Time-Tested Ways To Boost Your Child's Immunity
What’s childhood without playing in the rains, jumping in puddles and swinging away in parks and play areas? But as parents, we’re always so paranoid and worried about our child’s health, since the immunity of a child is not as strong as an adult’s.
Hence, we understand your concern, but that shouldn’t stop you from letting your kids play freely and enjoying the little things!
Here are few ways that have been proven to boost your child's immunity:
It's a proven fact that kids who are breast fed have much stronger immunity than those who are fed formula-based milk. Human Milk is packed with all the essential nutrients like Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, to name a few, that are vital to boost your baby’s immunity, spur growth and also prevent long term chronic illnesses. Not only this, it is also said that kids that are breast fed are said to have a higher IQ than those who are not
Wash Those Tiny Hands
Kids are always exploring and playing, which makes it so important to wash their hands. Parents should develop the habit of washing hands at an early age, not only before meals and after using the washroom, but also after playtime or after coming back from somewhere. If not hand wash, sanitizer could also be used. This helps in keeping the germs away at all times. Especially with the ongoing pandemic, this has become a very important habit for everyone
Sleep & Snooze time
While food is one of the most important things to boost your munchkin’s immunity, sleep and rest play an equally important role. Getting your kids to sleep is one of the most difficult tasks of parenting, but having a fixed sleep cycle is extremely beneficial in the long run. Doctors recommend at least 12-14 hours of sleep everyday for rapid mental and physical growth and development. It also lowers risks of obesity, diabetes and learning problems.
Bye-bye Sugar, Hello Fruits!
Most of us have a sweet tooth. However, sugar is said to hamper your child’s immunity in several ways. Get your kids hooked to berries and smoothies instead of candies and sugar loaded juices and milkshakes. Fruits like oranges, strawberries, blueberries, kiwifruit and guavas are high in Vitamin C which are antioxidants that help protect cells against injury and also makes the healing process faster. Get creative with homemade desserts, try to replace sugar with jaggery wherever you can. However, limiting is better than forbidding
Positive environment can be extremely beneficial for your child. Playing games, eating meals together, or even just sitting and talking to each other can create a good atmosphere for your child’s growth and development. This is also a great way to bond and make them feel safe and loved
Nuts like almonds and walnuts are a high source of Vitamin E and Omega-3 which are needed to fight off bacteria and are great to cut respiratory infections and flu. Not only this, they also contain phytonutrients which are essential for brain development. They work as great, healthy snacks to munch on if your child is hungry during odd hours.
Mushrooms provide Vitamin B, Vitamin D and several essential Amino Acids which help in fighting infections. Oyster and Shiitake Mushrooms are said to have the highest amount of fiber and nutrients.
c. Go Green:
Veggies like Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Bell Peppers, etc boost your immune system and must be part of your child’s daily diet. They contain antioxidants which protect immune cells against free radicals and also reduces inflammation
Yogurt contains good bacteria, vitamins and calcium which help in fighting infections, improving digestive tract and spurring healthy bone development. Add a few berries, and make it a fun and colorful evening snack for your kids!