Body hardening is a system of procedures that help increase the body's resistance to adverse environmental influences, the development of conditioned reflex reactions of thermoregulation, with the aim of improving it.
If you want your baby to be less sick, grow up healthy and strong, then immediately after birth, start with taking air baths. This will be the first hardening procedure for the baby. Fresh air is simply necessary for babies, since their oxygen consumption is much higher than that of adults. Water procedures are no less important for hardening. It has long been believed that water has healing and healing properties.
Another method of hardening, which is most effective when using the previous two (air baths and water procedures), is sunbathing. After all, hardening is a complex system from which not a single link should be excluded.
Hardening is dousing with cold water. Perhaps this is the most common myth. Many parents believe that their baby is still too young to be bathed in cold water. But hardening is not limited to cold pouring. You can start hardening a little baby by taking five-minute air baths indoors at room temperature. In this case, he must be left naked.
If you start hardening, then to the maximum. This approach cannot lead to something good, and the child can get sick. A sense of proportion is always necessary, especially when it comes to the smallest. You need to see the difference in rubbing the baby with a mitten soaked in water, which actually stimulates the baby's immunity, and bathing in ice water.
Sunbathing can be taken without restrictions. Not only is it not recommended, but also strictly prohibited. Young children lack a certain pigment in their skin - melanin, which protects the skin of the baby from burning, so if you sunbathe in the open sun in the hottest hours of the day, the skin of children can burn in a matter of minutes. In addition, at present, a particular danger is fraught with an increased level of radiation in some areas, which little children do not need at all. Let your little ones sunbathe in the shade of trees before lunchtime and after 5pm.
In winter, you should not walk outside with your child for more than an hour. In fact, winter air is much healthier than summer air, it has the highest oxygen content. Winter walks are also a great way to harden children. If the child feels well and is warmly dressed, then the walking time can be up to 2 hours, and if the child is over a year old, then even longer.
If I start to temper the child, he will definitely get sick. Not true. If you set a gradual load, make sure that the child does not freeze during hardening procedures, postpone procedures, if the child has a slight cold or is cold outside, etc., then hardening, on the contrary, will help to defeat many diseases.
The air conditioner is not harmful to the child. In order to harden the mother, very often they turn on the air conditioner so that the room has cool air. This should not be done in the presence of a child in the room. Very often, otitis media develops from an air conditioner even in adults, not to mention children. The air conditioner in the car is also dangerous if it maintains the temperature lower than outside.
Hardening procedures should be carried out when it is convenient for you or when you have free time. This is far from the case. First, hardening is a systematic exercise, and if you take a long break, you will have to start all over again. Secondly, if you are going to start hardening, pay attention to what mood the child is. If he is upset about something, wants to sleep or eat, then it is better to postpone classes. And thirdly, a child is also a little man with his own desires. Do not impose hardening procedures on him if he wants to do something else.
The child needs to start hardening when he is sick. Many parents find that hardening will help deal with a cold. In fact, a child should only be hardened when he is completely healthy. Then it will be less likely that he will get sick.
A child should not go barefoot: in summer he needs to wear cotton socks, and in winter - knitted or woolen socks. There is no special need for socks neither in winter nor in summer. Walking barefoot is a great hardening technique. And do not worry that the child will catch a cold. The main thing is to start with a few minutes and gradually increase the time, especially in summer. In winter, light socks will be enough. And do not think that if you are freezing, then the child is cold. Most likely, you are sitting, and the child is doing 100 movements per minute. Walking barefoot on sand or grass in the summer is no less useful.
It is best to temper the child at home, under your supervision. This is not the best way, but if there are no other options, then it is also not bad. At home, you need to start hardening the child from birth. But already from the age of 2-3 years, specialists should be engaged in hardening. For example, you can enroll a child in the pool and walk with him, but under the guidance of a coach. A wide range of hardening procedures are now offered in kindergartens: from hardening with cryomassage to wiping with snow. At the same time, educators with medical education are involved with children.