Is your child sick and want to know how to boost immunity in kids? Every parent tries to keep their babies away from all the endless germs and bacteria that their kids get exposed to everyday. But unfortunately, getting sick is something that is common in children.
When we are growing up our immune system will be inexperienced and we build our immunity by fighting off viruses, bacteria and other organisms. This is why many pediatricians say getting 6 to 8 cold, flu and other infections for a child is common.
How To Increase Immunity In Child
There are some easy habits that you can follow to boost immunity in kids. Below are 7 immunity boosting tips to take care of your kid.
More Fruits And Veggies
Fruits and vegetables such as carrots, beans, strawberries and oranges contain phytonutrients that helps in boosting immunity. Phytonutrients are said to increasing white blood cells that help sin fighting infection and also antibodies called interferon that helps in blocking viruses. Several studies have also shown that phytonutrients helps in protecting out body from cancer and adulthood even in adulthood. Give your kid at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday to boost their immunity. If your child is a toddler then 1 serving is equal to 2 tablespoons. If they are older kids then 1 serving is equal to 1 cup.
More Sleep Time
Several studies conducted on adults have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to reduction of immunity and makes us more susceptible to illness. And this is true even in the case of kids, says Kathi Kemper, M.D., director of the Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research at Children’s Hospital, in Boston. This risk is more for kids who are day care since the all the activities make it difficult for them to sleep and leave them sleep deprived. You may ask how much sleep do kids need? It is recommended that babies should need 18 hrs of sleep, toddlers need 12 hrs and preschoolers need 10 hrs of sleep per day. If your child does not sleep during day time, then make him/her sleep early during night.
Breast-feed If Possible
Breast milk is said to contain immunity boosting properties that enhances white blood cells and other antibodies. They help in fighting against infections, allergies, diarrhea and other diseases. Several studies have also shown that they help in boosting baby’s brain power. A thin yellowish milk called Colostrum, that comes from breast after few days of baby’s birth is said to contain antibodies that is rich in fighting diseases. According to American Academy of Pediatrics, it is recommended that mothers to breastfeed their baby at least for a year. If this is not possible, then you should at least try to breastfeed for the first 2 to 3 months.
While exercising is a good way to improve health, it also helps in increasing natural killer cells that fights off diseases, says Ranjit Chandra, M.D., a pediatric immunologist. Instead of just telling your kids to go out and play, be a role model for them and make of habit of exercising with your children. Not only this benefits your child, it will be beneficial for the whole family. Indulge in fun family activities and sports such as cycling, football, etc.
Take Steps To Reduce Germ Spreads
While fighting off germs doesn’t mean that it will improve your immunity, it can help in reducing the stress on your kid’s immune system. You can do this by following some good habits like washing your hands with soap. This is particularly important when your kid comes back after play, petting an animal, before meals, etc. Such small habits can do a lot of good for your child. If you are going out, then carry hand sanitizers along with you. To encourage your kids to follow such habits, you can make them choose their favorite colored towels and soaps that come in shapes of their favorite cartoon character or something similar.
Another strategy to fight germs is to throw off old toothbrush. If your child is getting sick, then it can also be due to an old toothbrush. Your child may not catch the same cold or flu twice, but the virus can transfer from toothbrush. Diseases like throat infection can repeat again due to using the same toothbrush. By throwing them off can help in fighting off infections.
If any of your family members is into smoking, then stop it for the sake of your kid. Cigarette smoke is said to contain more than 4000 toxins than can kill fighter cells of your body. Passive smokers are equally infected as active smokers and kids are easily affected by them than adults since they breathe faster. Also a kid’s detoxification system is less developed than an adult, they are more prone to diseases and infections. If you are finding it hard to quit smoking or atleast trying to reduce your smoking each day, then try to keep your smoking habits out of your house.
Don’t Force Your Doctor For Medicine
Forcing your pediatrician if prescribe an antibiotic whenever your kid is having cold or flu is not a good idea. Majority of illness in children is due to viruses and antibiotics are only to kill bacteria. While some pediatricians may prescribe antibiotics coming under pressure by parents who think that it can’t hurt. But you should remember that some stubborn bacteria may resist standard treatment and make it hard to treat them as they could become antibacteria-resistant. So make sure that your pediatrician is prescribing an antibiotic not because of your pressure.
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