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Boost your Toddler's Immune System

Boost your Toddler's Immune System

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The body’s immune system becomes stronger over time - a toddler’s is still developing. Exposure to some foreign bacteria and viruses from birth plays an important role in strengthening your toddler’s immune system to fight future invaders. On average your toddler fights five to eight colds a year, mainly during the winter months, and this number may increase when they are exposed to other children at day care or school.

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Help strengthen your toddler’s immune system

The digestive system is responsible for a large percentage of your toddler’s immune function – in fact up to 80% of the body’s immune cells are found here. It is therefore very important to keep the digestive system functioning well. Here are some top tips to help keep your toddlers immune system supported:

  1. Ensure your toddler is getting a healthy diet consisting of a variety of fresh foods. Include a colourful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as essential fats and oils from fish, tuna, eggs and seeds;
  2. Include foods rich in vitamin C.  Vitamin C is an important nutrient which supports your toddler’s immune system – green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, kiwi fruit and strawberries are all great sources of vitamin C;
  3. Eat plenty of foods rich in iron. Another nutrient that supports your toddlers immune system. Red meat in particular is high in iron, but also include other sources such as fish and chicken and eggs;
  4. Include foods rich in vitamin B6, an important nutrient that helps support your toddlers growing immune system – whole grain cereals and legumes, green and leafy vegetables, fish and shellfish, meat and poultry, nuts and liver are all great sources;
  5. Your toddler’s body regenerates, renews and repairs itself while sleeping so make sure your toddler has good sleeping habits and patterns.

The immune system does need some stimulation in order to work effectively so don’t panic when you don’t get to clean the house – it is ok to have a few germs about. It is actually ok for your child to get sick and have a bit of dirt on their hands. It is strengthening their immune system for future invaders (that will come).

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