How to support the immune system of children during an infection?

Fall is the time of year when everyone is particularly vulnerable to respiratory infections. Cold air, strong wind, rain, and at the same time too warm clothes and overheating of the body are the most common causes of flu and colds. When we add to all of this an inadequate diet, poor in fruit and vegetables, and being in the company of sick people, we have a recipe for cough and runny nose. The common cold is unpleasant for any adult, let alone children! Then we, the parents, also suffer. After all, none of us want our toddler to suffer from infections. Our dream is that the disease will pass quickly and it will not find its way back for as long as possible. What to do to support the child's immune system also during an infection?

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1. Child's immunity

It may surprise many, but a child's immune system is formed even up to the age of 15. From the very first days of life, the baby learns the world and develops its abilities. The disease may prevent him from doing so, but remember that it is not only characterized by unpleasant ailments, but also strengthens immunity in its own way. The point is that the child's body "learns" from its own experiences. Initially, it cannot distinguish between harmful bacteria and viruses from beneficial ones, so it does not react appropriately when they attack. However, the next time he knows he cannot trust them and - importantly - he also knows how to fight them. Of course, we, as parents, should help our children and support their immune systems not only when they are healthy, but especially when they are infected.

2. When the child is sick

A sick child can be cranky ... Often times, he does not even want to take medication or eat. What can we do to cheer him up and at the same time help him gain strength to fight the infection?

  1. Let's take care of the diet. A few-year-old toddler may freak out - especially when he is ill - but he certainly has his favorite dishes that will provide his body with the necessary vitamins and minerals. The proper functioning of the immune system during an infection will be ensured by a variety of meals consisting of dairy products, meat, vegetables and fruit. Most children like chicken soup or tomato soup. No toddler will despise a chicken breast cutlet either, and for dessert, we can propose, for example, yoghurt. An orange or an apple for afternoon tea is also a great idea. Contrary to appearances, we have quite a large selection of products rich in calcium, protein and vitamin C.
  2. Give your baby plenty of fluids. Still water is the best - even ordinary, boiled - but it is also worth reaching for, for example, tea with raspberry juice. Viruses and bacteria need to be flushed out of the body, so drinking plenty of water will keep the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract moisturized and it will be easier to get rid of germs. The throat will hurt less, the hoarseness will decrease and the fever will decrease. We don't have to give the child a whole glass to drink at once. It is enough to remind him every few minutes to moisten his lips. A few sips once in a while will also do its job.
  3. Let us ensure adequate ventilation of the rooms. It is known that a child during an illness - especially with a fever - will not go outside. However, we cannot forget about airing the rooms in which he is staying. In this way, we will get rid of viruses and bacteria that have accumulated in the toddler's room or living room. Of course, the child must be moved to another room while airing. After returning, we will immediately notice that he will breathe much better, will be willing to play and will be less apathetic. Fresh air works wonders.
  4. Avoid antibiotics if possible. It is well known that antibiotics, unfortunately, are not indifferent to the human body. A small child, who often takes it from the beginning, has a much less immune organism. Yes, sometimes there is no way out, and an antibiotic will help you fight the disease faster and reduce your symptoms. At the same time, however, it weakens the immune system - not only during the disease, but also for many weeks after its recovery.
  5. Let's use natural remedies. Fruits rich in vitamin C, herbs, raspberry juice, warm tea, honey - these products will help you get rid of infections faster and strengthen the body's immunity. Currently, drugs and dietary supplements based on natural ingredients are also available in pharmacies.
  6. Let's take care of hygiene. Not only the child, but also the rooms in which he stays. The toddler will not sit still, he will not lie under the covers all day to sweat and rest. Even during illness, children move around the house, touch furniture, toys and door handles. So it is worth cleaning more often than once a week, wiping with a damp cloth and thus eliminating germs that spread easily. The child should also wash their hands - before each meal, after a coughing attack, after sniffing the nose - a small activity, but very effective.
  7. Let the baby get enough sleep. A toddler needs more sleep than an adult. If he has an additional cold, we do not send him to kindergarten or school. So let him sleep. Sleep has magical properties. It soothes pain, stress and helps you regain health. A person who sleeps well is happier and their immune system works better.

It is not enough to give your baby medications, cover him with a blanket and stroke his head to help him recover. After all, you also need to give him plenty of fluids and healthy and wholesome products. Of course, showing affection is extremely important, but it is also worth supporting the immunity of our little ones. Thanks to this, they will not only get through the disease more easily, but also stay healthy longer.

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