How to Boost Immunity in kids?
Are you worried about your child’s health during this pandemic? How to protect your child’s immunity from the endless array of germs and viruses he’s exposed every day? These questions might have aroused in every parent’s mind at least once in the past months. Our immune system is the first line barrier to protect from any kind of infections in the body. By adopting healthy habits, you can improve your child health and can boost the immune system. Here are some healthy ways to try out –
- Serve more fresh veggies and fruits in their diet
First step to improve the health is to focus on a healthy eating practise. Include more vegetables like carrots, beans, green leafy vegetables, pumpkins, gourds in the routine diet. Intake of fresh fruits like orange, lemon, kiwi, plum, avocado, berries etc. can also contribute to good health. Nuts and edibles seeds can go into the salads.
All these sources contain phytonutrients which increase production of WBCs. White blood cells fight against the infections and external invasions to the body. Researches also states a diet rich in phytonutrients can protect from chronic diseases. So try to serve fresh fruits and veggies for your kids daily.
- Boost your child’s sleep time
Sleep is an important tip to enhance the immunity irrespective of any age. Quality sleep improves productions of natural killer cells, attack from microbes and provides optimal growth in kids. How much time does a kid needs to sleep? Infant needs 16hours of quality sleep daily, toddlers need to sleep for 11 to 14 hours and pre-schoolers around 10 to 13 hours. If child is not sleeping during the day time, try to put them to bed earlier.
- Breast-feed your baby
Breast milk contains more antibodies and white blood cells which is rich in immune boosting activity. Breast feed helps to boost baby’s brain power and protects from many diseases like ear infections, allergies, diarrhoea, pneumonia, meningitis, urinary tract infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Colostrum, which is the first milk which comes from the mother after delivery is loaded with disease fighting antibodies. Exclusive breast feeding should be carried out for first six months of life and then gradually introduced to appropriate foods. After six months breastfeed can be continued up to 2 years.
- Encourage to do activities
Studies says that regular exercise or activities always keeps the rate of natural killer cells high. This is same for kids as well as adults. Always include fun activities in the family which motivates children to be cheerful and active.
- Maintain hygiene to avoid germ spread
Always keep your home and premises hygienic. Fighting germs doesn’t technically mean to boost immunity but it safeguards the risks for immune system. Make sure you kids wash their hands often using soap. This should be made compulsory before and after each meal, after playing outdoors, playing with pets, using bathroom and after each outings. Carry disposable wipes so that they can use it whenever required.
- Preventive care through Ayurveda
Our traditional science Ayurveda cannot be forgotten when it comes to wellbeing. Just like many natural medications, Ayurveda is very helpful in prevention any disease or correcting the imbalances in the body. Many parents are reluctant to try Ayurveda because of its slow results. Even though the outcome is slow, they are long-lasting as well.
Few Ayurvedic medicine to boost immunity in kids includes –
- Swarnaprashana – Practised from the age old times, Swarnaprashana is the best immune booster in kids. It not only enhances immunity in kids but also supports the physical and mental development in children. Swarnaprashana can be practised from the time of birth till 15 years. Swarna bhasma is mixed with various ayurveda herbs, honey and ghrita and administered on Pushya nakshatra day.
- Turmeric with honey – Mix ¼ tsp of turmeric with quantity sufficient honey and administer before sleep. Regular practise of this helps to strengthen immunity.
- Neem leaves for chewing – the plant is loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties, which detoxifies the body and also removes impurities from the blood. Neem leaves can be chewed twice or thrice a week.
- Tulsi leaves – The juice of tulasi leaves along with 1/2 tsp of honey can be given daily. Tulasi has unparalleled antiviral properties and protects from all kind of infections.
Milk decoction with Yashtimadhu – Children can be given milk decoction with Yashtimadhu before going to bed. If it generates too much phlegm or cough, herbs like cloves, cardamom, pepper, or cinnamon can be added to it. Hot milk with turmeric also can be taken regularly.