The first few years of your baby are considered to be the most important period. As a parent, I want my child to have a great immunity to fight against unseen health issues.
Once the baby will start going to playschool/preschool, he or she will be in contact with lots of kids every day. During this time, your child’s immunity is challenged.
You don’t need to follow some strict health plans for your baby, just add a few things to your baby’s diet on daily basis. Start with adding one or two things at a time inadequate amount. Don’t be in hurry; your baby will take time to increase his immunity. But, take your first step today…
Some parents also complain that during the season change, their kids start falling ill, due to bad immunity. First of all, you need to understand not only food but there are some other things you need to add to your child’s routine to increase immunity.
10 Ways to Increase Immunity in your Baby and Toddler
1) Food with lots of Protein
Once your baby crosses the mark of 6 months, you can add Chicken, Rahu Fish, Meat, Eggs, Liver to your Child’s Diet. Start with a small amount, once your child is used to it, you can increase the quantity. Protein intake food is a must for a child’s body and mind development.
Egg– First starts with giving a white portion to your child; only after some time add the yolk. Try the hard-boiled or scrambled egg.
Fish – avoid giving high mercury fish to your child, only give fish that are low mercury and are known as safe for your kids like Salmon, trout, herring, Rahu, canned, light tuna, whitefish like cod, pollock, etc.
Liver – a small amount of liver is good for your child’s immunity and development. It contains significant amounts of folate, iron, vitamin B, vitamin A, and copper.
Chicken – all kinds of chicken recipes are fine for kids, it’s just that they should enjoy it.
2) Add Lots of Fruits
Babies and toddlers both love fruits – you can give them which fruit they like. It’s just that you need to take 2 fruits every day in your child’s routine. Whether it’s Banana, Apple, Papaya, Oranges, Grapes, mangoes, etc.
3) Give Almonds Everyday
Soaked Two Almonds in water every day at night and the next day in the morning feed your child. It will help in increase immunity. Almonds are perfect for children, you can roast the almonds too. Almonds are full of fats, fiber, protein, vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. Everything is healthy about almonds.
4) Yogurt, Cheese, and Milk
No need to think about the quantity, just give them. Low in fat contains protein and is rich in calcium, helps in bones development, etc.
5) Green Vegetables
vegetables like Broccoli, methi, Carrots, Spinach, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Pumpkin, Peas, Sweet Potato, are full of minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, and sodium.
6) Increase the Water Intake
Give plenty of water to your child; it will help in better digestion, healthy skin, good mood, healthy heart.
7) Physical Exercise
Yoga, Running, Cycling, Exercise, is the part of healthy life. Kids who follow a healthy lifestyle are more fit than the other kids of their age. Involve your child in some kind of physical activity; it will help in their Body and Mind Development.
Get them involved in any kind of extracurricular activities like skating, taekwondo, Cricket, Football, Basketball, etc which will keep them active and fit.
8) One Hour Evening Playtime
Whether it’s a baby or toddler both need to have lots of friends. Playgroup time makes them happy, a smile on their face is everything to us. They learn lots of things from their friends like how to speak, behave, express, fight, etc.
Friend helps them to make a bond with each other, love and attachment is something which they will connect and understand.
9) Ginger and Garlic Combination
Add the crushed or small pieces of ginger and garlic to your child’s food recipes. This combination works just like magic, it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties.
Good source of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. There are many kinds of lentils available, choose whichever you like but add the lentils to your child’s diet. Some types of lentils are red lentils, brown lentils, green lentils, moong, yellow gram, split chickpea, pigeon peas, etc.