How to Raise Children With Stronger Immune Systems

Dr. Junaid Jahangir Abbasi

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How to Raise Children With Stronger Immune Systems

Becoming parents can be outright intimidating. Raising strong kids both physically and emotionally can be a daunting task. You can be reading loads and loads of books on parenting and still be lacking somewhere. It can be really challenging to protect babies since they are way more prone to infections and viruses than adults. Here are some tips to raise children with stronger immune systems naturally because if you have a stronger immune system, you are more likely to be healthier and stay disease free. Check out the best ways to develop a strong immune system in children.

 Breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding is vital to develop a resilient immune system in children. Breast milk delivers the elements that are necessary to protect your baby against disease, along with all the nutrition he or she needs, including the vital fatty acids. The babies who are breastfed are on a lesser risk to infections than the babies who are bottle-fed. Feeding babies formula milk deprives them of receiving the important antibodies  that the breast milk offers.

Nutrition & Nutritional Supplements:

Good nutrition is essential to developing and keeping the immune system healthy and strong. Lack of some nutrients weakens the immune system and makes the body vulnerable to attack.

  • Important nutrients that build a strong immune system include vitamins A, C, E and essential fatty acids.
  • The most important minerals include manganese, selenium, zinc, copper, iron, sulfur, magnesium and germanium.

These nutrients can be obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains as long as they are organic which is very difficult to find nowadays.

Avoid Excessive Antibiotics and Vaccines:

Antibiotics are overly prescribed to children. Antibiotic resistance and reduced immunity are some of the consequences of excessive use of the antibiotic. Increasing evidence suggests that injecting a child with around 3 dozen doses of 10 different viral and bacterial vaccines before the age of 5, while the immune system is still developing, can cause serious immune dysfunction. The most that vaccines can do is lead to an increase in antibodies to a specific disease. They don’t provide actual immunity against disease; nor do they make children healthier.

Emotional Well-Being:

The best nutrition for the immune system is love and attention. Children need attention and unconditional love. When they feel loved, protected and cherished they are secure and happy. A lot of studies have revealed that laughter and positive thoughts and feelings stimulate the cells of the immune system. The more children laugh and enjoy life, the better their immune function and the healthier they will be. Emotional stress may deplete the immune system and lower a child’s resistance to disease.

Developing a stronger immunity in children is necessary and it is certainly something that you can do. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure your child’s physical and mental wellbeing. Parenting can be really challenging but with the right guidance, you can certainly do it right. Don’t hesitate to get an expert opinion on it and never compromise your child’s health. You can book an appointment with a top Pediatrician in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Junaid Jahangir Abbasi - Author Dr. Junaid Jahangir is a pediatrician based in Islamabad. He has an MBBS, FCPS, and more than 7 years of work experience in managing and treating child health. For advice or consultation, please feel free to reach out to him through oladoc. Junaid Jahangir loves kids and has deep insights into some very common problems in Children. He believes that parents can benefit from these insights too. You can read some of his advice here.