In monsoon, it not only rains water but rains illnesses too. I am sure most mothers would agree to me. It’s been hell of a season this time. Though my daughter till date has escaped with only cold and cough a couple of times, her other friends and schoolmates have not been that lucky. Every day I hear one or the other child falling prey to the viruses.
Though it’s the end of the rainy season, the viruses are still lurking in the air and attacking little helpless kids with low immunity. Yes, mothers its your child’s low immunity that makes him or her an easy target for the cold and infections. If your child regularly eats out, drink un-boiled or un-filtered water, eats a lot of junk food, drinks soda or packaged juices with food colours, etc, she may be prone to infections.
Just imagine that we had never heard of Hand, Foot and Mouth viral infection or dengue while growing up. Had you seen a child taking nebuliser regularly in your childhood days?
No, never. Then why is it that doctors today recommend nebulisers to kids?
I am a big believer of kitchen remedies and hence prefer giving things from the kitchen to my daughter than medicines. I regularly give her Tulsi (Holy Basil) water while my cooking involves asafoetida, ajwain and jeera for her good digestion.
Through a What’sApp message, I got some tips on improving your child’s immunity. It’s recommended by Dhvani Shah, Child nutritionist & author. Though I haven’t verified the source, she has spoken nothing that we don’t already know about. It’s just that most of us have forgotten to practise it.
Sharing with you Dhvani’s list of immune boosting food for your child
- Jeera (caraway seeds), lemon, mint, turmeric, ajwain, tulsi, ginger, garlic
- Green leafy vegetables especially methi (fenugreek), spring onion leaves & spinach
- Tomatoes, beetroot, orange and pumpkin
- Grapes, berries, plums, prunes and citrus fruits like orange, sweet lime, kiwi
- Yoghurt, sprouts
Why use food and not medicine to boost the immune responses?
Food is the simplest drug available to man-kind without a prescription. Food can act as an antibiotic, anti-bacterial, anti- infective agent that keeps your child disease-free.
Unlike vaccinations and medicines, food is the best immunity food for kids. When given natural forms of immunity foods, the body accepts it as a part of its own and uses it to the optimum. On the other hand, medicines and vaccines are foreign substances to the body and make the body’s natural immunity weaker, making your child more susceptible to infections in the long run.
FOR COLD – 1 tsp ginger juice + 1 pinch turmeric + 1/2 tsp honey at bedtime
FOR COUGH – 1/2 tsp turmeric powder + 1/2 tsp candy sugar (mishri) powder
FOR FEVER – pumpkin soup
FOR DIGESTION – 1 tsp ajwain + 1 pinch of salt
Don’t keep your child indoors in the fear that she will get an infection. Remember, a child will never build her natural immunity if she is confined to the safety of his home. The more a child is let out in the open, exposed to the natural weather, fed with a variety of foods; the more she will be grow to be a stronger individual.
Lastly, if your child is suffering from any kind of infection; whether severe cold and cough, Hand food mouth infection or conjunctivitis (pink eye), please refrain from sending her/him to the school/playground till the doctor suggests. It helps in containing the disease.
Hope Dhvani’s tips help you and your child.