A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met. ~ David A. Bednar
What is a home without children? Quiet. ~ Henny Youngman
A child is a curly dimpled lunatic. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The above quotes suggest the importance of children in a family. A child’s smile is believed to light up even the evilest of souls in a positive way. Children are a bundle of joy, and the house that has two or three children always scurrying around with mischief will be a happy home. However, “all good times come to a pause”; it is quite natural that your child can also fall sick due to food poisoning or infection. In this article on keep your children always happy by increasing their immunity against simple ailments, information will be given as per the proverb – Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food – proverb of Hippocrates.
Children are fussy eaters and usually throw tantrums when compelled to eat food or when affected with simple ailments. In similar kind of situations, natural remedies come to your aid and you can give the same chemical medicine constituents in the form of home-made recipes, fruits and vegetables.
You, as an adult, can take care of your health, but children, still in the know-how of the world should be taken care of, till they reach maturity. It is no wonder that they are always exposed to disease producing organisms such as viruses, fungi, parasites and bacteria. Unless they have good immunity to ward off infections, they can get affected.. A child suffering from constant infections gives the indication of less powerful immunity system.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~ Jim Rohn
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” ~ John F. Kennedy
If your child is below one year, you can increase their immunity by:
1. Breastfeeding Your Baby
Breast milk can increase the immunity of your child. It contains every essential nutrient in the book, that is, protein, sugar, fat, antibodies and white blood cells – the last two are essential as they can enhance the immune system of the child and ward off diseases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have recommended compulsory breastfeeding for six months from the date of birth followed by partial feeding the next year. Formula fed babies are more prone to suffer from middle ear infections, indigestion, pneumonia and other issues.
2. If Your Child Is Above Two Years
A healthy diet is needed for a good immune system, so it is advisable to give the child immune boosting foods such as apples, melons, broccoli, beans, sweet potatoes and strawberries in the proper format and size. A child’s diet should be prepared so that the food gets easily digested. IF the fruits and vegetables are cultivated by the organic method of farming, the more benefits your child will gain. If your child is about two years of age, then he/she can be fed two tablespoons of fruits per meal.
You can also include in the diet seeds, nuts, legumes, whole grains and other items rich in zinc, essential fatty acids, selenium, Vitamins (A, B2, B6 and C). These vital nutrients strengthen the immune system.