Look Out For These Signs And Symptoms For Low Immunity
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As a parent, it’s quite natural to be concerned with your child’s health. Ensuring they don't fall prey to roguish germs and get sick is a task in itself, especially with the ever-increasing exposure to environmental pollution and food contamination.
This is where strong immunity comes into play. While falling ill once in a while is normal, if you find your child catching more than their fair share of infections, there might just be something amiss with their immune system.
How Do You Gauge Whether Your Child’s Immune System Is Healthy?
Some of the symptoms of a weakened immune system are:
- Frequent Infections: Recurrent and frequent respiratory infections such as cold and flu
- Delayed Healing: Mild wounds take too long to heal when the immune system is weak.
- Failure To Gain Weight: Poor growth and underweight status can be red signals pointing to poor immunity.
- Nutritional Deficiencies: A weak immune system leads to poor nutritional status in children. Visible signs of nutritional deficiencies like skin and hair changes, brittle nails, bruising easily and low attention span are tell-tale signs of a weak immune system.
If your child seems to be exhibiting most of these symptoms, it could be an indication of poor immunity. It is important to understand that one of the causes of weak immunity could be lack of crucial nutrients.
Nutrition is a critical determinant of a healthy immune response. Inadequate nutrition level is one of the most common causes of immunodeficiency worldwide. Deficiency of even one single nutrient can result in altered immune responses, even if the deficit is relatively mild. It’s important to remember that, of all the micronutrients, zinc, selenium, iron, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E, B12, B6, and folic acid have crucial roles to play in influencing the immune response of a child.
Getting sick often may seem like just another part of growing up for a kid, but it is critical to keep an eye on the frequency and severity. Good nutrition helps support the immune system and a strong immune system does not just keep away frequent illness but also helps in proper growth and development of your child.