Lil prince’s first winter brought along his first cold ! We got through it with a lot of patience, a few tears and no sleep. Thanks flu season.
Now every time he even casually sneezes, I panic ( mom woes )
Babies and toddlers pick up an average of eight colds a year. Yes even breastfed babies , so don’t feel bad if your bubs has caught a cold for the second time. You aren’t doing anything wrong mama. Plus the more they fall sick , the more they become immune to various bugs! So I would say go with the flow but no mama likes to watch her little one suffering! So,
Here are a few things that you could do to improve their immunity:
1. Take a vitamin supplement
If you’re breastfeeding your baby, the best thing is to carry on. The more wet or poopy diaper , the more toxins are being flushed out of their system.
You can take a vitamin supplement so it goes to your baby and can help them out.
Once your baby starts weaning, you can boost vitamins through zinc and Vit C rich food. ‘Zinc is known to strengthen your immune system, so it can resist infections like colds and while Vit C doesn’t prevent or help the cold , it helps shorten the duration and severity! ‘
So lots of Berries , citrus fruits , bright colored peppers , oily fish and red meat is the way to go.
2. Make sure they get plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
Staying cooped inside cause the baby is sick isn’t the best idea.
It’s important your baby gets plenty of fresh air, it clears out the lungs, and also reduces your baby’s exposure to other people’s bugs. Vitamin D is a crucial bone-building, immune-boosting vitamin, which comes mainly from exposure to the sun. Even in winter, your child gets a little bit of sun whenever they step outside in daylight – 20 minutes is enough.
In Dubai, we are less exposed to the sun also no matter how much you get your baby outside, it’s a good idea to get a Vitamin D supplement too until they are 1.
3. Keep your baby wrapped up warm
Being physically cold makes then more likely to catch a bug, as it lowers their immunity.Being cold stresses a child’s immune system, making her more susceptible to illness , so layer them up and keep warm.
4. Keep your baby hydrated
Staying hydrated is as important in winter as in summer. Water helps our kidneys to flush out toxins, so it’s vital for fighting illness.In addition, when your baby has a cold, the mucus will be drier and thicker. Drinking plenty of water will help to flush it, along with any other infections, from the body.
5. Ensure your baby has a proper bedtime routine
As well as making children cranky, lack of sleep leaves them more prone to infection. If you haven’t done so already, establish a bed and naptime routine
6. Boost your baby’s EFAs ( essential fatty acids)
EFAs aren’t just good for boosting brain development, the high levels of essential fatty acids (EFAs) have also been found to help improve immunity.
They are needed to help white blood cells – which fight off infection – to function.
So tuck into that salmon ( if you’re breastfeeding) or supplement!
Holy grail method 🙌🏻 I swear by it. Read about it in my highlights on Instagram – GOOT !
What else do you do to boost your little ones immune system? Let me know in the comments below 😀