When I started college, I quickly realized that the rest of my class was far ahead of me. In addition to struggling to understand the material, I also had a hard time working in group settings and understanding how the lectures tied to the homework. After failing my first two semesters, a helpful counselor asked me to sign up for a study habits class. In the class, I learned how to apply myself in formal educational settings, which really helped. I think that everyone should take the time to understand how to learn, so that they can be successful in their classes.
One of the common fears that many parents have when they begin sending their child to daycare is that their child will get sick more than they would if they stayed at home. This is a valid concern. Because your child will be exposed to more people at daycare than they might otherwise, they have the potential to have various viruses and bacteria passed on to them. However, getting sick while at daycare may not be the worst thing for your child. It may have some benefits for your child's future.
Adaptive immunity is the immunity that a baby begins developing in the first months of its life and continues to develop through adulthood. The body, after being exposed to a disease, can fight it better the next time it encounters the same disease. Adaptive immunity is not perfect because there are many types of viruses and bacteria that cause disease. However, if your toddler is exposed to some of the more common viruses and bacteria that cause childhood diseases at a young age, it is likely that they will have a stronger immunity when they begin attending school and throughout the rest of their life.
Less Missed School
One of the main benefits of a healthy immune system by the time your child reaches first grade is that they become less likely to miss school. Studies have found that children who attend large preschools are more likely to have respiratory and ear infections during preschool and are less likely than their peers who stay at home or go to small preschools to get these infections once they begin attending school.
While you may have to stay home with your child or find a sitter for them occasionally when they are three or four and get sick, they will not be missing critical early learning skills. Also, preschool curriculum rarely builds each week and instead presents chances to learn and relearn skills throughout the year. If they come down with an illness in first or second grade and miss a week or more of school, they may fall behind and have a difficult time catching up academically because each week builds on previous lessons.
Less Severe Symptoms
Some childhood diseases, such as chickenpox, have less severe symptoms in toddlers and children than in adults. While there is a vaccine for chickenpox, it is not 100% effective and there is still a slight chance that your child could catch chickenpox. It may be better for them to catch it when they are a toddler than later in life, when they will have a more difficult time dealing with the disease.
While a stay-at-home baby may only have a couple of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections a year, it is normal for a toddler attending a large preschool to experience illnesses more often. If your toddler recovers quickly from illnesses and is not chronically ill, you should not be too worried about them getting sick from attending preschool and instead concentrate on the benefits of building a strong immunity early in life.
However, there are still some things that you can do to boost your child's immunity. Things like making sure your child regularly gets enough sleep, gets daily exercise in the form of active play, and eats plenty of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables may not protect them from getting sick. But it may help them get over illnesses more quickly. This can make both you and your child less miserable during cold and flu season. If you are concerned about how often your child is sick, you should talk to their pediatrician about more things you can do to help support them as they develop their immunity.
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