Immune system is an inbuilt system in our body. Its a system followed by our body to recognize and resist the micro organisms received from outside which are harmful. In simple its a system in our body to help ourselves to protect from infections or diseases. It is transmitted from mother to the child at the time of birth and followed by breastfeeding after birth. Breastfeeding the kid provides them with high immunity. Colostrum present in mother’s milk is a prime source in building immunity for the baby.
Apart from giving healthy food and happy situation for the children to their growth, try to follow some simple ways to build their immunity for keeping them free from common cold and cough to other infectial diseases frequently.
Immunity to a particular disease is got from the antibodies that are present in our body to keep away that disease. These antibodies are disease specific and destroy the disease carrying organisms.
Foods that we intake play a major role in building immunity. Foods that develop immunity in children:
Vitamin c helps to increase immunity. All the citrus fruits such as lemon, limes, oranges are rich in vitamin c. which is said to be a food providing high immunity.
Almonds, walnuts and other nuts and dryfruits have a high content of omega3 fatty acids. regular intake of nuts and seeds.
Take lot of fresh vegetables. Green leafy vegetables are rich in vitamins, anti oxidants and other essential nutrients. Dark coloured vegetables such as carrots, beetroot, brinjal are rich in betacarotines.
Yogurt and fermented foods are rich source of probiotics. Intake of these foods gives strength to gastro intestinal tract. The microbes present in the gastro intestinal plays important role in strengthening the immune system.
Add proteins in food in the form of egg, meat or fish. for vegetarians, dal, cottage cheese and legumes are the best source of protein.
Add fruits compulsorily in diet. All seasonal fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, fibre and roughage. Add bright coloured fruits. Add berries which have high content of anti oxidants.
Do not skip any vaccines. Give vaccinations to your kids as per doctors advice. Sleep plays a major role in developing immunity in children. Enough amount of sleep according to ages, every night is considered to be very important. Lack of sleep will create sickness in children.
Exercises are one of the best way to keep the child immune towards the diseases. Keeping a habit of exercising altogether as a family will encourage children to do regular exercises and stay fit and healthy in long run.
Make your kids to have outdoor play in a way to get natural sunlight. Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D. Let your kids play in mud but make sure that they clean their hands after playing with soap and warm water. Exposure to bacteria makes the body to distinguish between healthy and infectious bacteria.
Avoid usage of antibiotics if your child is ill in the first stage. Because these antibiotics will kill the good bacterias too. so follow as per your physician’s advice.
Immune deficiency in children will reseult in frequent illness. Providing them with nutricious and balanced diet with lots of vegetables and fruits added to it, following the immunization charts, keeping them happier and stress free will provide the children with a good immunity and disease free.