Raising children is not an easy task and the health of their children is usually one of the top priorities for parents.
New parents are also likely to seek advice from their peers, parents, and even previous generations on how to help their children develop.
We spoke to three Singaporean parents to find out how they keep their kids in tip-top shape, and they shared everything from old-school tips to more modern tips.
Diane Choo, mother of three boys, uses “best practices” recommended to her by her own mother.
“My mother’s best tip is to apply telon oil to my kids’ tummy after bathing to ensure proper digestion. It’s very popular and my siblings and friends use it for their kids too.”
“We also give walnut oil, which provides essential fatty acids and is said to be good for gut health and the immune system.”
“Growing up, my mother would also apply zambuk (a medicated ointment) when I had bruises, cuts and even mosquito bites. We also use it for my sons.”
While some of these “old” methods are still used by today’s parents, other practices like sleep training and a focus on nutrition are taking center stage.
“Find nutritious diets that your child can tolerate well”
First-time mom Magdalene Lim thinks it’s important to introduce her son Asher to a variety of foods from an early age.
She had learned that from her own parents and from books she had read.
Lim believes that eating a wide range of nutritious foods can help children boost their immunity by providing them with a range of vitamins and minerals.
Introducing a variety of foods early can also help them become less picky about their food.
Aside from not forcing her son to finish his food, Lim also reintroduced foods that Asher may not have liked the first time because he wasn’t used to them.
She recommends following the Instagram accounts of these moms who share food inspiration for kids:
“Help [them] Develop a greater curiosity about trying new types of foods, start sleep training early.
Zacharoy Dass makes it a priority that his daughter J eats well and sleeps well.
“We make sure that J is exposed to different textures and flavors of food. This has certainly helped her develop a greater curiosity to try new types of healthy foods!”
Zacharoy and his wife also place a high value on sleep training as they believe that good quality sleep is beneficial in keeping a child healthy.
Many pages up Instagram offered helpful perspectives and routines and gave them suggestions for age-appropriate waking/sleeping window times.
“It took me a while to get into the rhythm, but it definitely helped J (and our minds). Although there were moments when she went through periods of regression and we had to let her cry out on her own (to fall asleep), it eventually helped her develop her ability to self-soothe. Persistence is the key! And don’t blame yourself, even if the crying is heartbreaking.”
Zacharoy also recommends getting a white noise machine because “letting your child sleep in a room with white noise turned on allows you to do your own things outside without worrying about disturbing them.” “
Sufficient sleep regulates the immune system
While these tips may seem simple, they are pillars of our children’s health and well-being.
Children need sleep to grow and stay healthy, as adequate sleep helps their bodies repair themselves HealthHub.
Getting enough good sleep is also essential to regulate a child’s immune system, making them less susceptible to illness and disease.
Help children learn healthy eating habits
In addition to sufficient sleep, fruit and vegetables are also beneficial for the child’s immune system, as they are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Helping your child develop healthy eating habits may mean developing a taste for them in adulthood.
For starters, parents can offer a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits each day to help their kids make better food choices.
Cutting fruits and vegetables into different shapes and sizes and find creative ways introducing them can also help.
Other ways to boost your child’s immune system
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to education. The tips in this article are based on each parent’s unique experience.
Ultimately, it is still best for parents to decide what works best for their child based on their own needs.
However, that is the common understanding A balanced diet, a good night’s sleep, and an active lifestyle all seem to help boost their children’s immune systems and stay healthy.
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1Hathaway D, Pandav K, Patel M et al. “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and COVID-19: A Comprehensive Review.” infect chemother. 2020;52(4):478-495.
2 Džopalić T, Božić-Nedeljković B, Jurišić V. “The role of vitamin A and vitamin D in the modulation of the immune response with a focus on innate lymphoid cells.” Cent Eur J Immunol. 2021;46(2):264-269. i.e