5 Ways to Boost Your Baby's Immunity

Colds and flu are a fact of life for tots, but here are some healthy tips to give your child's immune system a boost...


Serve more fruits & veg

Carrots, green beans, oranges, strawberries all contain immunity-boosting phytonutrients that increase the body's production of infection-fighting white blood cells, blocking out viruses.

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Boost sleep time

Sleep deprivation makes us more susceptible to illness, so ensure your tot gets plenty of rest!

How much sleep do kids need?
Infants: upto 16 hours
Toddlers: 11 to 14 hours
Preschoolers: 10 to 13 hours

If your child is overstimulated during the day and can't or won't take naps, try to put them to bed earlier to make up the hours!

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Indoor plants to the rescue!

If your child struggles with allergies or asthma, there are probably certain factors that can aggrevate their symptoms: air pollution, pollen, dust or mould. House plants scrub the air of toxins and pollutants, working as natural air purifiers. Indoor greenery works as a filter and catches allergens for you.

Needless to say, if you have a pollen allergy avoid daisies and sunflowers at all costs. And did you know, it’s been proven by NASA that rooms with indoor greenery tend to have less dust and mould!

Breastfeed your baby

Breast milk contains turbo-charged immunity-enhancing antibodies and white blood cells, guarding your little one against allergies and infections.

The World Health Organization recommends that infants start breastfeeding within one hour of life, are exclusively breastfed for six months, and continue breastfeeding along with solid foods for upto two years of age or beyond.

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Guard against germ spread

Reduce stress on your child's immune system by making sure they wash their hands often—and with soap.

Pay particular attention to their hygiene before and after meals and after playing outside, handling pets, blowing their nose or using the bathroom.

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Bonus: Germ-busting tip

If your child does get sick, throw out their toothbrush right away! A child can't catch the same cold or flu virus twice, but the virus can hop from toothbrush to toothbrush, infecting other family members.

If it's a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, however, your child can re-infect themselves with the same germs that got them sick in the first place. In that case, tossing out the toothbrush protects both your child and the rest of your family.

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