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These recurrent infections indicate a weak immune system, which is unable to protect your child from every bug that happens to cross his path. Instead of just accepting your child’s condition, take steps to boost his immune system which will defend him from the harmful micro-organisms that he is bound to come across as he mingles with his friends at school and at home.
- Include Fruits and Vegetables in Diet
Include as much fruits and vegetables as you can in your child’s diet. Oranges, guavas, carrot, strawberries, green beans and other leafy green vegetables are rich sources of the phytonutrients like vitamin C and carotenoids which are great for building immune power. The phytonutrients increase the production of white blood cells, which help to fight infection and also the antibody, interferon, which coats the surfaces of the cells and blocks out viruses.
- Breast-Feed Your Baby
Nursing your infant is a great way to boost his immune power. Breast milk contains white blood cells and antibodies which enhance immunity. Nursing protects your baby against allergies, ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhea, urinary-tract infections, meningitis and sudden infant death syndrome.
- Boost Immunity with Oats
Oatmeal is not only makes a good breakfast food that keeps away hunger for the day, it also has special carbohydrates which keep infections away. Oats are rich in beta glucans which are carbohydrates that help in increasing immunity. It speeds up the body’s reaction to invaders and boosts the resistance of immune cells to viruses. To further increase the power of the immunity-enhancing property of oatmeal, add cranberries or some pumpkin puree.
- Good Sleep for Immunity
Deprivation of sleep in adults reduces the natural killer cells making the adult more vulnerable to illness. These cells protect the body against infections by attacking micro-organisms. This holds true in the case of children as well. With all the activities that a child is engaged in during the daytime, parents need to make sure that their children are getting the required sleep in order that their immune system stays healthy.
A weak immune system leaves your child battling with endless bouts of flu, coughs and colds and other infections. Adopt healthy habits to build his immune power. Click here for more information on how to build your immune power.