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Child's Immunity Boosting Home Remedies and Prevention Tactics

Anurima
3 to 7 years

Created by Anurima
Updated on Dec 21, 2017

Childs Immunity Boosting Home Remedies and Prevention Tactics
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‘Mummy, my nose is blocked and I cannot breath! Do something!’ is a phrase I hear every few months since the time my child started talking. The minute I hear those words, I get into a panic mode fearing what is to follow- cough, which will last for weeks, runny nose and fever to name a few ailments.  Then begins the ritual of making warm soups; repeated blowing of nose; washing of hands several times; keeping the medicines handy and gearing up for a few sleepless nights.

With the onset of winter, the thought that my child may fall prey to the seasonal flu is not something I look forward to. I hear this as a fear shared by my fellow parents as well. A couple of questions I hear from fellow parents and even wonder myself are - 

How do I prevent my child from falling ill so often? How can I boost my child’s immune system?

I decided to look up for some simple home remedies and prevention tactics which can help your child fight off those seasonal germs, strengthen his/her immunity and well, give you some peace of mind J

 

List of handy Immunity Boosting Tips/Ideas:

1. A healthy diet: A balanced diet, rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Omega 3, Carotenoids and Probiotics can help strengthen your child’s immunity. So which foods should you include in your child’s diet to ensure that he/she gets the required amount of the above boosters?

Vitamin C: Guavas, Papayas, Oranges, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kiwis, Bell Peppers (Capsicum) and Strawberries to name a few

Vitamin E: Spinach, Tofu, Almonds, Olive Oil, Broccoli, Squash and Pumpkin

Omega 3: Walnuts, Fish (Salmon & Sardines), Soybeans, Tofu and Shrimps.

Carotenoids: Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Carrots, Broccoli and Pumpkin

Probiotics: Yogurt is one of the best source

2. Breast feed your baby: Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to boost immunity in your child right from the start. Breast milk contains plenty of antibodies which help reduce the risk of infections, allergies, urinary tract infections and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

3. Ensure adequate sleep: Sleep deprivation can make your child chronically tired, which then increases the risk of catching an infection or a longer recovery period. Newborns need up to 18 hours of sleep, toddlers 12 to 13 hours and preschoolers need up to 10 hours of sleep. If your child does not like to nap or has difficulty in sleeping, speaking to his/her paediatrician could help you find a solution.

4. Keep vaccinations up to date: Vaccines provide immunity to many childhood illnesses. It is advisable to follow the recommended vaccines at the appropriate age and frequency. Some doctors also recommend additional vaccines under special circumstances and they may be administered depending on the situation and weighing the pros and cons.

5.Exercise: Encourage your child to play outdoors. As per research, regular activity for 30 minutes can cut your child’s risk of catching a cold by 50%. So head out for a small stroll or accompany your child to the park or play games together for some quality time along with that much needed exercise.

6. Reduce exposure to second hand smoke: Children who are regularly exposed to second hand smoke are more prone to ear infections, bronchitis, coughs, colds and other respiratory problems. Cigarette smoke is known to linger on in furnishings and upholstery such as sofas, carpets, bed linen and curtains long after the cigarette has been put off. Small children breathe at a faster rate and inhale more toxins (as much as 4000 different types of known toxins) than an adult. To limit your child’s exposure to second hand smoke, you may do the following:

Keep the house a smoke free zone.

Request all smokers to smoke outside the house and well away from the children.

7. Go easy on medication: Regular use of medicines supresses immunity and weakens the body. You may avoid medicating your child immediatly as s/he falls sick, unless it is necessary or prescribed by the Doctor. Frequent use of antibiotics can seriously weaken your child’s immune system and also, at times may make the body resistant to the medicine itself.

8. Providing with a clean environment and maintaining hygiene: Exposure to pathogens increases immunity but over exposure to them has the opposite effect on the immune system. Keeping the home environment clean; encouraging frequent washing of the hands; practising personal hygiene such as brushing teeth twice a day, replacing the toothbrush every few months, bathing and wearing clean clothes are some of the best ways to keep your child healthy and also a good way to inculcate hygienic practices.

As your child grows, his/her immune system will also get stronger. In the meanwhile, I hope that the above tips shall help you improve your child’s health and boost his/her immunity. It is common for a toddler to suffer from 8 to 10 colds per year and this too, in a way, helps develop your child’s immune system. You may not be able to prevent your child from falling sick, but making a few lifestyle changes may go a long way in improving your child’s immunity and keeping your family healthy.

 

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Dec 18, 2013

Very pertinent to the winter season and problems related to it espc in kids. I am sure it will prove to be very useful . Thnx Anurima!

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| Dec 18, 2013

Very useful information thanks

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| Dec 21, 2013

Very useful information... thanks..

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| Dec 23, 2013

I was worried for my child's falling sick several times. Yes I used to switch to medications immediately. Thank you for the information and also for listing out the nutrients with foods they available in. Shall make note to give him. Btw can u or anyone here share in wat form can we give toddlers these nutrition. You all know how they are at eating. Would appreciate if any suggestions!

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| Dec 30, 2013

Hey Shazia, you can take a look at this following blog on important nutrients and in which foods to find them. Hope it helps: https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/is-it-important-to-follow-the-food-pyramid-for-your-child/256

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| Jan 20, 2014

Thank you very much ANURIMA. my son now 13 months old, can I feed him badam, akrut, kaju

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| Feb 06, 2014

Very useful.. Thanku.

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| May 08, 2014

ravi, u can feed all nuts once ur child is 1 year old. but pl take care of choking hazards. better to soak overnight,peel and make a paste out of badam and make a dry fruits milk shake with badam,cashew,pista,honey,figs,dates walnuts etc. ,my daughter loves it. avoid sugar in any form for kids....

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| Jun 07, 2014

very useful information ANURIMA thanks a lot

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| Nov 03, 2014

Thanks for the use full information

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| Jan 20, 2015

Thanks for this information

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| Jan 20, 2015

Thanx

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| Jan 22, 2015

Thank you for your valuable info

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| Feb 20, 2015

Very useful information

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| Feb 21, 2015

Very nice

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| Feb 21, 2015

Thank you..

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| Feb 21, 2015

Tq good information

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| Feb 21, 2015

Thanks you for good n useful information...

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| Feb 21, 2015

my son is 18 months old n presently he's havng cold cough n fever.. M on wid his medications bt der's no bttr result.. Plzz suggest..

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| Feb 22, 2015

Thank u for information

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| Feb 22, 2015

Very nice thanx alot

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| Feb 23, 2015

Hi megha gandhi You may get suggestions from fellow parents on Parent talk section. Click here- https://www.parentune.com/parent-talk/latest

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| Feb 23, 2015

Nice tips

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| Feb 24, 2015

Yaa nice article... i would like to add few more tips... kids should b given fruits in d mid morng.. nd i think we should avoid sendn our kids to pre schools if they hav cough nd cold.. so that others r nt infected.. thank u..

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| Jun 29, 2015

Very useful information... Thanks..

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| Jun 29, 2015

Gud info my child is 5 yrs but frequently need to give antibiotic every mth pl suggest sm thing can I use chavanpras

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| Jun 29, 2015

Tq for all day today info.. blogs alwz helped mothers to take care of their child in every ways.

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| Jun 29, 2015

Helpful tips . thnx

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| Jun 30, 2015

Very well written .

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| Jun 30, 2015

Useful

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| Jun 30, 2015

Good information

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| Jun 30, 2015

Thanks a lot for this infrmation

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| Jul 01, 2015

Info very useful.. Thanks a lot..

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| Jul 01, 2015

Worth Sharing !!

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| Jul 02, 2015

Pls suggest the diet for underweight child six years old

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| Jul 02, 2015

Hi Neena This blog may be of some help to you- https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/help-my-child-is-underweight/381

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| Jul 04, 2015

Really useful tips!! Even I used to resort to medicine very frequently whenever my child used to have common Cold. This is an eye-opener. can any suggest home remedy for sore throat in kids

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| Jul 10, 2015

Thanks for uselful tips..

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| Jul 10, 2015

Can u suggests some tips for my seven yr old he has recurrent tonsilitis

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| Aug 06, 2015

Useful info...

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| Aug 07, 2015

Please suggest some remedies as my 3 year daughter has adenoids

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| Aug 09, 2015

Very useful information!!

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| Sep 21, 2015

Pls change the login in mode to parentune. When I have already liked the FB Page of Parentune, why should I again login to parentune to read any posts.

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| Sep 21, 2015

Very useful tips.... Thanks

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| Sep 21, 2015

Information is very useful. Appreciate if you can share more options for each Vitamin, Omega and other 2 points under balanced diet. Any milk item is allergic for my son.

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| Sep 23, 2015

thanx anurima for sharing the information

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| Sep 23, 2015

Very useful information

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| Sep 24, 2015

Very useful info.

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| Sep 24, 2015

Thank you so much for sharing such useful information..

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| Sep 24, 2015

Thank you... its very usefull information

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| Sep 24, 2015

Nice useful information.. !!

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| Sep 24, 2015

Thanks a ton for d valuable information

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| Sep 28, 2015

This informations is very useful for me tx....

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| Sep 29, 2015

Useful information for worrying moms. Thank you.

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| Sep 30, 2015

Very useful information. Thanks.

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| Oct 22, 2015

Thanx for ur information, my son catches cold immediately after eating some kind of fruits

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| Oct 22, 2015

My daughter Nisarga suffering badly from cold.... because of coldness she got mild fever then I took her to medication now she is getting well and ur tips are also very useful.....

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| Oct 27, 2015

Thank you so much for dis useful information. Surely helps

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| Oct 29, 2015

Nice article... Thanks for the valuable info...

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| Oct 29, 2015

My 3 year old Son has the same problem, he continuously suffers from cold & cough every two or three weeks. We changed many doctors and tried many medicines but it didn't help. Finally, we started with homeopathy which seems to be working for him.

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| Oct 29, 2015

Good one

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| Nov 01, 2015

Thanks. I am also facing same problem thanks once again

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| Nov 02, 2015

Apt one fr the upcoming season

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| Nov 30, 2015

Hai I hv two kids 4 years boy nd 21 mths girl both sick often give me idea to boost imunitu

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| Nov 30, 2015

Thank you was useful will follow thease

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| Mar 02, 2016

Very nice tips . Easy to follow. Thanks

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| Oct 02, 2016

Thank you mam..

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| Oct 03, 2016

thank u....

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| Oct 14, 2016

very useful as winter is not too far

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| Oct 14, 2016

thnk u so much 4 a nice knowledge......

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| Oct 14, 2016

thanks a lot

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| Nov 01, 2016

useful article

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| Nov 05, 2016

informative

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| Nov 29, 2016

usefull article....

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| Dec 04, 2016

hey guys want to share my experience.... tulsi juice with honey in empty stomach helps a lot for increasing immunity... and 2nd something like chawanprash in cold... my son suffers from heavy cold in every 2 months n always dr. puts injection which is very painful... so I m trying everything to increase my baby's immunity.... thanks parentune for ur guidelines...

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