Keeping Children Healthy This Summer

There hasn’t been a day where I don’t find myself sighing and complaining about how hot and humid this ongoing summer season is. I think it’s a double dose for a woman like me who’s got a bun cooking in my oven. Being pregnant in summertime is really not a joke since you also have to deal with hot flashes that frequently occur during the second and third trimester. To combat this, I always carry with me a bottle of water and by wearing light-material clothing.

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Another thing that is a no-no when you’re pregnant is getting sick. Taking care of myself and Noa must happen at the same. There’s no room for anyone of us becoming sick. I don’t want sickness to ruin the health of my unborn child and my preschooler as she experiences her first summer break. As we all know, children are prone to sickness because of the unpredictable weather. As parents, we shouldn’t be caught off guard.

According to the Department of Health, “flu-like symptoms such as colds and cough could manifest in the summer because of erratic weather patterns and sudden downpour.” Just a week ago, DOH once again reminded us parents to be mindful of the six (6) common summer diseases in the Philippines.

  • Sore eyes
  • Sunburn
  • Flu (sipon at ubo)
  • Stomach ailments (suka at pagdudumi)
  • Skin diseases (sakit sa balat tulad ng bungang araw)
  • Rabies (sakmal ng aso)

 

As parents, we should not let our guard down. Aside from frequent hand washing with clean water and germ-fighting soap that is proven to be effective in not spreading the germs, it is important to keep our family, especially our children’s immunity at its best.

Dr. Leonora Panlasigui, Dean of the Philippine Women’s University’s School of Nutrition, found that adding 2 servings of Del Monte Pineapples to a child’s daily diet may help improve overall immunity. The study showed a 27% increase in the production of granulocytes, a type of white blood cell vital to combating diseases, in children who ate 2 servings of pineapple a day, resulting in reduced recovery time for bacterial and viral infections.

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How do we help ensure that our kids are healthy enough so they make the most of their summer break? We can add fruits, especially pineapples, into their daily diet! By doing this, children can develop the bodily immunity needed to fearlessly take on the coming summer months. I highly recommend preparing cold beverages and serving healthy desserts and snacks to them this summer.

Here’s a delicious and refreshing beverage recipe you can prepare at home within 5 minutes that your children will surely love!

Pineapple Milkshake

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Cooking Tools Needed:

  • Bowls
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Strainer
  • Spoon
  • Can Opener
  • Blender

Ingredients:

1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 cup Fresh Milk
120g Del Monte
Pineapple Tidbits
(drained)

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into serving glass.
  4. Makes 1-2 servings.

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This summer, don’t let sickness ruin our children’s opportunity to create happy memories with the family and their friends! They only get to be children once and as parents, it is our joy and responsibility to make sure that they get to enjoy life while they are worry-free and young. It only takes two servings of Del Monte Pineapple everyday to enjoy a healthy summer break.

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