Here’s how to boost the immunity of your children in Lockdown!
We all want to protect our kids, whether from falls, bumps and bruises — or avoidable infections and diseases. Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, safety and hygiene of toddler has become a major concern for every parent. It’s important to encourage good habits and take steps to boost their immune systems from an early age. “We all enter this world with an inexperienced immune system,” says Charles Shubin, M.D and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland. So, let’s not waste time in feeding your babies with risks.
Here are 5 methods you can practice at your home to ensure safety and good health of your little munchkins:
- For newborns, consider breastfeeding:
Breast milk contains turbo-charged immunity-enhancing antibodies and white blood cells. Studies show that it may also enhance your baby’s brain power and help protect her against insulin-dependent diabetes, Crohn’s disease, colitis, and certain forms of cancer later in life. Colostrum, the thin yellow “premilk” that flows from the breasts during the first few days after birth, is especially rich in disease-fighting antibodies. Pediatrics recommends that moms must exclusively breastfeed for the first six months after delivery.
- Promote regular hand washing:
Kiddies transmit up to 80% of infections by a physical touch. Make sure to wash the hands of your children maximum times in a day. Teach your children to take time to wash their hands after sneezing, coughing and going to the bathroom. Washing hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds can remove bacteria and viruses and can reduce the chance of lung infections by up to 45%.
- Don’t skip Immunization.
Amid Coronavirus, the situation arises where parents tends to skip the immunization of their children in a fear to go out. This highly results into disturbing the immunity bar of your children. Immunizations start in infancy and continue to adulthood and prevent measles, mumps, chicken pox, rotavirus and other infections.
- Boost Sleep hours:
Studies of adults show that sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to illness by reducing natural killer cells, immune-system weapons that attack microbes and cancer cells. The same holds true for children. Children in daycare are particularly at risk for sleep deprivation because all the activity can make it difficult for them to nap. How much sleep do kids need? An infant may need up to 16 hours of crib time a day, toddlers require 11 to 14 hours, and pre-schoolers need 10 to 13 hours.
- Encourage Healthy diet:
Encourage your child to “eat the rainbow” when it comes to fruits and vegetables, as well as a good selection of whole grains. Limit processed foods. Proper food choices ensure that your child gets enough vitamins — such as Vitamin A and E — needed to maintain good health and a strong immune system. An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” makes sense!