There are mums who sterilize their children’s toys regularly, some clean their homes and furniture with disinfectants twice a day and some hang a bottle of sanitizer around their neck and use it for themselves and their children at every chance they get!
I have given my children a strong base through breastfeeding, good nutrition, a loving and healthy family life and a mostly non-toxic environment. But somehow, I can’t bring myself to disinfect everything they touch. If I keep my home completely sterile, won’t they fall sick every time they step outside of our home? In fact, I believe that their immunity strengthens every time they are naturally exposed to germs. Getting colds, coughs and fevers are a part and parcel of growing up and they help in building children’s immunities naturally. A strong immune system provides a child with natural defences to fight off disease.
More and more parents today are realizing that the key to a healthy child is a strong immune system. Here are a number of things you can do to help boost your child’s natural immunity:
Happy and Healthy Home life
Unconditional love and affection is one of the most important things you can give your kids. It has been observed that children who grow up in a loving and happy environment feel more secure and happy. Studies show that children who laugh more and have mostly-happy parents have stronger immune systems. Kids who grow up in a stressful environment have lower immunity levels and tend to catch infections more often. Hold, hug and kiss your kids as often as you can. Physical affection is the best way of conveying to your kids that you love them.
Breastfeed your babies
It is a well known fact that breastfed babies experience fewer infections than bottle fed babies. Breast milk contains antibodies that protect babies from infections and also safe guards them against ear infections, allergies, diarrhoea, pneumonia, meningitis and other infections. It provides a complete nutritional balance to infants and helps them develop a strong immune system.
Healthy Daily routine
Children love routine. They enjoy going through familiar things and activities through the day. Fix their bath, meal, play-time and bed-time schedule and try to stick to it – with just a little variation occasionally. Eat at least one meal together if possible. Eating meals together as a family gives your children a sense of security and belonging.
Sleep is extremely important for children. Infants need 18 hours of sleep a day, toddlers sleep for 12-13 hours and older kids require at least 10 hours a day. Sleep deprivation can adversely affect children’s immunity levels.
Serve More Fruits and Vegetables
Oranges, melons, carrots, green beans, spinach and strawberries – all contain immunity building nutrients like Vitamin C and carotenoids. Try to get your child to eat at least 5 servings of some or most of these fruits and vegetables in a week. If you have fussy kids, you can mash or puree them and mix it with their regular food.
Avoid Preservatives, Artificial Flavours and Colours
Preservatives and artificial flavours are nothing but chemicals that weaken your immune system and add nothing in terms of nutrition. Avoid packaged and ready-to-eat food. Avoid artificially flavoured juices, chocolates and candies. Try to stick to natural and organically grown fruits and vegetables.
Avoid unnecessary use of Antibiotics
Nowadays doctors prescribe excessive amounts of antibiotics. Antibiotics though necessary sometimes, should not be given indiscriminately as they can weaken a child’s immunity and may also occasionally make the children resistant to the oft-taken antibiotics.
Homeopathy for Children
Talking about safe and side-effect free treatment options Homeopathy scores highest among the various natural and holistic treatment options available for children and adults alike. Owing to the safety of Homeopathy medicines, Homeopathy is considered to be the ideal treatment option for infants, toddlers and older kids. Millions of people worldwide recognize the effectiveness and safety of Homeopathy treatment and are resorting to it for their children’s health needs. In some countries, it is seen that Homoeopathy is no longer considered as an ‘alternative medicine’. It is, in fact, fast becoming the most preferred system of medicine.
Homoeopathy is effective in treating variety of troubles that a child faces. Whether it is infantile colic, teething trouble, aches and pains or even behavioural disorders – Homoeopathy can manage them all. The Homoeopathic system of medicine works from within, it helps in strengthening a child’s immunity and thus helps in keeping illnesses at bay. It strengthens the child’s natural defences so that he or she can fight off the cold or flu that every child around him may be facing. And helps them stay healthy and illness-free for longer durations of time.
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