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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

‘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.

 

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| Dec 03, 2018

Thanks for this very useful info

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| Jul 28, 2018

Thanks mam... ur suggestion is always helpful for us. I am giving my kid pediasure for better immunity.

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| May 06, 2018

Truly very needed discussion on this topic. Try out cipla immuno booster to take care of immunity of your kid.

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| Apr 19, 2018

we should start the upper food once the child is 8-9 months old . I did it when my daughter was 8 months old. As the child activities increase as they grow so they need more energy and to increase their immunity we should start the upper . as the child grows she feels more hungry and mothers milk is not enough. immuno boosters help them to increase their immunity and energy . so we should give them healthy food like vegetable soups, smashed potatoes etc. its OK if we give the child who is 21 mths old.

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| Apr 19, 2018

we should start the upper food once the child is 8-9 months old . I did it when my daughter was 8 months old. As the child activities increase as they grow so they need more energy and to increase their immunity we should start the upper . as the child grows she feels more hungry and mothers milk is not enough. immuno boosters help them to increase their immunity and energy . so we should give them healthy food like vegetable soups, smashed potatoes etc. its OK if we give the child who is 21 mths old.

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| Apr 19, 2018

we should start the upper food once the child is 8-9 months old . I did it when my daughter was 8 months old. As the child activities increase as they grow so they need more energy and to increase their immunity we should start the upper . as the child grows she feels more hungry and mothers milk is not enough. immuno boosters help them to increase their immunity and energy . so we should give them healthy food like vegetable soups, smashed potatoes etc. its OK if we give the child who is 21 mths old

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| Apr 19, 2018

we should start the upper food once the child is 8-9 months old . I did it when my daughter was 8 months old. As the child activities increase as they grow so they need more energy and to increase their immunity we should start the upper . as the child grows she feels more hungry and mothers milk is not enough. immuno boosters help them to increase their immunity and energy . so we should give them healthy food like vegetable soups, smashed potatoes etc. its OK if we give the child who is 21 mths old

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| Apr 07, 2018

thank you

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| Feb 09, 2018

thank u so much mam but is these immunity boosters can be given to 21 months baby... is she can digest papaya... capsicum... broccoli etc

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| Feb 02, 2018

thank you

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| Feb 02, 2018

thank you

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| Feb 02, 2018

thank you

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| Feb 02, 2018

thank you

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| Feb 02, 2018

thank you

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| Dec 11, 2017

thank you mam man for your valuable reply

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| Dec 11, 2017

thank you mam man for your valuable reply

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| Oct 31, 2017

thank u so much .... I was almost ready to buy the nebulizer

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| Oct 13, 2017

Thank u

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| Sep 14, 2017

ragi flakes can be given to a baby boy of 12months

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| Sep 14, 2017

ragi flakes can be given to a baby boy of 12months

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| Sep 10, 2017

Thank u so much

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| Sep 10, 2017

Thank u so much

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| Sep 05, 2017

Thank you soon much

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| Sep 02, 2017

thanku

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| Aug 01, 2017

thank u so much ..

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| Aug 01, 2017

thank u so much ..

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| Jul 24, 2017

thNku so much

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| Jul 17, 2017

thanks for gud suggestions. .thanku

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| Jul 16, 2017

is there any home remedies to cure cough and cold instead of alopathy

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| Jun 26, 2017

Thanks for the info

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| Mar 05, 2017

thank uu... very useful writing...

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| Dec 31, 2016

8 MONTH YEAR BABY. PLZ ADVICE ME HE OFTNE FALL WITH COUGH AND FEVER

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| Dec 19, 2016

very well written... very useful tips... thanks

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| Dec 11, 2016

I use normal dabur chawanprash for my 2 year old son... one spoon daily

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| Dec 09, 2016

Thanks its very useful....

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| Dec 09, 2016

Which chyawanprashis good for 2 year old!! Please suggest

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| Dec 05, 2016

Tulsa juice is very for boosting immunity. There's a medicine in homeopathy names ocimum sanctum, that's excellent. My daughter used to suffer from cough and cold very often till 3yrs of age.. that's when a doctor recommended this medicine. After using it continuosly for 2yrs, my daughter's immunity has become excellent. Now hardly she catches cold and even if it happens just a spoon of chyawanprash is good enough to cure it. I have not given her medication for cough or cold since ages. She is 5 yrs now. I will be using the same medicine for my son as well..

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| Dec 05, 2016

Heat mustard oil .. once hot enuf add garlic , ajwain and methi seeds .. simmer for 3 - 4 mins .. do not strain. Keep d oil as it is .. apply every night on soles n chest n cover feet with socks aftr application . Warm d oil before application . This will prevent common cold n cough in children .. particularly in this winter season. Hope it helps! ☺

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| Dec 05, 2016

vry useful information.... vl try all this for my kid. thanx

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| Dec 04, 2016

Hi.. Nice article, I do all the things you said. But immunity of my children is very bad. What should I do. They suffer once in a month sure. They have running nose, cough and fever regularly. My son is six and daughter is one year old. Please tell me something new for getting good immunity. 5 To 1

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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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| Nov 29, 2016

usefull article....

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| Nov 05, 2016

informative

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| Nov 01, 2016

useful article

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| Oct 14, 2016

thanks a lot

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| Oct 14, 2016

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

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| Oct 14, 2016

very useful as winter is not too far

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| Oct 03, 2016

thank u....

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| Oct 02, 2016

Thank you mam..

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| Mar 02, 2016

Very nice tips . Easy to follow. Thanks

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| Nov 30, 2015

Thank you was useful will follow thease

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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 02, 2015

Apt one fr the upcoming season

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| Nov 01, 2015

Thanks. I am also facing same problem thanks once again

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| Oct 29, 2015

Good one

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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

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

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| Oct 27, 2015

Thank you so much for dis useful information. Surely helps

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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 22, 2015

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

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| Sep 30, 2015

Very useful information. Thanks.

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| Sep 29, 2015

Useful information for worrying moms. Thank you.

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| Sep 28, 2015

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

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| Sep 24, 2015

Thanks a ton for d valuable information

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| Sep 24, 2015

Nice useful information.. !!

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| Sep 24, 2015

Thank you... its very usefull information

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| Sep 24, 2015

Thank you so much for sharing such useful information..

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| Sep 24, 2015

Very useful info.

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| Sep 23, 2015

Very useful information

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| Sep 23, 2015

thanx anurima for sharing the information

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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 21, 2015

Very useful tips.... Thanks

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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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| Aug 09, 2015

Very useful information!!

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| Aug 07, 2015

Please suggest some remedies as my 3 year daughter has adenoids

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| Aug 06, 2015

Useful info...

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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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| Jul 10, 2015

Thanks for uselful tips..

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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 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 02, 2015

Pls suggest the diet for underweight child six years old

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| Jul 01, 2015

Worth Sharing !!

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| Jul 01, 2015

Info very useful.. Thanks a lot..

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| Jun 30, 2015

Thanks a lot for this infrmation

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| Jun 30, 2015

Good information

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| Jun 30, 2015

Useful

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| Jun 30, 2015

Very well written .

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| Jun 29, 2015

Helpful tips . thnx

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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

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

Very useful information... Thanks..

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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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| Feb 23, 2015

Nice tips

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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 22, 2015

Very nice thanx alot

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| Feb 22, 2015

Thank u for 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 21, 2015

Thanks you for good n useful information...

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| Feb 21, 2015

Tq good information

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| Feb 21, 2015

Thank you..

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| Feb 21, 2015

Very nice

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| Feb 20, 2015

Very useful information

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| Jan 22, 2015

Thank you for your valuable info

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| Jan 20, 2015

Thanx

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| Jan 20, 2015

Thanks for this information

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| Nov 03, 2014

Thanks for the use full information

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| Jun 07, 2014

very useful information ANURIMA thanks a lot

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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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| Feb 06, 2014

Very useful.. Thanku.

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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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| 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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| 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 21, 2013

Very useful information... thanks..

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| Dec 18, 2013

Very useful information thanks

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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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