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With the harmattan comes a tendency to catch more germs and bacteria. It is hard enough fighting infections as an adult, much less children. My daughter getting sick this period, and having to hear her cries when the doctor is about to stick in a needle had me doing some research. I found out nutrition is the best approach to fighting infection. Be intentional. Here are some foods that can help boost your kid’s immune system:

sick baby with doctor

The O’s


Avocados contain a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, similar to olive oil, but it’s also a good source of vitamin E, vitamin C, iron, and zinc.


Mangos are loaded with both vitamins A and C, plus they offer vitamin E.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potatoes are rich in vitamin A, and they also offer quite a bit of vitamin C, vitamin E, and a bit of plant-based iron.


Yogurts contain probiotics which can help give your immune system a boost and inhibit the growth of harmful gut bacteria.


Oats are high in soluble fibre. Soluble fibre contain antimicrobial and antioxidant qualities that help protect the immune system from influenza and other illnesses.


Yam contains beta-carotene,which is then converted into Vitamin A In the body. Vitamin A is beneficial to skin health. The skin is the first line of defense from bacteria, germs and viruses that can cause illnesses.

By Toin Soaga

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