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Health alert: How to Build Strong Immunity in Your Child

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Updated on Mar 24, 2017

Health alert How to Build Strong Immunity in Your Child

One of the biggest concerns a mother has about her child is poor immunity. Weather changes, increase in pollution, exposure to extreme hot or cold conditions etc. are some reasons because of which children end up falling sick frequently. External factors are something over which we have no control. However, we definitely can control boosting the child’s immunity by maintaining proper hygiene at home. 

Tips to Build Strong Immune System in Your Baby

If you have a newborn, a toddler or a school going child, here are some simple remedies that can help fight off those seasonal germs, strengthen his/her immunity and well, give you some peace of mind. Here goes the list of a few handy tips:

#1. A Healthy Diet:

A balanced diet, rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Omega 3, and anti-oxidants such as carotenoids and probiotics can help strengthen your child’s immunity. These are available in fruits and vegetables such as guavas, papayas, oranges, broccoli, kiwis, bell peppers, carrots, spinach and pumpkin. Also tofu, almonds, walnuts, fish, soyabean, and yogurt are some foods, which when taken regularly, help in boosting immunity. 

#2. Breast Feed Your Child:

Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to boost immunity of your child. Breast milk contains plenty of antibodies which help reduce the risk of infections, allergies, urinary tract infections and give your child health for life. For a mother who is not able to breastfeed her baby directly (due to demands of work, sore nipples or other reasons), expressing breast milk, using a comfortable breast pump is also a feasible solution.

#3. Maintaining Hygiene through Proper Sterilisation:

Exposure to pathogens increases immunity but over exposure can have counter effects on the immune system. Keeping the home environment clean, encouraging frequent hand-washing and practicing personal hygiene are some basic pointers which we are all aware of. 

Also Read:  Stop Boiling Bottles

 But for infants, sterilisation of her bottles, utensils, breast pump equipment and articlesof use such as teethers is the most important routine to follow. The process of sterilisation exposes objects to steam, killing bacteria which boiling fails to do. Boiling is not effective as it only disinfects, reducing harmful microorganisms. But sterilisation is the process of killing all microorganisms, thereby ensuring your little one is safe from diseases such as milk thrush (a common, but painful, fungal infection of the mouth, mostly attributed to un-sterilised milkdrinking equipment), gastroenteritis, and even common cold and cough. 

One of the options available for a new mother would be Philips Avent 3-in-1 electric steam sterilizer. The sterilizer uses natural steam to sterilize baby bottles and other products in six minutes without using chemicals. 

Philips Avent steriliser will keep its contents - baby bottles, breast pumps etc - sterile for up to 24 hours if the lid is unopened. It comes with a 2 years replacement guarantee and has a unique modular design that can be adapted to 3 sizes, depending on how many things you want to sterilise in one go. Use the smallest size when you are travelling as it becomes slim enough to fit in a regular bag. Thus keeping your baby safe everywhere. 

 

 

#4. Ensure Adequate Exercise and Rest:

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%. Spend some time in the park every day playing ball or just racing—good workout as well as bonding time. Even infants need exercise, which they get when left free of the floor/bed, through flailing their arms and legs, trying to roll over or crawling.

But with exercise comes the need for adequate amount of rest too. Sleep deprivation increase 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. 

#5. Update Yourself About Vaccinations Regularly:

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 after weighing the pros and cons.

#6. Choose Home-Remedies Over too Much of Medication:

Regular use of medication, especially anti-biotics can make your child, in future, resistant to the same. Therefore avoid medicating your child for every small irregularity in health. It is a commonly known fact that children upto 3 years of age, can have 8-10 bouts of cold and cough in a year. So, the next time your child has a light cold, instead of administering medication, try symptom relieving therapies such as steam, hot oil massages on back and chest (to relieve congestion) and nasal washes (saline-based nasal sprays). More often than not, these remedies in themselves will provide your child with immediate relief. But, having said that, if your child seems particularly uncomfortable, it is okay to check with a doctor.

#7. Check for Supplements:

For older children, check with your doctor for supplements such as Vitamin D, multi-vitamin or multi-mineral etc. Remember, as your child grows, his/her immune system will also get stronger. Upto 3-4 years is a particularly difficult time (especially vis-a-vi common cold and coughs), as children’s immunity is still building up.

In the meanwhile, hope that the above tips shall help improve your child’s health and boost his/her immunity. 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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| Mar 25, 2018

like these tips..

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| Jun 16, 2017

hi my baby has completed six month. so i want to feed him with bottle. but he doesn't accept that .i am warried .what shoud i do...

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| Apr 20, 2017

thanks 4 d valuable info

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| Apr 20, 2017

my baby is 1yr old BT she won't sleep 10hr also. shez active she will play evri Tim & shez under weight (7. 5kg). hw to improve her weight. I do breastfeeding, smooth rice & cerelak I giv daily

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| Apr 20, 2017

sir / mam which oil we should use to massage baby while cold and cough. ?

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| Apr 12, 2017

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| Mar 29, 2017

thnk u so much

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| Mar 28, 2017

Very valuable information.... Hiii 5 guyz for the knowledge

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| Mar 28, 2017

Valuable info... thnxx for sharing:)

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| Mar 27, 2017

Really true.. thanks for sharing useful info

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| Mar 23, 2017

very needful info

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| Mar 13, 2017

can I know home remedy for cough for 4mnths baby r above plz

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| Mar 06, 2017

very good information

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| Mar 06, 2017

Best & needful information

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| Mar 06, 2017

good information

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| Mar 06, 2017

I completely agree

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| Mar 06, 2017

thanks for information

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| Mar 03, 2017

good information

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| Mar 03, 2017

a true matter

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| Mar 02, 2017

thanks very useful

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| Mar 01, 2017

useful info

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| Feb 28, 2017

superb information ...

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| Feb 27, 2017

very good information

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| Feb 27, 2017

Thank u so much

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| Feb 19, 2017

thanks for the information

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| Feb 19, 2017

thanks for informing

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| Feb 19, 2017

thanks for sharing useful information

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| Jan 10, 2017

Useful information for all

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| Jan 10, 2017

Thank u for information

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| Jan 10, 2017

thq fr sharing yar it s very helpful to all mother's

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| Jan 10, 2017

Thanks for sharing .

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| Jan 10, 2017

hi frnds, my kiddoo of 3 months old, is sneezing not less than 4 times everyday since long time. n also not sleeping sufficiently. how can I overcome that, please help me. does this affects his immunity?

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| Sep 23, 2016

@Tanushree please consult your paediatrician for the required supplements for your child.

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| Sep 22, 2016

Thank U for your valuable informations...

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| Sep 18, 2016

Thanx a lot for ur useful information ☺

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| Sep 16, 2016

Thank you for sharing the information

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| Sep 16, 2016

which supplements can we give ?

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| Sep 16, 2016

very useful tips

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| Sep 15, 2016

thank for suggestions. good articles.

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| Sep 15, 2016

thank you for the information

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| Aug 25, 2016

what are the supplements of vit d

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| Aug 24, 2016

thanks a lots for important information

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| Aug 24, 2016

thanks a lots for important information

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| Aug 16, 2016

thq for your useful information

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| Aug 05, 2016

Thank you so much for the good and important information

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| Jul 06, 2016

my baby 20 day old is not sleeping properly pls suggest me

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| Jul 05, 2016

Pallavi, you can safely breastfeed your baby till the age of two.

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| Jul 02, 2016

@ aditi dont worry this happens with almost all the babies he/she will increase his weight during the upcoming days

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| Jul 01, 2016

till what age of baby do we need breastfeed

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| Jun 30, 2016

@aditi there is nothing to worry, as babies tend to lose initial weight. the baby will gain this weight in coming days. However if you are concerned then you may consult your paediatrician.

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| Jun 30, 2016

my baby 15 day old his weight reduce birth date plz tell me

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| Jun 30, 2016

my baby 15 day old his weight reduce birth date plz tell me

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| Jun 08, 2016

Building a child's immunity is important. Here is a blog that can help you - https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/5-home-remedies-for-runny-nose-in-toddlers/706

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| Jun 07, 2016

pls tell some home remedies for cough and cold... my child is 6 months old

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| Jun 07, 2016

For a child healthy eating is as important as tasty. Explore what and which taste is more attractive to the child and keep exploring. As a baby, the child is also exploring new tastes. Give it a little time and keep trying.

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| Jun 06, 2016

I try to give healthy food to my child being he is fussy eater. But I don't feel it's helping. What to do

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| Jun 06, 2016

I try to give healthy food to my child being he is fussy eater. But I don't feel it's helping. What to do

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| Jun 05, 2016

Also, don't medicate your child for small ailments like common cold or mild diarrhoea. The body will develop ways to fight it naturally, only if you let the body do so.

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| Jun 03, 2016

These are good suggestions. Can this also be used for sterilisng utensils of older child?

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| May 24, 2016

Good information

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| May 21, 2016

tanks for valuable information

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| May 17, 2016

really good information for all

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| May 16, 2016

Thanks for this valuable information

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| May 16, 2016

Thanks for this valuable information

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| May 16, 2016

Ya Its really informative.

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| May 14, 2016

great information

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| May 12, 2016

Help full

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| May 10, 2016

Very much informative

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| May 10, 2016

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| May 10, 2016

Very informative

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| May 10, 2016

Great information

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| May 05, 2016

gud information.......

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| May 05, 2016

Thanx for d information

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| May 04, 2016

Useful information thank u

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| May 04, 2016

It is very useful thank you very much

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| May 04, 2016

Very useful information

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| May 04, 2016

Thanks for information it will really helpful fir parents

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| May 04, 2016

thanks alot for useful information. ..

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| May 04, 2016

very informative ! thank you

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| May 04, 2016

Very informative! Thank you so much fo sharing!

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| May 04, 2016

Good article

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| May 04, 2016

Thanks Parentune for quite an informative article on building child's immunity.

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| May 04, 2016

useful article

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| May 04, 2016

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