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How do you immunize your child against colds and flu?

How do you immunize your child against colds and flu?


Cold season respiratory viruses are on the hunt for children and babies in their nets. Those who have a weakened immune system fall prey to respiratory infections that can overwhelm their condition. Avoid these diseases, as well as complications that may occur by strengthening the baby's immune system.

Prevention of colds and flu in children, as well as other common respiratory infections, is the best way to keep your baby healthy throughout the year. There are several natural methods by which this can be done, but also the specific medications and flu vaccines that you should consider for your baby.

Influenza vaccine in infants

Children between 6 and 23 months can be immunized with the flu vaccine. Children over 2 years of age who have risk factors or certain conditions that can be aggravated with contracting an influenza virus need to get their vaccine. Healthy children should also be vaccinated after 2 anisors.

The vaccine does not provide complete immunization against all colds and flu strains, but experts say that children who contract such a virus after vaccination will develop a milder form of the disease and avoid complications.

Influenza vaccination of the whole family

For your baby to be completely safe against respiratory viruses, all family members must be completely healthy, so it is good for them to get their seasonal flu shot. This is especially important if you have a baby under 6 months who cannot be vaccinated and is more exposed to these conditions.

Breastfeeding, natural strengthening of the baby's immune system

Babies who are breastfed are taking advantage of the fact that they benefit from essential nutrients and minerals, which help to form antibodies that protect them from various diseases, including influenza viruses. Breastfeeding helps the natural strengthening of the child's immune system.

Breastfeeding is essential for the good development and growth of the baby and no food or any type of artificial artificial milk ensures the same quality and protection as breast milk

Compliance with hygiene rules in babies

Adhering to common hygienic rules could put your baby under adverse effects of seasonal diseases.

  • frequently wash the handles;

  • tell him about the habit of putting objects in the mouth that can be contaminated;

  • keep an antibacterial gel in the bag for when you do not have access to water to wipe the sleeves;

  • keep it away from children who are ill with the flu or cold, etc.

Maintaining a clean, sterile environment around the child

It is extremely important that the room where the baby is is kept clean, crushed and constantly ventilated. Oxygenation of the chamber helps stimulate blood circulation and increase hemoglobin, stimulates respiration and digestion, and the child's immune system gains new strength.

Avoid crowded spaces

In the cold season it is advisable to protect the small areas exposed to a higher risk of contamination such as malls, hypermarkets or public transport. These are areas at high risk of exposure to seasonal flu, and if your baby is very sensitive, you are at risk for contracting the virus and suffering from complications.

Nutrition rich in vitamins

Babies do not have an immune system sufficiently developed to cope with viruses and they are mild targets.

In babies over 6 months of age who have a diverse diet, doctors recommend parents to focus on foods high in vitamins that are meant to strengthen the child's immune system. Fresh vegetables and fruits are one such example. You can orient yourself to the season-specific citrus fruits and herbal teas and fruits rich in vitamins.

Immunostimulators for babies

Parents often tend to buy, without medical advice, a lot of immunostimulants that appear on the pharmaceutical market and are praised through advertisements that would be of real benefit to children. It is essential that you do not give your baby any such product unless you consult a doctor beforehand. You risk doing more harm than good!

Here are some common types of immunostimulators for children:

  • Broncho-Vaxom;

  • echinacea;

  • Aloe Vera;

  • Oscillococcinum;

  • Septilin.

Moms in the community have raised the issue of immunization on the site forum and provided some tips and advice that worked to immunize their baby against the flu and the cold:

Ramona Mag: I am breastfeeding and although everyone in the house was chilled including me, the little one didn't even have a fever.

Lory32: regarding the stimulation of immunity, so far I have not been told by the pediatrician to give her anything other than oscilococcinum (...) is a homeopathic medicine, but considering that it is exclusively herbal, it has nothing to do to harm the baby, even writes on prospectus given to young children.

Emushi: we used oscillicoccinum, the problem is that it gives immunity only for a week, so it must be administered weekly (...) Immuno Baby is given as long as I know from 3 months. Another variant (I think the best one) would be Broncho-vaxom; unfortunately I did not give it to my little girl and now I am sorry ... it is good for babies, it is like a vaccine, but it is a treat. And the ribomunyl is also like this, it has a slightly narrower spectrum, but I don't know the administration scheme ...

Alinadonu: up to 6 months I used the water from the boiled and cooled well, then from the tap as well, first a boil; In the matter of immunity I started giving Imunobaby a week because he has no problem doing it and I give him half a tablet of vitamin C for children dissolved in tea. I hope we don't stop.

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