancer.. Our environments have become increasingly toxic..Eventho these toxins are everywhere, we can take the steps to create a healthy home environment and therefore reduce the amount of chemicals our children are exposed to.. Go for organic products!!

Number 5, daily routine!! Create a stable home environment with daily routines.. These include regular meals, baths, naps and bed times.. Eating meals together is extremely important and will help our child to feel secure, safe and part of the family..

Number 6, sleep!! Make sure our child has enough sleep and goes to bed at a reasonable hour.. Our child's body regenerates, repairs and renews itself while sleeping.. In addition, it is important to include "quiet time" as part of our child's day when they can unwind and learn the value of being calm..

And last but not least, number 7, enjoy nature!! Give our child plenty of fresh air.. Go for walks in the park or beaches.. Let our child run, jump, dance and climb.. Don't coddle your child.. If they want to run without a hat or gloves, let them do so!! Allow them to run barefoot on the grass sometimes!! Nature is an excellent immune stimulator and being exposed in a happy, healthy way does wonders to all aspects of our child's life.. Just remember, play more learn more!! Hehe..

Friso Gold, help our curious and active kids, tough inside!! We can now allow our child to explore his world and at the same time, giving us peace of mind at work.. :)

This entry "Curious Kids Need To Be Tough Inside" is specially created for Nuffnang Friso Gold Family Day Contest..

The most interesting 80 entries will be given a family invite (for 2 adults and 2 children) to attend the Nuffnang Friso Gold Family Day Out at Kidzsport & Gym, One Utama on 2 January 2010.. And the blogger with the best entry would be walking away with a 3 Days 2 Nights holiday package for a family of 4 to Disneyland Hong Kong!! Not to forget RM100 Toys 'R' Us vouchers to be given away to the 10 blog entries with the most effort..

Let us all join this contest and get the chance to meet up at Kidzsport for free!! :D


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