Kid's Nutrition

Moms Unite in Increasing Children's Resistance to Help Prevent infection.

As every mom knows, children in nurseries and schools come into contact with all kinds of different germs every day. Most of the time, they co-exist happily with these microscopic organisms. But sometimes, fluctuations in weather, humidity and temperature can make your little one more vulnerable to infection.

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By The Scott's Team   | 3 min read

By The Scott's Team
3 min read

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To help them increase their resistance to diseases, let’s first take a look at some of the key vitamins and minerals that will give your child’s immune system a boost when it’s needed the most. And later, we’ll check out a new way moms and their friends can prepare for infection – before it happens.

Vitamin C

It’s important that children are getting enough vitamin C every day because this essential nutrient can’t be stored in the body. To keep their levels topped up, try to give them at least five servings of vitamin C - rich fruits and vegetables each day. That way, you’ll be helping them increase production of white blood cells and antibodies their immune systems need to fight off infection-causing germs.

Foods to try include citrus fruits, papaya, mango, kiwi, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes.

Vitamin E

This important antioxidant and immune booster doesn’t get nearly as much good press as vitamin C, but it’s just as important when it comes to maintaining a healthy immune system. That’s because it stimulates the creation of cells that destroy germs, as well as the creation of B-cells – the ‘immune cells’ that produce bacteria-destroying antibodies.  

Good sources of vitamin E include nuts, sunflower seeds, whole grains, olives, asparagus, spinach, brown rice, eggs, milk, liver and kidneys.

Zinc

Foods that are rich in this valuable mineral help ward off infection (and help wounds to heal) by increasing the production of those all-important white blood cells.

Zinc-fortified cereals are good sources of zinc for younger children. Other foods to try include crab, beef, dark meat, turkey, liver, egg yolks, dairy products and beans.

Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids help increase the activity of the white blood cells that destroy bacteria too. Not only that, they can protect the children’s bodies against damage from over-reactions to infection or allergies. This can happen occasionally, when a child’s immune system releases more chemicals than their body needs to fight off a certain allergen. It’s called a hypersensitive response and can lead to an allergic reaction like a rash, for example.

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HEALTH    CLIMBING

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