We went to Chicay’s Pediatrician last Wednesday for her 2nd dose of IPD vaccine. And while waiting for our turn, I took some leaflets from her Pediatrician’s assistant’s table. There is this one leaflet from Abbott that shares some things that parents can do to boost their baby’s immune system and I would love to share with you. Some may already know about these things but others may have not known about it. So let me share these tips with you:
- Breastfeed for as long as possible. Then transition to a diet recommended by your physician.
- Be sure your child’s vaccinations are up to date. Check with your doctor about what your child needs.
- Provide a healthy diet. Lack of certain vitamins and minerals may weaken immune response. Diets with nucleotides (lean meat and mushrooms), prebiotics (nuts, beans and whole grains), and probiotics (yogurt), may help strengthen the immune system.
- Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke and toxic substances (such as household cleaners, fertilizers and pesticides). This can result in a weakened immune system.
- Be sure your child gets enough sleep. Rest helps the immune system stay at its peak.
- Don’t forget physical activity. You know that exercise is good for physical and mental development. Now you know it’s good for immunity too.
- Reduce unnecessary stress. The immune system is sensitive to stress and affects the body’s ability to respond to infection. Try to keep your child’s environment calm.
These are what was written in Abbott’s leaflet. These I believe are the basic things to do in order to boost our children’ immune system but we can still add some to this long list such as provide them with vitamins.