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Boosting Immunity in Children

The health of every child and their general wellbeing is very important and it is also essential that their hygiene is constantly checked and their parents or wards also need to ensure that their children consume a balanced diet on a daily basis.

Strengthening the immune system of your child involves (1) protecting them from the harmful effects of germs that are everywhere by ensuring they wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water as well as (2) having a balanced diet, which is a diet consisting of a variety of food and providing adequate amounts of nutrients necessary for good health.

Here are the nine nutrients that every child should be getting on a daily basis:

​Nutrient

Source of Food

PROTEIN: helps a child's body build cells, break down food into energy, fight infection, and carry oxygen.

​Meat, Poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, beans and dairy products.

CARBOHYDRATES: help a child's body to use fat and protein for building and repairing tissue.

​Breads, cereals, rice, crackers, pasta, and potatoes.

FATS: great source of energy for kids and are easily stored in a child's body.

​Whole-milk dairy products, cooking oils, meat, fish, and nuts.

CALCIUM: essential in helping to build a child's healthy bones and teeth.

​Milk, cheeses, yogurt, ice cream, egg yolks, broccoli, spinach and tofu.

IRON: necessary for a child to build healthy blood that carries oxygen to cells all over the body.

​Red meats, liver, poultry, shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, and iron-fortified cereals.

FOLATE: One of the B vitamins, folate is necessary for healthy growth and development of a child's cells. Lack of this vitamin can cause anaemia.

​Whole-grain cereals, lentils, chickpeas, asparagus, spinach, black or kidney beans, and brussels sprouts.

FIBER: helps produce bowel regularity in a child.

​Whole-grain cereals, chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, seeds and nuts.

VITAMIN A: helps growth, assists the eyes in adjusting to dim and bright lights, keeps skin healthy.

​Carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, fish oils and egg yolks.

VITAMIN C: helps fight off the common cold. It also helps the body heal wounds, and is important for building strong bones and teeth.

​Citrus fruits (such as oranges), strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, melons, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, papayas, and mangos

Another vital reason to boost your child immunity is because we are living in an era of Covid-19. Hence, giving your child the right diet rich in antioxidants (Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin E, Omega-3, etc) can protect your child and boost their immune system and also offer more protection against the Covid-19 virus infection.


Furthermore, diets in Nigeria usually lack the essential dessert, which is a serving of fruits and vegetables such as carrots, green beans, watermelon, broccoli, oranges, pineapples, etc. The reason for this is that the main source of these foods in Nigeria- the Northern part, is being faced with some security challenges, which is directly affecting the farmers adversely. Hence, children are unable to get fresh fruits and vegetables quite readily when needed. Given this drawback, it is imperative to seek an alternative source of nourishment and vitality for our young and budding children.


How to choose vitamins for kids

If your child follows a restrictive diet, cannot adequately absorb nutrients, or is a picky eater, they may benefit from taking vitamins. Always discuss supplements with a healthcare professional (e.g., a pharmacist) before giving them to your child. Choose vitamins that are specifically made for kids and ensure they don’t contain mega-doses that exceed the daily nutrient needs for children.

When choosing a vitamin, look for high quality brands and supplements that contain the appropriate dosages of vitamins and minerals for children.

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A special formulation of 21 nutrients, Wellkid Smart Chewable is a clever way to safeguard your child’s intake of a wide range of important nutrients from the UK’s No.1 vitamin company. Wellkid smart chewable tablets contains:

  • Flaxseed oil powder which is a rich source of omega-3 which enhance brain growth and improvement of eyesight in children,

  • Vitamin D which contributes to growth and development of bone in children; also helps to boost their immune system function,

  • Iron which contributes to brain development in children, and

  • Iodine which contributes to normal growth in children

Dosage: Children (4 – 12 years) chew one tablet daily with your main meal. Wellkid smart chewable is suitable for vegetarians and it is gluten-free.



In summary, Wellkid Smart Chewable help to prevent nutrient deficiencies in children within four to twelve years of age, boost their immune system and prevent stunted growth or wasting which could occur due to eating foods that do not contain the right balance of nutrients-giving vitamins.




REFERENCES

1. https://www.unicef.org

2. https://www.parents.com/health/cold-flu/cold/boost-childs-immunity/

3. https://www.nutritionintl.org/our-work/our-global-projects/africa/nigeria/

4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamins-for-kids#how-to-choose


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