The Dangers of Sick Days

Saturday, August 22, 2015

     I always worry if Kenzo is showing signs of fever. I can't focus on what I'm doing and I can't even sleep at night. I became paranoid and keep on checking his temperature from time to time. He was confined in the hospital once, and I'm always praying that it won't happen again. Since Kenzo is already a pre-schooler, I don't want him to get sick because he will be absent in class. When kids skip school due to illness, they miss more than just a class – they miss opportunities for growth

     More and more Filipino children are contracting viral and bacterial disease because of weak immune systems, a recent clinical study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism reveals. This growing prevalence of infection in school-age populations is particularly urgent because a single sick day may affect many different facets of your child’s life, including time-sensitive activities like going to school to attend classes.
The Dangers of Sick Days
     Multiple sick days are likely to set back your children’s education, as well as their overall development and growth. Classes are typically dependent on very specific timelines, and whenever schoolchildren get sick, they miss valuable lessons that may prove to be crucial later on in the school year. This compromises the pacing for their growth as individuals. It can be very hard for students who are often absent to get back on track.

     With school in full swing, it’s important to make sure that your children are kept safe from infection. Thus, there is a strong need for better ways to give children the nutrients they need to stay healthy.

     Thankfully, parents have an easy, enjoyable way to help protect kids from infection and keep them in school – pineapples.
The Dangers of Sick Days
A serving of pineapple a day helps strengthen immunity

     Just what do canned pineapples have that make them our children’s new disease-fighting sidekicks? As studies show, a lot actually!

     The said clinical study checked the possible effects of canned pineapples as a practical immunity booster. A nine-week randomized, controlled trial was conducted on 98 elementary school students in Paco, Manila. The students were divided into three groups. Two of the three groups of children were regularly served Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits. The third group served as the control group and was not given any canned pineapples. 

     Only the groups who took regular servings of Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits had an increased resistance to disease and infection, with those taking two servings (140g per serving) demonstrating higher granulocyte production. 
The Dangers of Sick Days
Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits
     Granulocytes are key components of white blood cells and are important players of the immune system. They are the fighter cells that detect and kill disease-causing viruses and bacteria. Finally, a healthy solution that’s tastier than most!

     The results show that adding 2 servings of canned pineapples to your children’s daily diet goes a long way towards protecting them from sickness. Giving children #DMPineappleADay is a quick, easy, and delicious way of strengthening their immunity, while supplying much-needed nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, fiber, and manganese. 

     A stronger immune system can help prevent children from missing out on many opportunities. With this, children will be able to fight off infection, keep attending classes, and make the most of their precious time in school.


  1. yung anak kopo hindi kumakain ng Pineapple kasi kumakati po dila nya. ang nakakatuwa po favorite nya ung Del Monte Pineapple juice :)

  2. Contrary to the belief that an apple a day, keeps the doctors away. Hehe. Kidding aside, pineapple is really rich with vitamins that can help our immune system as well. Parents should really make their children love fruits like pineapple or at least prepare meals or merienda that has it.

    ♥ Louise |


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