How much emphasis we give to breastfeeding our babies, despite all the difficulties we face in doing so, just so that we can boost their immunity and keep them free of infections and diseases? But when they grow up as toddlers and school-goers, we are so lost on how we can boost their immunity and help minimize the number of bugs that they fall prey to, causing respiratory and gastronomical illnesses all the time.
The heavy pollution in the city is one of the key reasons that kids seem to be down with a cold more often than not. And this obviously gets accelerated when they go to school since someone is always down with a bug and our children tend to catch it. The only way out of this circle is to boost their immunity so that their capacity to combat infections increases.
The Right Diet
Although easier said than done, one must ensure that tons of fruits and vegetables form a part of their diet which provide a lot of vitamins and hence help in boosting children’s immunity. I always try and give fruits and vegetables in a fun way so that my kiddo looks forward to it.
Yogurt, with its probiotic properties is also a great way to build their immunity. The chances of colds and throat infections reduce with the inclusion of yogurt in their diet. You don’t need to serve yogurt in the plain boring manner. I always try and make it interesting by adding fruits or making a smoothie!
Nuts like almonds and walnuts should also form a part of their diet either directly or mixed in foods to improve their immunity.
An immunity building nutritional supplement can also be of great help to build their immunity. I came across Cipla’s Immuno Boosters which comes in the form of a choco-bite which obviously your kid will never say no to!! It contains a combination of Vitamin A, Vitamin B9, Vitamin C and Iron plus 7 other nutrients all of which help in boosting immunity. My child has a major sweet tooth, so it’s just super easy to hand a piece of this chocobite and she is more than happy to consume it.
It’s a great idea to provide a lot of time for outdoor play in parks. This has a two fold effect, firstly it helps them release stress and secondly, their oxygen-intake goes up, both these help boost immunity. It’s actually one of the simplest ways to ensure that your kid stays healthy..
It’s of utmost importance that kids not only get the right amount of sleep but also maintain a steady sleep-wake schedule for their bodies to function better. Well-rested children are less likely to fall prey to infections. I always notice that when sleep schedules go topsy turvy, my kiddo just starts looking out of sorts and that is the start of some infection coming by.
Improving Quality of Air
Children in cities are continuously exposed to polluted air and hence it’s important that we improve the quality of the air they breathe in different ways. Firstly, they need to be kept away from smokers as passive smoking can hit a child’s immunity heavily. Taking them away from the city to less polluted areas for short breaks is another way of improving the quality of air intake for them. Walks, treks excursions to green areas are great too. I personally keep an air purifier on through the night to improve the air quality in the house.
Boosting your child’s immunity will ensure that your child’s sick days reduce and this makes their upbringing so much easier and fun. Doing simple things which do not really increase your work but nevertheless, ensure that the kids are healthier is probably the smartest way of focusing on their health. And doing a few things can really go a long way not only today but also in the long term.