06/07/2017 8:52 AM IST | Updated 24/09/2018 6:55 PM IST

3 No-Effort Home Remedies To Boost Your Child’s Immunity

Start by using the right kind of spoon.

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Is your child coughing yet again? Does your life seem like a never-ending saga of allergy medications, with a few healthy days thrown in?

Many parents are worried about their child falling ill every other week due to an allergic cold or a cough. A runny/stuffy nose that renders the child irritable and puts them off food is every parent's nightmare.

It is times like these when parents pray for the body's innate defence mechanism, the immune system, to kick in and help the child fight off infections.

Sometimes nutritional deficiencies can affect the developing immune functions amongst children. Improving these will dramatically improve your child's chances of recovering from an illness sooner and bounce back faster. As always a pinch of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

With a silver spoon in your mouth...

Silver as a metal is oligodynamic or biocidal by nature. This means that it kills several disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, virus, spores, etc.

That is why traditionally infants are fed their first cow's milk and their first solids from silver cups and spoons. The metal's pathogen-killing properties make it ideal for purifying drinking water and even for use in surgical dressings and disinfectants.

Try feeding your child in silver bowls and spoons. Don't worry about metal poisoning because the metal cannot be digested by the human body unless it is insoluble salts.

You will see benefits almost immediately.

A tulsi a day

Tulsi, or holy basil, is used as an offering to the divine forces in India. But did you know that it has immense health benefits? Tulsi is used as an adaptogen in Ayurveda and comes strongly advised for symptoms of a cough and cold.

However, it can be used as a superb preventer for common colds and infections also, meaning that you can use it to stave off symptoms.

Grow a pot of tulsi at home and ask your child to have two or three leaves every day. Just pluck them off the shrub, wash and crush lightly with your fingers. If the astringent taste is too much for your child, add a few drops of honey.

Honey, I grew the kids!

Honey has antioxidant, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Honey also can improve your digestive system, treat acid reflux, soothe a sore throat, provide relief from a nasty cough, improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity, and heal wounds and scars quickly.

Locally sourced honey is always better than the store bought ones because it has properties to fight pollen and allergens around your locality.

Warning: Doctors forbid giving honey to children under age 1.

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