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9 Ways to Help Build Your Baby’s Immunity


October 29, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Health and Wellness


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As new moms, we have all gone through that nerve-wracking time when our precious babies had caught an infection and we did everything we could to try to make them comfortable. How I would wish that I had a magic shield to protect my baby from all illnesses. That magic shield is in fact the body’s immune system, however a baby’s immune system is immature and develops as the baby grows. As parents, there are a few things we can do to protect our babies and help build baby’s immunity.

 

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9 Ways to Help Build Your Baby’s Immunity | Baby Beyond

 

1. Breastfeeding

Breast milk contains factors to help build a baby’s immunity. When the mother comes into contact with germs in the environment, her body produces antibodies to help fight off those germs. These antibodies get passed on to the baby through mother’s milk. If you are formula feeding your baby, consider choosing a powder that is formulated to support the baby’s developing immune system. For example, Similac IQ+ contains the right level and blend of nucleotides which are known to improve the maturity and development of immune function.

 

2. Vaccinations

Ensure that you are following the immunization schedule as recommended by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP). Vaccinating babies is the most effective way to protect them from possible diseases.

 

3. Nutrition

Good nutrition is essential to a strong immune system. Once your baby starts solids at 6 months, providing a healthy and nutritious diet rich in proteins, Vitamins A, B6, C, E, zinc, iron and probiotics will help strengthen immune function.

Also read: How I Got My Kid Interested in Eating Healthy Food

 

4. Fresh air and sunshine

Vitamin D is known to be crucial for bone building, but it is also an immunity boosting vitamin. The best source of Vitamin D is sunshine. It is a good idea to give your baby exposure to fresh air and sunlight for at least a few minutes a day.

 

5. Hydration

Staying hydrated is important as water helps flush out toxins and infections from the body. Up to 6 months, babies get hydration from breast milk / formula milk. Post 6 months, it is important to ensure that baby is drinking sufficient water throughout the day.

 

6. Dress for the weather

Keep your baby appropriately dressed for the weather, neither too hot nor too cold.

Also read: #MomvsFlu - Busting the Myths about Influenza

 

7. Sleep routine

Lack of sleep makes a person more prone to infection. Make sure baby is not overtired and getting sufficient nap-time and bedtime.

 

8. Hygiene

Babies catch infection by being exposed to another infected person. Maintaining basic hygiene for both baby as well as anyone in contact with the baby is important.

Also read: What are the Symptoms of Dengue Fever In Children?

 

9. Don’t overdo it

As a new mom I was paranoid about hygiene. I would sterilize every toy weekly. All of N’s food was cooked in separate utensils and they were washed with filter water only. The way the immune system builds is it produces antibodies as a response every time it is exposed to a germ or virus. These antibodies will protect them against the same illness in the future. So overprotecting the child is in fact detrimental to boosting their immunity.


Disclaimer: This is a general information post based on my experience and research This post should not be mistaken for professional medical advice. 

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Comments
  1. Ruchi Verma said on October 31, 2018 7:58 am:

    You have really pointed out great tips and I too agree most with yes a fresh air and sunshine is do important…we are today so worried that if kids go out in sun might get heat and not do well health wise but it is so important to let them play in sun and fresh air

    1. Baby & Beyond said on October 31, 2018 10:01 am:

      Yes true. When we were kids we used to have a lot more outdoor play

  2. Roma said on October 31, 2018 3:06 pm:

    An absolute must read for all moms. These tips can be really handy for us to work on the immunity of our children.

  3. Pragnya Mishra said on October 31, 2018 10:48 pm:

    I remember washing my child’s utensils, clothes and toys with antiseptic, using filter water etc. Though I gave up in weeks time and stick to right nutrition. Also, breastfeeding is a major problem solver for mild cold or fever for us. Totally agree with you for outdoors and sun. All points are practical ones and essential.

  4. Ashvini Naik said on November 1, 2018 3:28 pm:

    I so agree with all your points, Mahak. Specially about not overprotective your child. It’s the most silly thing to do as a parent.

  5. Deborah Miranda said on November 2, 2018 4:09 am:

    So true.. i guess its just to keep it as simple as possible.. stay in tune with nature and don’t over do anything. Kids naturally build immunity so we just gotta give them a chance.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on November 2, 2018 7:06 am:

      Right. Well put

  6. Sayeri said on November 3, 2018 4:15 pm:

    Its a helpful one for the new moms, I also followed these steps and really these are important.

  7. Nayantara Hegde said on November 3, 2018 4:31 pm:

    I used to get so frustrated every time T got a cold or viral in his early toddler hood. But my husband reassured me that its the body’s way of building up immunity. And i do see how the frequency of colds has reduced now. I think I can also attribute it to breastfeeding. 🙂

  8. Charu said on November 3, 2018 7:57 pm:

    A&A still fall sick often and it’s so frustrating both for us and for them. You have mentioned some great tips here. Not overdoing actually makes sense.

  9. snehalata said on November 3, 2018 8:19 pm:

    so true we should not be doing over things to treat problems immediately ,it might create problems

  10. Princy Khurana said on November 3, 2018 9:16 pm:

    this is so important that we should work on children’s immunity right from the beginning. also keeping these tips in mind will surely help

  11. Neha Tambe said on November 3, 2018 10:01 pm:

    Very important and simple to follow tips. Many times we assume things to be just Grandma’s tips, but there is a lot of sense in them too.

  12. Shubhreet Kaur said on November 3, 2018 10:54 pm:

    Really handy tips Mahak. I love how you have mentioned fresh air and sunshine too. Sunscreen use is so high here and honestly, kids need sunshine to boost their immunity and vitamin D. I’m saving this post to recommend to friends.

  13. Pallavi said on November 4, 2018 3:04 am:

    The blog post is so informative simple and easy tips that any1 can follow,this post is a must read for new mommies.

  14. Deepa Rudraksha Jaisingh said on November 4, 2018 10:27 am:

    How nicely put, I am also looking for new ways keep my kid build strong immune system and these points just added to that.

  15. Shalu Sharma said on November 4, 2018 6:52 pm:

    I more than just agree with your last point here. We all, today’s ‘Google Parents’ read about everything relevant to our babies & try to do everything RIGHT! We sometimes forget that anything in access can be bad.

    Great Article. Very helpful for getting the health issues to be at a minimum for the upcoming winters.

  16. Misha said on November 4, 2018 11:26 pm:

    Good points mahak… The sleep one m sure gets ignored but seriously I gave Shelly the difference if kids sleep well

  17. Misha Jain said on November 4, 2018 11:33 pm:

    Good points mahak.. m sure the sleep one often gets ignored but really i have seen the difference when kid sleeps well

  18. NEHA JAIN said on November 5, 2018 3:17 pm:

    I agree with all of the pointers. Immunity plays a vital role in deciding the growth and development of a baby. Thanks for writing this.