The respiratory diseases they are very common in the first years of kindergarten and when starting school. Prevention through foods that heal children is the first recommendation to prevent mild respiratory diseases caused by viruses from being complicated by bacterial infections that require the use of antibiotics and take longer to heal.
But, what foods prevent and cure colds, pharyngitis, bronchitis or tonsillitis and how should we prepare them so that children like them? Is there a remedy in food for childhood asthma in food?
The Dr. María Concepción Vidales, specialist in Nutrition, Human Dietetics and Eating Disorders, offers us a series of rules to heal ourselves through the foods we eat regularly.
Respiratory diseases are caused most of the time by viruses or bacteria that are easily spread from one child to another through the air they inhale or by touching their hands or by sharing toys and putting them in their mouths.
It is very important to pay attention to care and hygiene at home and in schools and, of course, to avoid contagion, frequent hand washing of educational personnel and children is essential, as well as good ventilation of the home or school .
The immune status of children also plays a decisive role when it comes to being more or less prone to respiratory disease. For this reason, we must take care of the intestine, which is where our main immune defense against viruses and bacteria is concentrated.
Among the foods that cure respiratory diseases in children are the following:
- Yogurt stands out
Children should take a daily yogurt, which will facilitate the contribution of probiotics that stimulate the formation of beneficial bacteria for our body.
- Highlights foods rich in fiber
In addition, it is important that children have good bowel habits and avoid constipation. To achieve this goal, it is advisable to include foods rich in fiber in the diet of children: fruits (especially kiwi recommended for increasing intestinal immunity), vegetables and drinking enough water during the day.
- Highlights foods rich in vitamins A and C
All foods rich in vitamins (especially C and A), beta carotenes, flavonoids and lycopene, which are natural antioxidants, are indicated to treat and prevent respiratory diseases: grapes, blueberries, red fruits, carrots, tomato, red pepper, oranges, kiwi ... In addition, there are some such as garlic, onion, leek or radishes that have antiviral and antibacterial properties in their composition.
Childhood asthma is characterized by the sensation of not being able to breathe together with wheezing, which is the whistle that sounds when breathing, and coughing. The recommended foods for asthma in children are:
As they are fruits and vegetables, we can prepare many of them in varied juices of attractive colors and easy for the child to assimilate. We can also prepare creams or purees or include foods such as onion and garlic (more difficult for children to accept) in preparations such as tomato sauces, minced meats or béchamel (croquettes).
We can add fruit to a whole range of simple desserts such as sponge cake with fruit or yogurt with fruit. We can even prepare Macedonian children and sorbets with natural fruits.
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Dr. María Concepción Vidales Aznar
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
Specialist in Nutrition, Human Dietetics and
Eating behavior disorders
Medical Director of the Nutrimedic clinic
Author of the bookCooking that heals
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