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How to Boost Immunity in Fussy Children?

As a parent, Chitrangada writes to spread awareness regarding common health problems in children, and suggests tried and tested solutions.

Children have low immunity level

Children have low immunity level

What Is Immunity?

As the temperature goes down during the winter season, the climate becomes quite conducive for viral growth, and therefore infections are quite common.

As a result, there is an increase in the children falling ill frequently, as they are most vulnerable, due to various reasons—weak Immune system, being one of the most prominent among them.

It is thus required to boost the immune system of the children.

  • Immunity is the Internal Defence Mechanism of the body.
  • Everyday our body fights germs, bacteria, viruses, weather changes and many other unfavourable environmental factors, which can lead us to fall ill.
  • A strong Immune system helps to protect us against these factors, and acts as our defence shield.
  • Persons who do not have a strong Immune system, frequently fall ill.

Why do children have less Immunity?

The children do not have a strong Immune system, since it is still developing in them. Hence they can be more vulnerable to infections, as compared to adults.

It is therefore, essential to develop, boost, and strengthen the Immunity of children, by giving them a healthy environment, a balanced and nutritious diet, and dietary supplements, if it’s required.

Children are more prone to infections and allergies. They lack the common sense to avoid dirt, dust, infections etc.

Children are more prone to infections and allergies. They lack the common sense to avoid dirt, dust, infections etc.

Teach the children, cleanliness habits.

Teach the children, cleanliness habits.

Why do children frequently fall ill?

Children, especially small kids are more vulnerable to illness. Why?

Higher risk factors can be as following---

  1. Lower Immunity as compared to adults, as their Immune system is still in development stage.
  2. Likely exposure to toxins in the environment, such as allergens and pollutants.
  3. Changing or extreme weather.
  4. Dust, Germs, Contaminated food or water etc.
  5. Unhealthy or Unbalanced diet.
  6. Lack of exercise.
  7. Hand to mouth activities.
  8. Exposure to people suffering from infections or illness.
  9. Fussy eaters, or fussy in wearing warm clothes etc.

Children, in general lack the common sense, unlike adults, to correctly wash their hands, or stay away from sick children, or persons.

They usually get infected, during their school time.

Including fresh fruits and vegetables in the regular diet of children, will make their immune system strong.

Including fresh fruits and vegetables in the regular diet of children, will make their immune system strong.

Honey is beneficial in building immunity and even fussy children love it’s taste.

Honey is beneficial in building immunity and even fussy children love it’s taste.

Garlic is wonderful to boost immunity

Garlic is wonderful to boost immunity

Hello! My name is Julia and tomorrow, I will hate every food that I liked today.

—Author unknown

How To Boost Immunity In Fussy Children Naturally?

The children in general, are fussy eaters. It’s a tough job for the parents, to feed them a healthy diet. Parents have to use certain tricks, so that their kids get proper, balanced and nutritious food. Since the children eat less quantity of food, the parents should make sure, that all the required nutrients are carefully included in their daily diet.
When my children were younger, I had to literally use all kinds of ways to feed them certain foods. For example—They disliked milk or even certain fruits. I used to make milk shakes with fruits, and served them in restaurant style, which they liked.
The goodness of the vegetables were hidden in the soups, or the dough for the bread, and recipes like that.

1. Fresh fruits and vegetables:

Make sure that you include fresh fruits and vegetables in your child's daily diet.

This is to give him/ her the adequate amount of Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants that she/ he needs.

Freshly squeezed fruit juices provide flavonoids, and Vitamin C, very effective to boost Immunity.

2. Protein rich diet:

Include milk, or it’s products, such as curd, paneer, fish, pulses etc. to fulfill the Protein requirements of the children. Pulses are good sources of protein, and it should be included in every meal of the child.

3. Honey:

Honey is an excellent product to boost Immunity, and children also love it‘s taste.

It has many medicinal properties, Antioxidants, and has antimicrobial properties to help fight viral, bacterial, or fungal infections.

4. Garlic:

Garlic is most effective, if taken raw, but your child would not like it’s taste, for sure. You can extract the juice, and mix in the food, because Garlic is antimicrobial, and has various other properties to boost Immunity.

5. Make food appear interesting:

Children love well presented, and decorated food.

There are many recipes, which can be prepared with the goodness of essential nutrients to feed the children. Arrange the food, as you will get in a hotel. As they say, food should have a visual appeal.

Try doing it with your imagination, and creativity.

How to get your fussy child, to eat healthy food? Source: YouTube

If the immune system is strong, the children wil not fall ill frequently.

If the immune system is strong, the children wil not fall ill frequently.

Simple Tips To Strengthen Immunity And Protect Children in Winter Season

  • Teach the children to wash their hands properly, with antiseptic soap, regularly and thoroughly.
  • Make sure, they avoid touching their eyes, nose, mouth with dirty hands.
  • Give them a small, pocket sized hand washing liquid or hand sanitiser, to be used when they are not at home. So that, they are protected even when they are outside their homes.
  • A box of use and throw, tissue papers should be always with them. And, also teach them proper disposal of the used tissue papers etc.
  • Teach them to be clean, and keep their room, toys clean, and hygienic.
  • Strengthen their Immune system, by providing them, a well thought out proper, balanced, nutritious diet, and make sure, they consume it.
  • Be careful, and vigilant, so that they do not come into contact with the people suffering from Influenza, or other seasonal viral infections.
  • Ensure, that they stay warm, by dressing them adequately for the winter season, in day time, as well as nighttime. Cover their chest, head, ear, hands and feet.
  • If the child is a fussy eater, and in spite of your best efforts, does not eat healthy food, a supplementation may be required to boost the Immunity of the child.
  • In some cases, supplements may be essential, for which medical attention is a must. The doctor is the best person to advise, if things are beyond control.

To Sum up:

Prevention is better than cure.

If proper precautions are carried out beforehand, regarding the diet of children, hygiene, habits etc. the children will be able to ward off any kind of illness, or infections.

For this, building up of a strong Immune system is very much required.

The children may not take a complete, and balanced diet, for which supplements may be given as prescribed by the physician.

Chitrangada Sharan

Healthy children are happy children

Healthy children are happy children

Immunity boosting foods, source: You tube

Some Further Suggested Readings:

1. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(20)30135-8/fulltext

2. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/immune.html
3. https://www.superhealthykids.com/recipes/top-10-immune-system-boosting-foods-kids-ideas-recipes/
4. https://www.parents.com/health/cold-flu/cold/boost-childs-immunity/

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 13, 2015:

Thank you colorfulone, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you found this hub useful. You are right, if a child falls ill, it becomes a matter of grave concern. Better to work on making their immune system stronger.

Thanks again!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on April 09, 2015:

Very good tips to help boost a child's immunity.

It is such a helpless feeling when a child is ill.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 30, 2014:

Thanks Sunshine625(Linda), for your positive comments!

It's a great pleasure to see a celebrated hubber like you visit this hub.

Have a good day!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 30, 2014:

Excellent advice for parents of toddlers. I'm sure the tips are appreciated!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 07, 2014:

Thanks AliciaC, for visiting this hub and giving your positive feedback!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 07, 2014:

This hub contains some great ideas for keeping children healthy in winter. Thanks for sharing them!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 06, 2014:

Thanks Nell, for reading this hub and your positive feedback!

I am glad you found this to be helpful. Thanks for voting up!

Nell Rose from England on January 06, 2014:

This is great advice, I remember when my son was little he caught so many bugs and illnesses, which is typical of the young age, but these ideas can certainly help them stave of the flu etc, voted up! nell

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 03, 2014:

Thanks aviannovice, for visiting and commenting! I am glad you liked the hub!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 03, 2014:

Your are so right, prevention is the best way to combat illness with cleanliness and safety.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 02, 2014:

Thanks Devika, for your visit and comments!

I am glad you found this useful and helpful. Thanks!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 02, 2014:

A well informed hub on this topic and especially in the winter you made valuable and helpful points. I makes sure to stay healthy in the cold winters of Croatia.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2014:

Thanks lindalou1963, for visiting this hub and commenting!

I wish your daughter benefits from this hub. The link is useful. Thanks for enlightening me and a very Happy New Year to you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2014:

Thanks Mousumi, for reading this hub and your appreciation!

I am glad that this was useful to you. I would like to share two tips, which I usually follow, to avoid or cure seasonal cold and cough. You may call them Grandma' s tips or home remedies.

First, in half a cup of hot milk, mix half teaspoonful of turmeric powder, stir and drink. you may give it to your child too, but in lesser quantity, keeping in mind the age.

Secondly, mix juice of ginger, and honey both one teaspoonful each, with one fourth teaspoonful of black pepper powder. Juice of ginger can be squeezed by grating it. This is very effective for adults and children. Again children should be given in small quantity, in accordance with their age.

Wish you a speedy recovery! Take care!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2014:

Thanks izettl, for your visit and comments!

I agree with you, its an uphill task to make children do, what they should be doing, to avoid getting ill. I remember my days---.

You are right, staying indoors most of the time, is also one of the reason, that resistance to illness is reduced.

Thanks again!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2014:

Thanks Vellur, for your visit and positive comments! I am glad you found it useful. Thanks for voting up!

A very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2014:

Hi Nell!

So nice to see you here! Thanks for reading and your insightful comments! You are so right about Honey and it is tried and tested, as far as I am concerned.

Many thanks for voting up and sharing! A very Happy New Year to you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2014:

Hi Peggy W!

Welcome to this hub and many thanks for your positive comments and votes!

Thank you and wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year, 2014!

M K Paul from India on January 01, 2014:

Very helpful article Chitragada..Nowadays my baby and we r suffering from cold.Hope ur tips help me out,I'll pour garlic juice in her Khichuri...Hope it will work...Thanks

Lizett from The Great Northwest on January 01, 2014:

Interesting your solutions are exactly what the fussy kids and picky eaters won't do. If we could get them to do those things you suggest we wouldn't be here looking for solutions. Just saying...also it's nit really the outside weather that gets kids sick it's the fact that we spend more time indoors around more people in winter months.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 01, 2014:

Informative and very useful hub. Garlic works wonders for kids and adults. Great hub, voted up.

Nell Rose from England on January 01, 2014:

Hi, yes honey and garlic especially are a great idea, I remember reading that honey has a 'secret' ingredient that chemists haven't figured out exactly what's in it, but its great for boosting the immune system! great article! voted up and shared, nell

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2014:

This is a well written article and all of the same principles can be applied to kids of all ages...even adults. May this new year of 2014 be a healthy, happy and prosperous one for you. Up and useful votes.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 30, 2013:

Thanks Ericdierker, for your visit and comments!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 30, 2013:

Sun or as we say in my land Tawa

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