TToddler Health his winter's bitter temperatures are making kids particularly vulnerable to colds. If your child is in daycare, you already know how such illnesses can spread like wildfire in that environment. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to strengthen your child's immune system and create a greater resistance to illness.

  • Incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables in their diet. The vitamins and nutrients they contain are essential for a healthy immune system. Iron-rich foods such as turkey, eggs and whole-grain breads and cereals help combat the fatigue and lack of energy that can occur during shorter daylight hours.
  • Make sure your child is getting enough sleep. A good night of uninterrupted rest is needed for the system to recharge itself, especially for toddlers with their growing bodies. Lack of quality sleep is a prime factor in lowered resistance.
  • Teach your child the importance of frequent hand-washing. Germs can be picked up from handling toys or any other items they come in contact with. Experts recommend hand-washing and use of sanitizer as the best ways to prevent the spread of colds and other illnesses. The rest of your family should develop this habit as well. It sets a good example for your toddler and helps them to stay healthy as well.
  • While it's charming when kids love to share, it's not so cute when it comes to sharing cups, straws and other eating utensils. Explain to your child that sharing toys, games and other activities is nice but anything that goes in their mouth should be kept to themselves.

The nurturing staff members of our Toddler Care program take your child's health as seriously as you do. We place a priority on helping them to learn skills such as regular hand-washing and proper self-feeding.