How to Boost Baby's Immunity


Don’t take it for granted.

I think I’ve been quite fortunate, probably only needing the doctor for ailments perhaps a couple times in the last 5 years. Even though my husband comes home with some sort of bug or the flu every few weeks… I’ve been pretty immune. If I feel myself getting ill, I just boost my vitamin C consumption (usually in the form of a huge thirst quenching drink) and my body fixes itself. No pain or problem.

But recently, I can feel that my immunity is no longer as good, maybe my new lifestyle with baby in tow, has run me down more than I realise. But just before our holiday in Phuket in January this year, I came down with a full blown bad sore throat and cough. It took me a whole week to get rid of it. Baby Myla Rae also caught it. She started coughing too. And I thought for sure she would be worse off than me, because she’s just a baby, plus we’re travelling in a few days time... But surprisingly, before I could take her to the Pediatrician the next day, she had gotten over her cough. Phew! Can you imagine the worry and trouble if we had to travel with a sick baby?!


And then... On our way back from Phuket, the man seated behind us in the airplane, started vomiting violently. I’m talking SPLATTERING kind of vomit. It reached all the way to my armrest!!! OMG YUCK. And immediately, I started to worry that my baby would catch some virus from him. My husband said, No lah, the poor guy probably had food poisoning, nothing contagious.

The next day, my husband started vomiting. Two days later, I vomited through the whole night and felt very run down and weak the next day. Thankfully, it was just like a 24hr stomach bug. We were both ok the day after vomiting. I was not worried about myself, I was worried about the baby. But she was totally unaffected. Phew again!!

Protecting a child against illnesses has to be one of the top concerns of parents. I constantly worry about it, maybe it’s a first time mom thing lol. But I’ve found that I can be less worried now after those episodes because my baby’s immunity is actually not bad. Better than mine it seems.

Here’s what I’ve been doing for her so far:

1. A large serving of fruit a day. She takes about a whole bowl of fruit a day, more than is required for a 1 year old, but I feel it’s a good habit to have, and she enjoys it, so why not. Try to get your child to eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day. One serving is about two tablespoons for toddlers, 1 cup for older kids. Instead of snacks like puffs and rusks which she doesn’t like that much anyway, I give Myla fruit for her afternoon snack. I usually make it a very watery type fruit like watermelon, kiwi, dragon fruit… because it helps put extra hydration in her (she doesn’t drink a lot of water from her straw water bottle, argh!).

2. A multivitamin once a day. I just got one off the pharmacy shelf, It’s called WellBaby and has 14 vitamins and minerals. When this finishes, I’ll try another brand. Sometimes I do forget to give her a daily dose.... Cos I’m quite forgetful. But when she’s been exposed to germs and viruses… like with the splattering vomit man… I will suddenly remember to keep up with her multivitamin lol. Hey, it works.

3. Probiotics. In our digestive tracts, certain illnesses can knock the balance between the good and bad bacteria off, and probiotics can help to restore that balance. Probiotics can also help reduce the chances of baby developing eczema and allergies, according to research carried out at the Swansea Baby Trial. You can give your baby a probiotic supplement. Or like me, you can give them foods that are rich in probiotics such as yoghurt, cheese and milk that is fortified with probiotics. Myla Rae drinks Friso Gold 2, which has both probiotics and prebiotics. Friso Gold 2 is a follow-on formula that gives Myla Rae well-balanced nutrition and supports her gut health.

4. She eats lots of fish. Tucking into oily fish such as salmon isn’t just good for boosting brain development, the high levels of essential fatty acids have also been found to help improve immunity in children. Essential fatty acids help white blood cells to function and white blood cells are what helps baby fight off infection .

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  1. Glad to hear that your baby has a great immunity, as a firstime mum too, I was worried about my little princess too. My sister recommended to give her milk formula for baby to support her immunity and nutrition too.


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