Easy ways to develop immunity in child

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Kids are more prone to cold and flu but there are certain ways through which you can take to help reduce their number of sick days.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is very essential to protect your child from various viruses that they are exposed to. There are certain methods you can adopt in order to empower yourself with the right tools to boost your kid’s immunity. These methods can boost their defenses as well as speed up the healing process.

Maintain a healthy gut

Taking care of kid’s gut is one of the most essential things as about 70% of immunity lies in the intestine. Include Probiotics in their diet they contain live bacteria which help in increasing good bacteria and decreasing bad bacteria present in the intestine. Add yogurt or butter milk as a part of their daily diet. You can also add probiotics supplement like Yakult in your toddler’s diet (above 1 year old).

However, one must consult their pediatrician while including Probiotic supplement in your kid’s diet.

Sleep

Sleep is very essential for healthy development of a child as well building stronger immunity. According to the National Sleep Foundation, toddlers between the ages of 1-2 years need 11-14 hours of sleep per night, preschoolers between the ages of 3-5 need 11-13 hours of sleep per night and school children between the ages of 6-13 need 9-11 hours of sleep per night. In order to improve their quality of sleep make them sleep in a dark room. This is because the sleep hormone, melatonin, is secreted in the dark.

Serve more food and vegetables

Carrots, green beans, oranges, strawberries: They all contain carotenoids, which are immunity-boosting phytonutrients, says William Sears, M.D., author of The Family Nutrition Book. Studies show that a diet rich in phytonutrients can also protect against such chronic diseases as cancer and heart disease in adulthood. Try to get your child to eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day.

Exercise daily with your toddlers

According to Ranjit Chandra, M.D., a pediatric immunologist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland exercise increases the number of natural killer cells in adults—and regular activity can benefit kids in the same way. "Exercise with them rather than just urge them to go outside and play," says Renee Stucky, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Columbia, Missouri. Fun family activities include bike riding, hiking, inline skating, basketball, and tennis.

Published on: 01st April 2020

FAQ's

Include Probiotics in their diet they contain live bacteria which help in increasing good bacteria and decrease bad bacteria.

Sleep is very essential for healthy development of a child as well building stronger immunity.