Cold and flu are no fun for anyone anymore. But this chilly season infections of different kinds can be more challenging when they inflate your family’s tiniest cutie. The parents, siblings, relatives, and friends can help in preventing the babies from catching up with germs and infections. Even vaccines for the babies when they are six-month-olds can also immunize them from other sicknesses and flu. Other hygienic measures include washing one’s hands, covering the face while coughing and sneezing with a handkerchief or a tissue and distancing away from the babies when they are sick or ill.
If your baby has just started to eat solid foods, you can also support her good health by making up tasty foods. And, it also would boost up her immune system. Add the below-mentioned ingredients to your baby’s food and help keep the ill effects of illness away and keep the baby healthy.
Whole-fat plain yogurt: The plain yogurt is a great way to get probiotics, which are the good bacteria that helps your baby’s system to fight away the bad and harmful bacteria in the digestive tract and promote overall immunity and ease side effects if she needs the antibiotics. Yogurt is also proven as a good source of immunity-boosting Vitamin-D and also useful proteins that are good for the child’s body and helps overall growth. This yogurt also helps repair the defective body cells if any. It also helps in maintaining competent white blood cells that are very useful in fighting various infections.
Sweet potatoes: This all seasonal yellow-orange colored tubers are full of beta carotene that gets converted into Vitamin-A in our body. It is also useful for a very healthy immune system for our body functions. Carrots, squash, pumpkins, mangoes, and dark green leafy veggies are also an excellent source of beta-carotene. You can take the help of many recipe books to churn out tasty food for your baby.
Avocado: this creamy fruit is a good source full of Vitamin E which is a potent antioxidant and Vitamin B6 which helps build up cells that are mostly needed for the healthy immune system of the baby and increase immune response. The Omega 3 fatty acids that are present in the avocado also help the body to absorb immune, better-boosting nutrients. So including this in your baby’s dinner will make the most of all the healthy ingredients that go into the mouth of your little one: puree or mashed avocado well before feeding your kid. If a baby is around ten months, then you could also try the spunky coconuts simple DIY with avocado and pear ice pops.
Brown rice: these little grains are full of nutrients and essential minerals like magnesium and selenium that are essential for the overall body growth of your precious child, and they both enhance immunity and bolster resistance to viral infections. Puree cooked brown rice with meats, vegetables or fruit, brown rice blended with roasted bananas, a pinch of cinnamon and add a little water is so good that even we could eat it. Its also delicious mashed up with stewed up dry fruits.
Blueberries: whether fresh or frozen, blueberries are a super source of multiple antioxidants, especially the flavored compound anthocyanins, which help in fighting off all sorts of illness from your baby. The blueberries are also a rich source of Vitamin C, and the researchers have found that Vitamin C is beneficial in fighting the common cold in babies, it may help ease symptoms while your child is already sick of the illness. Whole blueberries are a choking hazard. But, you can mash up the fruit and mix it up with apples, bananas, pears, yogurt, oatmeal or even a minced non-veg dish to make a baby-friendly meal.