Boosting your Baby’s Immune system is easier than you think. Check out some great tips to help you keep them their healthiest.
Boosting Your Baby’s Immune System
As a mom, you naturally want to protect your baby from anything that could hurt them. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to prevent your child from ever getting sick (wouldn’t it be nice if it was?) but there are plenty of things you can do to boost their immune system, which will reduce the number of sickness bugs they contract and help them better fight their illnesses when they do come along.
Sound good? Here are some of the best ways to boost your baby’s immune system right now:
Breastfeed if you can
If you are able to breastfeed, it is the single best thing you can do to boost your baby’s immune system. Studies have shown that children who are breastfed for a period of at least 6 months are less likely to suffer from allergies or infections, so it really does work.
Ensure they’re immunized
Following your baby’s immunization schedule to the letter is another very good way of boosting their immunity. I know some people are on the fence about vaccinations, but all of the research shows vaccines to be effective and the risks to be minimal. So, be sure to schedule those shots and attend those vital appointments on time, especially if your baby is already suffering from a chronic condition that makes them more vulnerable to illness.
Whether you send them to infant day care, get together with w group of friends and their kids or let your baby spend more quality time with young family members, anything you can do to get your infant socializing with more people will help their immunity because they will naturally be exposed to more bugs and bacteria. This may not seem like a good thing, especially because you don’t want your child getting sick, but if they get minor coughs, colds, and the like now, it will make for a stronger immune system later, so it may well be worth it in the long term.
Feed them a healthy diet
When they are old enough to start eating, packing your baby’s diet with as many fruits, vegetables and whole grains as possible will do their immune system the world of good. They’ll get all of the vitamins and minerals they need to thrive, and they’ll develop an early taste for the healthy stuff, which will see them well throughout their whole life.
Have a good sleep routine in place
For the immune system to function optimally, your baby needs as much good quality sleep as possible – between 10 and 14 hours depending on age – this can be difficult to achieve if your baby does not want to sleep. But having a solid sleep routine in place can often make a huge difference to how likely they are to sleep and how well they sleep when they do drift off.
Keep them active
Obviously, tiny babies can’t move around much, but as soon as they are able to roll., bounce and rattle, get them doing it as much as possible because the more active we all are, the better our immune systems are likely to be.