The human body’s immunity develops over time, so the more the body is exposed to germs, the more developed its immune system becomes, and therefore children’s immunity may be relatively weaker. Because everything that surrounds them is new to them, and children’s disease is inevitable, and there is no magic cure that enables parents to avoid their children’s disease, but they can try to strengthen their children’s immunity in natural ways to become more able to resist diseases in the following ways:
- Breastfeeding During pregnancy, some antibodies are transmitted from the mother to the child through the placenta, and remain as part of the child’s immune system for several months after birth. According to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the mother should exclusively breastfeed her child during the first six months of the child’s life. This is because breastfeeding, in addition to providing the child with all the nutritional elements he needs, supports the child’s immunity in a way that artificial breastfeeding cannot provide him with.
- Adherence to the schedule of vaccinations for children, prevent infection with nearly fourteen dangerous and infectious diseases, such as measles and whooping cough, which can pose a risk to the child’s health and long-term problems, some of which may lead to death. And when the child’s body is exposed to the vaccine for these diseases, it makes the necessary antibodies to fight these diseases, and thus vaccines provide him with future protection in case he is exposed to them.
- Providing children with healthy, balanced food and food supplies their bodies with vitamins and minerals that enhance the functioning of their immune system better, in addition to obtaining antioxidants that protect immune cells from oxidative damage that may impair their functioning. It is worth noting that the most important and common cause of immunodeficiency in the world is malnutrition. (Iron. Zinc. Selenium. Folic acid. Copper. Vitamin A. vitamin C. Vitamin E. Vitamin B6. Vitamin B12).
- Adequate sleep The child’s failure to get an adequate number of hours of sleep affects the functioning of his immune system, and the number of white blood cells decreases, so it is important to organize the child’s time to ensure that he gets enough hours of sleep during the night.
- Sport and movement There is no direct relationship between exercise and the immune system, but exercise improves blood circulation, improves heart and lung health, which benefits the immune system and strengthens it. Therefore, it is recommended to encourage children to play, move, and participate in school sports and other things.
- Nutritional supplements Some people may resort to providing the child with nutritional supplements to increase his immunity, but it is not recommended to give the child the vitamins and minerals necessary for the health of his immune system in the form of nutritional supplements, and it is better to obtain them from food, and the doctor is resorted to in special cases to prescribe nutritional supplements only.