Parents' nightmare is their child getting sick. It is natural for children who grow up sterile and sheltered in the family environment for the first 3 years to get sick frequently when they start school and get together with their peers. During their school life, their immune systems improve and they get sick less often. The stronger the immune system of children, the stronger they will be against infectious diseases.
Liv Hospital Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Dicle Çelik lists the essentials for a strong immunity in children as follows:
- Having a healthy pregnancy and healthy nutrition of the mother,
- If possible, normal delivery,
- Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age, if possible. Drinking follow-on milk in the absence or deprivation of breast milk,
- The concept of the first 1000 days. In other words, the additive-free, natural feeding of the baby from the moment it falls into the mother's womb until the end of the age of 2,
- Complete vaccinations according to age,
- Consuming especially homemade kefir, yoghurt, tarhana, turnip juice, boza, (The use of probiotics strengthens the immune system by increasing the friendly bacteria in the intestines.)
- If possible, a life without antibiotics for the first 2 years,
- Regular vitamin D for the first 2 years, then vitamin D supplementation as needed,
- Children playing in the open air,
- Nutrition with foods that do not contain additives and preservatives,
- Children's active sports,
- Regular sleep, especially after midnight, it should not be forgotten that growth hormone is secreted during deep sleep,
- Non-compliance with hygiene rules. Personal hygiene is very important to have a strong immune system. Hygiene in children comes first with hand washing, tooth brushing, bathing and toilet hygiene.