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Child's Healthcare

Combating Fatigue


Parents of young children are no strangers to fatigue. Here's how you can pep up energy levels and combat fatigue.


Parents of children between the ages of three days to three years, or, rather, until they are old enough to start school, are no strangers to fatigue. And with good reason. Putting your wailing baby back to sleep every two hours, or chasing your toddler around the house making sure he doesn't break anything, jam his finger into sockets, fall down the stairs, walk into glass…. phew! is enough to ensure that your energy levels start falling. Combine this with a job, and you're set for fatige-dom!

Although you may not be able to change your circumstances, there are certain things you can do to pep up your energy levels and combat fatigue. Here are some of them.


Sleep

Sleep is vital. It may be hard to get adequate sleep especially if you are the mother of a newborn, but you do need to figure out a way to do it. The best way to catch up on sleep is to nap when your baby naps - even if it entails nodding off at 5 in the evening. When your baby grows older, do not let him sleep for more than an hour or two in the afternoon, or he will not sleep at night. Tire him out, make him run around, put on some music and let him shake until he is exhausted. Then, feed him his dinner and the two of you are set for a peaceful night's slumber.


Supplements

Don't miss out on Vitamin supplements. This is the time when you need them the most, and they will go a long way in helping you fight fatigue. You may consider going in for ginseng supplements to boost energy levels.


Fruits

Eat plenty of fruits. Fruits contain natural sugars which also boost energy levels.


Snack

Always carry food with you so you can pull it out and have a snack every time you are hungry. Carry something healthy, like fruit. Avoid snacking on chips etc, which have zero food value.


Sprouts

Sprouts are rich sources of energy, protein and minerals. A palm-full of sprouts on a daily basis will do wonders for your health. If you don't like raw sprouts, consider adding sprouts to a salad.


Water

Drink ten glasses of water a day. Remember, the test that you are drinking enough water is that your urine should run almost clear.


Breakfast

Because mornings are so rushed, many of us tend to skip breakfast. Make it a point to have a heavy breakfast. Two toasts, an egg (you can avoid the yolk if you have cholesterol concerns) and a glass of milk or juice should suffice for most. Remember that you have not eaten anything for at least ten hours before your breakfast, and your body is crying out for food. A heavy breakfast gives you the energy you need in the morning, and keeps you going till lunchtime.


Exercise

Certain activities may tire you out alright, but they are not a substitute for exercise. When you are fatigued, the last thing you want to do is exercise, but keeping a regular exercise schedule is just what you need to combat fatigue. Regular exercise makes you a stronger, healthier person - so let exercise be part of your routine.


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