6 home remedies to keep your child healthy during changing weather

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6 home remedies to keep your child healthy during changing weather

As a nutritionist and an aunt to 2 adorable nieces (2 and 4 years), the most common question that I am faced with is how to keep children from contracting cold and flu with the change in weather especially during winters. Remedies to keep your child safe are present in your humble kitchen.

Top 6 home remedies to keep children safe and healthy:

Tulsi: Tulsi or basil leaves revered for their divine properties in India has immune-modulatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties that help improve immunity and fight against various infections and allergies.
Tips: Give 3-4 tulsi leaves to your child empty stomach in morning and make sure the child chews the leaves. Tulsi swallowed whole can block the oesophageal track of small children and cause suffocation or will be excreted whole without giving any benefits.

Citrus fruits: Vitamin C is an essential nutrient to improve immunity that protects children from common cold and flu. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are good sources of vitamin C.
Tips: In my personal experience, orange juice and lemon water (nimbu pani) at room temperature are children's favourite and the best way to include citrus fruit. Lemon or orange yoghurt is another great method to include citrus fruits in children's diet.

Soup: A bowl of hot soup especially chicken or tomato soup provides warmth and fluids, reduces inflammation and helps fight infections.
Tips: Do not feed soup to children with dinner because soup would fill them up and they would not have dinner. The ideal time to feed soup to children is about 1 ½ to 2 hours before dinner.

You can watch videos http://bit.ly/Appystore_soups on making variety of soups and give it to your kids.

Ginger and honey: Ginger juice and honey combined together acts as an elixir against common cold and flu. Ginger juice has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties whereas honey coats the throat giving a soothing feel.
Tips: Ginger-honey juice should be given at bed time. Homemade gingerale made using lemon, ginger and honey is also a kid's favourite

Turmeric: Turmeric has an anti-inflammatory property and boosts immunity
Tips: Turmeric should be added to all curries and dals. Turmeric can also be added to hot milk or give as turmeric toffees

Milk & Yoghurt: Rich in calcium, proteins and vitamin A, milk and yoghurt helps build not just strong muscles but also strong immunity. In addition, the helpful bacteria in yoghurt stops multiplication of harmful bacteria and helps fight stomach upset.
Tips: Children these days are very fussy about drinking milk. Milkshakes and fruit yoghurts are kids all-time favourite. Do not add lot of sugar to milkshake or yoghurt, instead use ripe fruits for sweetness

Tulsi, citrus fruits, soup, honey-ginger, turmeric, milk and yoghurt are easily available and simple remedies to keep your child healthy and protect him from falling ill with change in weather.

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John Muller
December 09, 2016 @ 12:31 PM

The mentioned home remedies are very useful to increase the health with naturally.This will help you out to live a little longer.

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Kavitha Vasu
March 23, 2016 @ 09:49 PM

Helo doctor, I am kavitha .. my daughter is 11mnths old.. and her weight is 7.2kg.. and her birth weight was 2.8kg.. she looks so lean. But very active one.. is tat normal weight or not! And how can I raise the weight of my baby..

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Anu Radhakrishnan
March 29, 2016 @ 11:13 AM

Dear Kavitha, Kids normally double their birth weight by 6 months and triple it by 12 months. If your daughter's birth weight was 2.8 kg, at 11 months with 7.2 kg she is doing absolutely fine. Now a days we say that focus on making sure your baby is growing well, performing all activities and dont concentrate on weight unless she is majorly underweight. So you need not worry at all. Your daughter is absolutely fine. Give her a balanced meal and she would grow to a perfectly healthy baby. If you any more doubts, please feel free to message me. Best Wishes, Dr. Neha Sanwalka

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Kavitha Vasu
March 23, 2016 @ 09:49 PM

Helo doctor, I am kavitha .. my daughter is 11mnths old.. and her weight is 7.2kg.. and her birth weight was 2.8kg.. she looks so lean. But very active one.. is tat normal weight or not! And how can I raise the weight of my baby..

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Nilufar Rahaman
March 18, 2016 @ 01:16 PM

Thank you. Its great help for me. Let me try.

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kanchan Garg
September 29, 2015 @ 05:34 PM

can we give tulsi juice 5 ml to a 3-5 yr kid for a long time like 6 month in continuity to improve immunity........

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gayatri kulkarni
March 15, 2015 @ 11:03 PM

I am gayatri I have 2 kids one is 7 yrs and one is 11 mnths. 11 months baby she's weight is 7 kg is it OK? all r telling she is slim not fat she is very active tell me

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 17, 2015 @ 02:40 PM

Hi Gayatri, What was your baby's birth weight? Normally birth weight doubles by 6 months and triples by 12 months. Please see where your baby stands on growth chart. 7 kgs does sound a little low for a 11 month old baby, however, without knowing other things such as her height, birthweight its difficult to make a conclusion. Best Regards, Dr. Neha Sanwalka

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anita babel
March 14, 2015 @ 12:57 PM

Thank u

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 16, 2015 @ 10:13 PM

Hi Anita, :) I am glad you found the tips useful. Best regards, Dr. Neha

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reena
March 05, 2015 @ 10:01 PM

Want to reduce my weight.

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 16, 2015 @ 10:12 PM

Hi Reena, Weight reduction is a lifestyle change you need to adopt. Please contact a qualified nutritionist/ dietitian closest to you or you can write to us at contact@nutricanvas.com as we do online consultations. Best regards, Dr. Neha Sanwalka

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shana
March 05, 2015 @ 01:42 PM

Thanks for your tips its really helpful, iam mother of two daughters 8 and 3yrs,both easily get cold and flu, , even I tried most of your tips already. Even my younger one has wheeze cough often. Please help me in improving their immunity power.shana

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 16, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

Hi Shana, I shall soon write more ways to strengthen immunity of children. Best regards, Dr. neha

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lakshmi Santosh
March 04, 2015 @ 10:01 PM

Hi I am Lakshmi I am a mother of 11yr boy. I find that he is putting on weight a lot even after being very active n eat normally I mean not lot many junk pls help his vitamin d is 10

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 16, 2015 @ 10:11 PM

Hi Lakshmi, I would suggest that you consult a pediatric endocrinologist. Your son's vitamin D levels are very low. A detailed blood check may be needed to understand why he is gaining weight? Is he very active? Does he play sports? Are his thyroid levels normal? Has he stepped into puberty? All these questions need to be answered to know why he is gaining weight. So I would suggest you see a good pediatric endocrinologist. If you are in Mumbai/Pune or surrounding areas, you could consult Dr Vaman Khadilkar at Pune. He is one of the best in India. For more information, write to me at contact@nutricanvas.com. Best Regards. Dr. Neha Sanwalka

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supriya
March 04, 2015 @ 12:17 AM

Thanks for sharing the useful info. I am glad that i m using these remedies for my child already..

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 16, 2015 @ 10:05 PM

Hi Supriya, I am so glad to hear that you are using these remedies already. Thats what we all need. To go back to our roots and use this traditional methods to keep our children healthy & fit. Best Regards, Dr. Neha Sanwalka

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sayanti bakshi gupta
March 03, 2015 @ 05:57 PM

My son is 3yrs& 3mnths old but he did not eat his tiffin at scool ....... Please help

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 16, 2015 @ 10:03 PM

Hi Sayanti, Try and talk to your son why he doesnt eat his tiffin? Does he want to take something else in tiffin or he just doesnt feel hungry during the break? As he is 3 years and 3 months old, what are his pre-school timing? His schooling hours would be less and probably he is too full to eat what you give him. Also find out if the school provides your child with any snacks and if thats the reason he does not eat his tiffins. I will soon try to write article about school tiffins for pre-schoolers. For more information, you can write to me at contact@nutricanvas.com. Best regards. Dr. Neha Sanwalka

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veena
March 03, 2015 @ 09:23 AM

In which hospital u come for consultation. ......n what is ur consulting charges. ....For proper diet

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asha
March 02, 2015 @ 04:40 PM

Thank you neha for your wonderful tips. It wil be of great help.

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 16, 2015 @ 09:59 PM

Hi Asha, Glad you found these tips useful. Best Regards, Dr. Neha Sanwalka

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kalyani
March 01, 2015 @ 09:23 PM

Mam by son is 14 months old he is not having food... I am giving mother feed to him.. 2 times i forced food to him but even though he is asking for feed.. Wat should i do in order to make him eat food...

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 16, 2015 @ 10:06 PM

Hi Kalyani, Eating habits form from a very young age in children. You could try some of our tips to help feed your little one from here: http://blog.appystore.in/health-wellbeing/how-to-encourage-your-fussy-toddler-to-eat/ Best Regards, Dr. Neha Sanwalka

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Sarosh
February 28, 2015 @ 09:02 AM

Thanks Dr for such good remedies

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 16, 2015 @ 09:58 PM

Hi Sarosh, Glad you found these tips useful. Best Regards, Dr. Neha Sanwalka

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Vandna
February 27, 2015 @ 10:28 PM

Hi can u plz tell something to gain weight. I am a mother of 1.5 yr baby. My weight is only 48 kg. Can u plz tell something to gain weight in breastfeeding feeding also.

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Dr. Neha Sanwalka
March 16, 2015 @ 09:58 PM

Hi Vandana, Are you still breastfeeding? You can continue breastfeeding for another 6 months and slowly completely wean your child off breastfeeding by the time he is 2 years old. As for weight gain, include whole cream milk, cheese, cottage cheese (paneer), dry fruits, whole egg (if you are an eggitarian) in your day to day diet. However, you need to understand that weight gain needs to be healthy weight gain and you need to workout so that you gain muscles and not fat (you can workout if you are physically fit and unless specified otherwise). For more tips, please contact a qualified nutritionist close to you who can plan a balanced diet for you. Best regards, Dr. Neha

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Badri Sanjeevi
February 03, 2015 @ 10:41 AM

Practical tips for keeping our children healthy.

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Neha Sanwalka
Dr. Neha Sanwalka has a PhD in health sciences, masters in nutrition & dietetics and is a certified diabetes educator. She specialises in neonatal, paediatric & endocrinal nutrition, bone health & SPSS (a statistical software). She is the director of a start-up, NutriCanvas, which provides diet consultations and conducts various nutrition workshops.

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