Last updated on Jan 31st, 2021 at 12:24 am

Research has shown that it’s common for young children with a weakened immune system to pick up bugs and fall sick easily.

There are many ways that parents and caregivers can boost their children’s immune system.

Through a five-week campaign called Level Up Their Immunity, NESTLÉ NESPRAY wants to provide parents and caregivers with the necessary tools, knowledge, advice and tricks to raise healthier kids.

According to Statistic South Africa, 1 in 4 children in South Africa suffer from malnutrition which not only stifles their normal growth, but also has severe effects on their school performance.

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Children who are malnourished go to school hungry which means they are not able to concentrate, and they have little energy to absorb what they are being taught.

It’s no surprise then that parents and caregivers are constantly anxious about whether their children are eating the right food and getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals.

Level Up Their Immunity

“We are introducing the Level Up Their Immunity campaign to encourage parents and guardians to be more aware and cautious with their children’s diet as it plays a pivotal role in their development and growth,” says Yovini Moodley, Business Executive Officer, Dairy, Nestlé South Africa.

The Level Up Their Immunity educational campaign will run until the 15 December 2020.

The first week of the campaign focused on creating awareness amongst parents and caregivers on the importance of child nutrition, emphasizing the importance of investing in nutritious food for the little ones, and challenges parents and caregivers face when having to cook nutritious meals.

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Here’s some practical tips and trick to help you boost your child’s immunity:

A balanced diet is important

  • Make sure you prepare nutritious meals for your kids and always include fruits and vegetables in their diet.
  • Make mealtime fun and exciting. Let your child prepare fruits and vegetables while you do something else.
  • Give your child a glass of NESTLÉ NESPRAY FortiGrow every day. It is packed with a combination of essential nutrients such as calcium, zinc and iron to support normal growth and a healthy immunity system to get school-age children physically and mentally ready for school.

Get enough sleep

  • Primary school-age children require between 9 – 11 hours of sleep in order to receive the necessary health benefits.
  • Monitor your children’s sleep patterns. This can range from enforcing a strict “no toys/cellphone” sleep schedule to introducing a calmer bedtime routine that includes a bath then a bedtime story.

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Exercise is important

  • Limit the amount of time your child spends in front of a television or on his phone/tablet.
  • School-going children should get at least get 1 hour or more of moderate physical activity daily.
  • Find ways to make fitness a fun and exciting routine. Get the kids to help with household chores, go for a walk, or play some fun games outside.