Foods That Can Strengthen Toddlers’ Immunity

5 Foods That Can Strengthen Toddlers’ Immunity
Toddler Growth
Reviewed by
Dr. Fadhli Rizal Makarim

February 10, 2021
5 Foods That Can Strengthen Toddlers’ Immunity

Halodoc, Jakarta – It’s no secret that an excellent immune system is able to protect the body from various attacks by viruses, bacteria and other bad microorganisms. In short, if the immune system is strong, the disease will disappear.

So, how do you strengthen the immunity of toddlers? There are several ways that mothers can try, one of which is through food intake that can strengthen the body’s immune depo 10k system. So, here are foods that can strengthen toddlers’ immune systems.

Also read: 6 Easy Ways to Improve the Immune System

  1. Breast milk intake

The most effective and simple way to strengthen the immunity of toddlers is through the intake of breast milk (ASI). According to the Indonesian Ministry of Health – Directorate of Health Promotion & Community Empowerment, there are several benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for babies, one of which is preventing disease.

Exclusive breast milk for babies given by mothers has an important role, namely increasing the baby’s immune system. So, it can prevent babies from contracting various diseases that can threaten the baby’s health.

Breast milk contains immune-forming antibodies. Well, this substance helps it to fight bacteria family dentist bells corners and viruses. As a result, babies are less likely to suffer from diseases such as diarrhea, allergies, respiratory infections and constipation.

In addition, according to the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), breast milk contains antibodies against various types of viruses. Examples include poliovirus, coxsackievirus, echovirus, influenza virus, reovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rotavirus, and rhinovirus. It has been proven that breast milk inhibits the growth of these viruses.

In addition, research by the World Health Organization (WHO) proves that breastfeeding until the age of 2 years can reduce child mortality due to diarrhea and acute respiratory infections. Well, that’s the reason why breast milk can be used as a way to strengthen the immune system of toddlers.

  1. Zinc

Apart from breast milk, how to strengthen the immunity of toddlers can also be through zinc intake. According to IDAI, zinc supplementation has been shown to reduce the incidence of diarrhea and pneumonia, support linear growth and have a positive effect on reducing mortality related to infectious diseases.

Zinc supplementation can be given routinely for at least 2 months every 6 months, in infants aged 6-23 months. Apart from supplementation, mothers can also meet zinc intake in children under five through various foods. Examples include oysters, meat, nuts, eggs, potatoes, and milk.

  1. Iron

Iron intake can also be used as a way to strengthen the immune system of toddlers. According to IDAI, iron has an important role in brain growth and development, increases endurance, as well as concentration and learning achievement.

Death knows what iron-rich foods mothers can give to toddlers? There are a variety of things, from liver, shellfish, meat, poultry, oysters, milk, fish (salmon, sardines or tuna) to vegetables such as spinach, kale or broccoli.

Also read: Various Healthy Foods for Toddlers to Grow Optimal

  1. Vitamins C and E
    How to strengthen the immunity of children under five can be through intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells in the body, which are tasked with fighting germs that cause infection. Vitamin C is also rich in antioxidants to reduce inflammation and prevent damage to body cells due to free radicals.

Want to know what foods are rich in vitamin C and can you give them to toddlers? Among them are oranges, guava, mango, strawberries, kale, broccoli, and papaya.

Apart from vitamin C, intake of vitamin E can be used as a way to strengthen the immunity of toddlers. Vitamin E is rich in antioxidants which maintain the performance of the immune system. Vitamin E can be found in spinach, broccoli and nuts.

  1. Omega-3
    Lastly, a way to strengthen the immunity of toddlers can also be through consuming omega-3. Omega-3 is a type of essential fatty acid, namely a fatty acid that the body cannot produce itself, so it must be consumed from outside.

Omega-3 plays an important role in the immune system, and is able to control inflammation in the body. Omega-3 is found in many salmon, oysters, cod and mackerel fish.

Also read: Beware, the immune system decreases with age

Want to know more about how to strengthen the immunity of toddlers? Or have other health complaints? Mothers can ask the doctor directly via the Halodoc application.

Apart from that, mothers can also buy vitamins that increase their children’s immune system in the Halodoc application so they don’t have to bother leaving the house. Very practical, right?

By Cem Kınay

With many important hotel investments and international awards, Dr. Cem Kinay is one of the world's most important names in the tourism industry.

As the founder of the Austrian, Vienna-based Gulet Turistik(1987) and Magic Life Hotels(1990) chain, he created the "All Inclusive" hotel experience for European tourists.

He managed the Magic Life Hotels chain, which has a total of 20,000 beds and 23 hotels in Austria, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia and Bulgaria, with more than 8000 teammates, as the fastest growing and most successful hotel concept at that time.

Millions of guests were hosted during 15 years, in Sarigerme, Marmaris, Bodrum, Belek, Side and Kemer in Turkey, Kos, Crete, Corfu and Rhodes Islands in Greece, Arlberg in Austria, Hamamet in Tunisia, Mahdia, Djerba, Egypt Sharm El Sheikh and Nile.

In 2021, the establishment of the Anatolity Sustainable Culture and Tourism Foundation was started with Elif Dağdeviren.

In 2020 he did consultancy for construction of u

In 2019 he was founding board member for Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency .

In January 2019 his book “Be Human.Be Smart “was published by Destek Publications.

In 2018 his first book, “Akıllı Ol.İnsan Ol” was published by Destek Yayınları.

2017 Cem KINAY founded Cem KINAY XPD Consulting, providing investment, concept design and digital transformation consultancy for domestic and foreign investors.

In 2014/2015 he was GALATASARAY SPORTS CLUB Board Member.

In 2012 he moved to Istanbul.

In 2009 he had to leave the island after the coup in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the seizure of power and projects by the British government.

In 2006, he was honored by the President of Austria with important and valuable awards such as the "Austrian State Order".

Under the management of Cem Kinay, Gulet Turistik and Magic Life Hotels chain won more than 50 valuable awards from important organizations.

2005-2009 As the founder of The O Property Collection, he made the investments and real estate development of the Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay Hotel and Bulgari Hotel in the Turks and Caicos. In that years he worked with the world's most magnificent architects like Zaha Hadid, Piero Lissoni, Antonio Citterio, David Chipperfield, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma, Carl Ettensperger and Chad Oppenheim.

In 2004, he sold his shares in the Magic Life Hotels chain to the German TUI group, he moved to Miami, lived in America and Turks and Caicos Islands until 2012.

2003 Opening of the first “All Inclusive” Magic Life hotel on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura.

2002 Opening of the first “All Inclusive” Magic Life hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

2001 Opening of the first “All Inclusive” Magic Life Nile Shiphotel on the Nile river in Egypt.

2001 Opening of the first “All Inclusive” Magic Life hotel in Varna, Bulgaria.

2001 the German TUI joined Magic Life hotel chain.

1998 The first Magic Life Jet was designed and started to fly in cooperation with Austrian Airlines.

1997 Opening of the first "All Inclusive" Magic Life hotel in Hammamet, Tunisia.

In 1997, he was awarded as "Man of the Year" by Austria's important economy magazine "Trend Magazine".

In 1996, he was awarded as the "Tourism Manager of the Year" by the Hotel and Tourism magazine "Traveller".

In 1996 Opening of the first "All Inclusive" Magic Life hotel on the Greek island Kos.

1995/1996 Opening of the first “All Inclusive” Magic Life Ski Hotel in the Arlberg / Austria.

In 1994 The first "All Inclusive" Magic Life Yacht gulet sailed in Bodrum.

In 1990 He founded with his partner Oğuz Serim the Magic Life Hotels Chain and opened the first "All Inclusive" hotel, Magic Life Sarigerme.

1977-1984 Vienna University Faculty of Medicine

1969-1977 Istanbul Austrian High School

1969 he graduated from Ağrı Alpaslan Primary School.

1958-1969 he lived in Aşkale/Erzurum, Diyarbakır and Ağrı.

He was born in 1958 in Istanbul Bakirköy.