Coping with Spring fatigue
We have all experienced lethargy and sleepiness, above all in Spring. The same applies to children, who may be a little crotchety and even down in the dumps in Spring.
This is what is known as “Spring fatigue” that produces different symptoms. Let's take a look at the symptoms, understand the causes and defeat them.
Generally speaking, the main cause is a vitamin deficiency that makes it difficult for our body to recover and adapt to the climate changes. Our kids will seem to be more listless and sluggish when the season changes.
The symptoms of spring fatigue in children may vary quite considerably and are not always perfectly understood by parents. The most common symptoms in children are tiredness, irritability, headaches, sensitivity to changes in the weather, a drop in mood, and you may also find they are discontented and crotchety, above all when you say “no” and may throw “temper tantrums” for no apparent reason.
Don’t panic! If your child seems to a changeling in April, don’t despair, but try to help him overcome the difficult moment he is experiencing, without even knowing why.
How can you help your child if he suffers from “Spring fatigue”?
- Napping: taking a nap during the day will help your child recover energy. Also make sure that your children are getting enough sleep, by sending them to bed early!
- Vitamin D: sunlight, which stimulates the production of serotonin, helps children who experience spring fatigue. So, get your children to spend more time outdoors.
- Vitamins: make sure that your child’s diet in spring gives him the extra energy he needs! Fruit and vegetables, as well as bread and cereals, milk and dairy products, meat and vegetable proteins, fats and oils are all important.
- Mineral salts: calcium and iron are essential at this time of the year, to ensure correct protein synthesis.
- Respect natural rhythms: let your child sleep when he is tired and eat when he is hungry.
In Spring, it is important not to stress your kids, so try to relax by doing simple things like taking them for a walk in the countryside, reading a fairy tale or drawing together.