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Children’s health and how to boost their immune system

Childrens health and how to boost their immune system
Danone has conducted an online live discussion featuring Dr. Nabil Fawzy, pediatrician and nutrition expert, Dr. Nourhan Kandil, influencer and nutrition expert, and joined by actress and nutrition enthusiast Kinda Alloush to address important topics regarding children’s health and how to boost their immune system.

The online live discussion follows the initiative kicked off by Danone and leading star and mother Kinda Alloush with pediatricians and experts in the field of children nutrition to provide mothers with the necessary advice to keep their children healthy.

“It gives me great pleasure to take part in Danone’s initiative to raise awareness on proper nutrition for the health of our children to raise them ready for tomorrow,” Kinda Alloush said. “As a mother, we seek credible information about healthy food for our children, and Danone made that easier by connecting us to experts in the field,” she added.

In the live discussion, Dr. Nabil Fawzy shed light on the various nutritional and medical factors that could affect the child’s immune system. He also stressed the importance of the child’s psychological wellbeing and how it could impact the immune system. “Daily exercise along with a balanced diet – including fresh fruit and vegetables – and fortified with a lot of vitamins, is also recommended,” explained Dr. Nabil.

Kinda highlighted the challenges of preparing daily healthy meals and how kids often resist eating healthy food. In response to that, Dr. Nourhan Kandil explained how we can try to change the food children normally like to eat and replace them with healthier options. “They need to be involved in the preparation and cooking process. Mothers teach children how to enjoy healthy food by constantly showing them fun ways to prepare it and offering them a good variety of colors and textures to develop their palate,” she added.

In reference to ginger, turmeric, honey, cinnamon and all the other natural herbs and spices that parents should give to their children, Dr. Nourhan clarified that “there is no magic herb or spice that will turn our kids into supermen or superwomen.” She added that the immune system comprises of many parts and good quality sleep is a main contributor to that as well. “As for herbs and spices that have beneficial effects on the general health but may not be very palatable, they can simply be hidden and incorporated into daily food and drink,” Dr. Nourhan explained.

A question from the participants during the live discussion focused on the correct lactation.
Danone supports the WHO’s global public health recommendation calling for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of age and continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond, combined with the safe introduction of appropriate complementary foods.

Dr. Nabil also brought attention to a fundamental point during the time of the pandemic and that is ‘screen time.’ According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “no screen use before the age of 18 months, stay with him/her before 24 months and limit the screen time after 24 months to just 1 hour a day of high-quality programming .” Dr. Nabil added that “excessive screen time and exposure to radiation may have adverse reactions on children such as poor vision, anxiety and even psychologically autistic behavior.”

“Danone will continue to bring together key opinion leaders and experts in the childcare and nutrition field to answer the questions and concerns that mothers might be asking themselves to raise their children ready for tomorrow,” said Hanan Nayel, Danone’s General Secretary Director responsible among other things to drive the company’s One Health strategy to raise awareness on health and nutrition and to fulfill the company’s mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

“This is one among many initiatives carried out by Danone to transfer knowledge to consumers and public at large with nutritional information relevant to children and the whole family,” Nayel added.

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