Tips for Supporting Your Baby’s Immune System

It may be rather hard to imagine, but your kids’ immune systems started developing way before they were even born. The antibodies present in your body were passed onto your baby through the placenta. They then continue protecting them in the initial months of life against viruses, bacteria, or allergens that you have been exposed to already. 

As their immune system starts developing, your baby will then create its antibodies. A mild childhood illness will stimulate the baby’s immunity support system, triggering the creation of more antibodies that will fight illnesses and prevent them in the future. 

The immune system also keeps a record of all the bacteria or viruses that it has been exposed to. That is why it responds this fast the next time you come into contact with this same illness. 

For immunity support in your baby, you can do the following:

  1. Nutrition builds the baby’s natural defenses:

Over the past few years, a lot of research has been done focused on the gut. It is home to most of our immune cells. That is why a healthy and balanced diet is key in promoting a healthy immune system. From the second your child is born, breast milk is the ideal source of nutrition, giving all of the important nutrients and factors that include antibodies that support their immunity. 

  1. Breastfeed your child:

The very first few years of your child’s life are very important regarding growth and development. Breast milk naturally has most of the nutrients your kid needs for growth, including carbs, protein, fat, and compounds that will benefit your kid’s immune system, such as probiotics and antibodies. 

It is fascinating that your antibodies move to your baby through your milk. For example, if you have a cold while breastfeeding, your antibodies to fight a cold will move to your baby and support them in fighting the cold. 

  1. How do different nutrients help in immunity support for your child?

The growth of your child and his development depends on having a healthy diet. We all know the benefits of five food groups and the importance of not having too much salt and sugar. But when it is the case of supporting your immune system, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics play a very important role. Those nutritious foods include:

  • Iron 
  • Vitamin C 
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin D 
  • Vitamin A
  • Probiotics 

Probiotics are found in chicory, bananas, onions, tomatoes, and also in garlic. A few infant formulas also follow milk, and young infant formulas are fortified with these probiotics; the latter may help implement a balanced diet. 

The mix of vegetables, fruits, protein sources such as fish or meat, whole grains, fats, and dairy will give your child the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals essential to having a healthy immune system. 

In times of packing, careful meal planning, and healthier snacks, make sure that you can give your child a balanced diet. For the immunity support of your child, you must maintain the healthy food ingredients in his diet.

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