It’s the start of the new school term but before you’re even able to get organised, the little ones have come down with a cold or a tummy bug. Why does this happen? One reason may be a low immunity.
Kids are constantly picking up bugs because they don’t worry about germs like grown-ups, so they tend to touch more surfaces such as the playground, soil or even pets more often than adults. This makes them efficient little germ carriers. Children collect, transfer and carry more germs than adults, and at a faster rate.
Their little immune systems aren’t as developed as adults, so when you combine this with playtime it increases their chance of getting sick more often. These factors are hard to change, kids will be kids but there are some things we can influence such as sleep, diet and exercise.
Staying up late is one of the things kids love about being on holidays but be careful that they don’t overdo it. Primary school kids and teenagers need between nine to ten hours of quality sleep. Missing out on a good night’s sleep can lead to more than simply feeling tired the next day, it may lower their immunity. The body needs adequate “restorative” sleep to maintain good immunity and this is why we’re told to get plenty of bed rest when we do get sick.