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How Filling up the Nutritional Gaps can Support a Child’s Immune System


April 14, 2020 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Food & Nutrition


How filling up the nutritional gaps can support a child's immune system | Baby & Beyond

The first few years of a child’s life are fundamentally important and lay the foundation for the entire life. A child’s immune system continues to develop as they grow old. The right balance of nutrients for immune system in kids can help them build a strong immunity for the rest of their life. Lack of nutritional balance leads to poor immunity, and makes kids vulnerable to infections. This way, they are more likely to fall sick.

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As a mother, of course I want to give my son the best nutritional start possible. I do my best to provide healthy, balanced, home cooked meals to him. Ideally, he should be getting all the vitamins and minerals he needs from his diet. That is why I was taken aback when my paediatrician recommended supplements and multivitamins to boost his immunity. I wondered whether it was really required. Didn’t we grow up just fine without additional supplements?

However, research shows that:

  1. The nutritional value of the food we eat today is far less than what we ate as kids, as nutritional content of food has depleted over time with modern farming methods. Our modern diet consists more of refined grains and this means that our food alone may not be able to provide sufficient nutrients for immune system in kids.
  2. Kids today, eat a lot more processed food, fast food and artificial ingredients. It is said that today kids are overfed but undernourished.
  3. There is lack of exercise and more time spent indoors, making it difficult for the body to obtain daily nutritional support.
  4. Kids are exposed to more pollution now than we were at the same age which means they are more prone to infections.

Building A Healthy Immune Response

My son is prone to respiratory tract infections such as nasal blockage, cold, sore throat etc. In fact, I am sure many of you moms will agree that respiratory tract infections are one of the most common reasons for pediatric visits for our kids.

A healthy immune response is necessary to combat these infections, but sometimes it takes more than a healthy diet to raise a physically healthy child. That is where the concept of filling up nutritional gaps comes in. Dietary supplements such as multi-vitamins, iron and calcium supplements, etc. can play an important role in bridging the nutritional gap. You need to take special care if your child is a picky eater as poor eating habits can lead to weaker immune systems with increased susceptibility to infections and diseases. 

Also read: 9 Ways to Help Build Your Baby’s Immunity

However, taking too many supplementary tonics and pills may not be pleasing for a child and can sometimes harm their body too. When I heard that PediaSure contains 37 vital nutrients and high quality protein, I wondered if this could help fill those nutritional gaps. What’s even better is, it tastes yummy, so no fuss!

Don’t get me wrong here; supplements cannot replace a healthy diet. We still need to make every effort to try and ensure that our kids get as much nutrition as possible from their diet. Also always consult a paediatrician before starting any nutritional supplement, like I did. It is important while choosing a supplement to make sure that it fulfils the specific nutritional gaps for your child and gives your child the right amount of nutrients for their age and size.

Sources:

  1. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/
  2. https://pediasure.in/healthy-eating-tips/is-your-child-is-a-picky-eater


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. Ramya Ravindra Barithaya said on April 26, 2020 3:37 pm:

    Informative post

    1. Baby & Beyond said on April 27, 2020 9:32 am:

      Glad to know you found the post helpful Ramya. Thanks for stopping by!