Top 10 Tips to Improve Immunity of Kids Naturally

Rains/ Winters mean sick children at home and frequent visits to doctor, especially if you have young children at home. To keep kids healthy, it is important to boost their immunity so that they will fall sick less. Most parents want to improve immunity of their children naturally rather than giving them medication. You can take some simple steps to keep your baby healthy and happy.


Research has shown that breastfed babies have stronger immune system. Breast milk has immunity-enhancing antibodies which are passed from mother to her baby. Colostrum or thick yellow pre-milk which flows from mother’s breasts during the first few days after delivery is full of life-saving antibodies and help in building immunity of baby. So breast-feed your baby as soon as possible and as long as you want or is possible for you.

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Good Nutrition

“You are what you Eat!”

There can be nothing truer than this adage. And it starts applying as soon as a baby is born and that is the reason why most parents are concerned about their infants  and toddler’s nutrition needs. Well started is half the battle won, hence inculcating healthy habits early on is very important.

Serve lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to your kids. Introduce fruits and vegetables as a baby and continue. Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals and antibodies which help in fighting diseases. Even Western countries who have a diet predominantly rich in meat and meal products are waking up to the fact that they must include more fruits and vegetables in their children’s diet. According to studies, children must have 3-5 portions of vegetables per day. Include vegetables in cooked and uncooked form.

Other than regular curries, you may give salads like cucumber, tomatoes, steamed vegetables like carrots, corn, peas etc.


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On-time Vaccination

Immunization is a must for every child to keep them safe from a number of serious and life-threatening diseases. Vaccinations start as soon as a baby is born and continue till 2 years, after which there are some booster doses which must be given at prescribed time.

Keep your kid’s vaccination schedule up to date. Do not miss and vaccination or boosters as it leaves your child prone to diseases.

Use a free application like TRACKMEMOM which let you keep track of your baby’s vaccination and sends you alerts in advance so that you never miss any vaccination date. It also send you alerts for doctor’s appointments, let you keep track of baby’s feeding, growth and even lets you make an online Baby Book, all for free.


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Meals on time

Certain level of discipline is important for proper growth and nutrition of children. Maintain regular mealtimes for kids. Having food at regular times and intervals is good for digestion and helps in keeping body stronger. Having meals at regular times also allows your child’s body to send hunger cues at meal times, which will allow him/her to eat well, which again leads to better immunity. Try not to give very heavy snacks as it will interfere with their appetite during lunch or dinner times.

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Maintaining Food Hygiene

1) Teach healthy hygiene habits to your kids.

2) Make sure they wash their hands before and after having meals and after using toilet. These habits should be inculcated as soon as baby starts having solids.

3) Teach toddlers about healthy and junk food. They are less likely to be tempted by fast, junk food if they are aware that those things are bad for them.

4) Teach them about how they can contract germs from open roadside food, which can make them sick.

Encouraging Good Food Hygiene in Kids


Keep Good Sleep Schedule

1) Adequate sleep is  a must to rejuvenate body and keep it strong enough to  fight infections.

2) Ensure that your child goes to bed at same time every evening and has atleast 10-12 hours of sleep. 

3) Maintain nap times if your kid still has them.

4) Have a predictable bedtime routine to relax and put baby to sleep.

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Time outdoors to play and exercise

1) Exercise and outdoor time is important to make body stronger and it also boosts immunity.

2) Ensure your child gets at least 1-2 hours of physical activity every day. Take them to park and let them play at whatever they.

3) Do not try to account for every free hour of your child’s day. You do not have to send them to every activity class that’s available.

Limit time in front of TV or other screens

Too much time in front of TV makes your child lethargic and less active which has adverse effect on child’s health.

Try to not introduce children to TV or other electronic gadgets like tablets etc. for as long as possible. It will make your life easier.

Educate them about the harm too much TV can do their eyes, so that they themselves take the responsibility.

Even when they grow up and have TV time, you must control the quality of program that they are watching.

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No Smoking/ Alcohol

Smoking is injurious for all but even passive smoking is worse for kids than adults as their body systems are still developing. So if you or your spouse smokes, you should quit for your child and yourself.

Alcohol too is not good for you and if you want your child to not drink when he/she is older, you mightwant to stop or at least have rarely.

Home-remedies for Immunity boost

There are numerous tried and tested home remedies that we can include in our daily life give our and our children’s immunity a boost.

1) Give ginger juice and honey twice a day.

2) Add garlic to everyday cooking.

3) Tulsi leaves improve body’s infection-fighting capabilities. They can be crushed and juice can be given with a teaspoon of honey.

4) Foods rich in vitamin C  are known to boost immunity, so add fruits and vegetables rich in vit. C to your child’s diet. Fruits like oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits are all good sources of vit C. Amla or Indian gooseberry is full of this vitamin and so is tomato. The acid in these food items also improves absorption of Iron.

5) Add curd and fermented foods to your child’s diet. These contain pro-biotics which keeps your gut healthy and also protect you against infections.

Also, remember that every time your child catches a cold, the body is also building immunity against those viruses, so they are not all bad.

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17 Replies to “Top 10 Tips to Improve Immunity of Kids Naturally”

  1. danieal Dsouza says:

    want to know more details for building immunitylevels for children aged 12years and above

  2. Alena Sham says:

    You’ve shared great information. I thinks this would help me to understand what my kids want.

  3. Arti says:


    Great tips.. I have a doubt..can I give ginger n honey mix daily even if the child is not having any cold/cough? It won’t have any side effects f we give for months? We use Dabur honey..

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      I am assuming child is over 1 year old. Then yes, you can give during cooler months. Don’t give it daily during summer.

  4. Praveen says:

    My daughter five years old, she is suffering with bronchitis asthma, can we give lemon and honey to her.
    Which one is the best remedy for her
    Can you suggest please

  5. Praveen says:

    My daughter five years old, she is suffering with bronchitis asthma, can we give lemon and honey to her.
    Which one is the best remedy for her
    Can you suggest please.

  6. Vina says:

    Hello, my daughter is 3 years just cross in September-2017. but her main problem, is she is not eating properly. she just eat milk and vita mari biscuts, rairly drink milk, rairly banana, roti with tomato kechup. but usko most of time stomach infection hota he kuch alag diya to, means chicken vegere. and ye stomach infection – acidity problem k liye phir docter antibiotic, vegere dete he. but ye problem usko shuru se he. choti thi sirf milk piti thi bottle se tabhi se ye problem starting se he abhitak. thode thode din k baad acidity infection hota hi rehta he. how to improve her digestion system. please guide

  7. Richa says:

    Thank you for sharing this information !!! Even some super foods like nuts green vegetables, fruits, soups, spices are a great way to increase immunity in Kids!!!!
    Digestive system slows down during monsoons, so it is always better to avoid contaminated water so anything from local vendors, raw uncooked tinned food should be avoided. Give your child a balanced home cooked meal which includes ginger, herbs and spices to increase their immunity. Hands should be washed before eating and everything like the vegetable , fruits must be washed properly . Anything cold should be avoided, fried food, aerated drinks. Keep your kitchen clean, avoid kids from biting their nails, use floor sanitizer while cleaning the floors.

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      Thank you Richa. Those are some valuable suggestions.

    2. Sandhya rai says:

      Hello mam son is 5 years old..he frequently falls ill…doctor says it’s an viral infection…so evry time I need to rush to doctor…june 25 he had cold n fever…it cures agn aft 10 0r 15 days it repeats like fever cold cough …m very much worried…whenever I go to doctor she says it’s a seasonal disease (infection) and prescribes antibiotics…as I know from june to September my son’ has completed more than 5 bottles f antibiotics ,paracetamol and some other medicines for cold …plz give me some suggestion mam..

      1. Trupti says:

        Same problem with my daughter she is 3.5years old now.I m tired of giving her medicine.everytime her doctor prescribed antibiotics for cough cold n fever.plz help me with this.I m so worried.

  8. संदीप says:

    जन्मजातच रोगप्रतिकारक शक्ति कमी असेल तर १ वर्षाच्या आतिल बालाकास ती औषधाने किंवा फले आणि उत्तम आहाराने वाढेल का?

  9. Parveen says:

    My daughter is 16 years old. She suffers from cold cough and snezzing since winter. Please suggest me some remedies


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