How To Naturally Boost Child’s Immune System – 10 Tips
Making sure our children have good immune system is priority for all parents. Over the years I have learnt few things that I think work well for kids immune system and I wanted to share it with you:
- Avoid antibiotics unless it is absolutely necessary. Antibiotics help spread the infection so it can only be taken if it is unavoidable and as far as I know from the doctors here, you can only start them if the cold does not go away for more than 1o days and if the symptoms get worse.
- Give them nuts, of course if they are not allergic to it. I personally give 20-30 grams of nuts twice a week to my kids and I noticed it helps a lot with their immune system. They are great for normal growth and development and they also provide elasticity of blood vessels. Nuts are also rich of famous Antioxidant – Vitamin E.
- Give honey instead of sugar – of course if they are not allergic to it. I usually add half spoon of honey into their tea or porridge in the mornings.
- Add 1-2 cloves of garlic to their salads and soups. Garlic activates in C&E vitamins in the body and is a great source of nutrition during viral infections. If the smell is an issue for you, you can add a little bit of mint to it as well which will dissolve the unpleasant smell.
- Give your child Carrots. Carrots have pure Vitamin A and is very good for children’s health. It cleanses the blood, releases toxins and regulates the metabolism. If your child can not chew yet, you can blend it and add a little bit in their porridge, which will also give a good taste to the food. When my little daughter was teething, she also found it helpful to check on carrots as it helped to soothe pain at 9 months old.
- Give your child Salmon twice a week – Salmon contains a lot of Omega-3 which is very important for children. Omega-3 strengthens the immune system, blood vessels, brain and nervous system. In addition, the fish contains phosphorus, which acts positively on the brain activity, as well as the iodine responsible for normal functioning of the thyroid gland. It is not recommended to give fish for children under 2 because of problems related to digestion without the permission of the paediatrician. I usually buy the boneless one to make sure its all clean and safe for kids to have it.
- Always give them Vitamins – I personally give my 1 year old the Vitabiotics Multivitamins and to my 4 year old I give WellKid Vitamin D & Omega-3.
- Add a little bit of Olive Oil to their food – The ancient Greeks called olive oil the “liquid gold”. There was a time when oil was used instead of currency. It is almost entirely made of unsaturated fatty acids that reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the blood and does not affect the useful cholesterol (which is known to be vital for the child). Fats, which are part of the olive oil, are composed of maternal milk fats. Additionally, olive oil stimulates bone development in children, which is essential for the adolescent body. I personally started using it in my children’s vegetable puree and soup after 7 months of age.
- Give them lots of Water – I got my children used to drinking a lots of water, it must be a habit for them and for me it is more a religious kid of habit, they have to have a lot of water. It is important for digestion as well as the whole immune system. Although it has no nutrients, H2O is essential to your child’s health. It also helps transport nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints and protects organs and tissues, helps regulate body temperature, and maintains electrolyte (sodium) balance.
- Take a walk outside with kids – It is very important for children to get used to fresh air on daily basis. Getting outdoors on a regular basis can also improve your child’s health and wellbeing as the fresh air cleans their lungs, ridding them of impurities such as car fumes and dust. … Playing outdoors will also give children a greater appreciation for nature and wildlife.
I hope you found this helpful, please bear in mind that this is only from my own experience and before trying any of this, please consult with your child’s doctor.
Thank you for reading 🙂