Saturday, January 17, 2015

Because the doc says so...

When my daughter was little, she suffered from constant colds and terrible coughs. And a apart from all the other home-remedies, there were a few very vital tips which her pediatrician told me to keep the immune system up and running.

   1. It begins with a robust diet

Surprisingly, children’s immune system takes a beating if bombarded with too much sugar. And ironically, we bombard our children with jams, chocolates, sweets, laddoos and what not. This fact shook me completely and I’ve practically thrown most sugar out of my kitchen with the exception of jiggery, honey and some khadi shakkar. He alo told me that sugar has been shown in many clinical trials to actually suppress immunity. To keep kids well, limit their overall intake of additives, sugar, and find out which foods are allergens. Focus on plenty of fresh veggies, whole fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, and meat.
 2. Maintain your child's microbiota!
At first, I was flummoxed by what he said but later on I realised that probiotics are the friendly helpful bacteria that naturally occur in our guts. They protect our digestive tracts, help us to digest food, assist in toxin clearance, and shield us from invading bacteria and viruses. When this bacterial balance becomes disrupted in children, we can see changes in a child’s ability to fend off infections.
‘A cup of curd a day will keep the doctor at bay’.

3. Help calm their stress and anxiety
Overstressed children lead to overstressed immune systems which tends to bring on the runny noses and upset stomachs. It’s important for children to have lots of down time, time for creative play, and simply times of rest. Busy bodies need to take a break every now and then for their immune systems to thrive. Instead of stressing them with classes, classes and more classes, allow them to do silly things of their own.

4. Sleep...nothing’s better
Most children do not get the required amount of sleep. Depending on age, children need between ten and 14 hours of sleep per day. Unplug the TVs, gaming consoles, tablets et al and let the child sleep.

5. Most fever is good
I practically fell off my chair when he told me that an occasional fever is good for the child’s system.
Fever, he said, is your child’s body’s response to an infection and without it, her body isn’t as effective at fighting the illness. The truth is, your child’s immune systems works better at a high temperature too, so she can get better quickly. But of course, if the fever is on for too long of too high, you have to consult your physician. 

6. Supplements and herbs can work wonders.
The best supplements to boost a child’s immune system are vitamin D and zinc. Natural and age old supplements like Dabur Chyawanprash can make a huge difference to your child’s immune system. Make it a regular habit for your child. To know more about this wonderful supplement, follow the link. 

Simple tricks to keep your child happy and healthy. Wot say?