Immunity is a defensive mechanism of your body against disease-causing microorganisms and toxins.

Immunodeficiency is a condition where your child has weak immunity power allowing infections or other health issues to occur very easily.

Causes of Immunodeficiency

  • Immunodeficiency can be inherited genetically.
  • Idiopathic (unknown).
  • Unhealthy lifestyle.
  • Poor nutritional status.
  • Stress and strain.

Symptoms of Weak Immunity

  • Falling sick more often.
  • Repeated attacks of cold, cough, sinusitis, etc.
  • Skin rashes or skin diseases.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Poor growth and development.
  • Low haemoglobin and other blood components.

Dos and Don’ts

  • If your children has severe infection, they may require a course of medications to control.
  • Give them healthy food like whole grains, nuts, milk, fresh fruits, vegetables and green leaves.
  • Avoid junk, preserved, frozen, roadside and artificially flavoured foods.
  • Encourage them to be physically active. Involve them in some sports activity.
  • Teach them good hygienic practices like washing hands thoroughly before meals, brushing teeth twice daily, etc
  • Keep your house tidy. Better to avoid using carpets, which accumulates more dust.
  • Maintain their sleep pattern. Make them to sleep and get up at the same time daily.
  • Avoid smoking and if you have to smoke, don’t do it in when your children are in the vicinity.
  • Keep an eye when they play outside and while handling pets.
  • Avoid getting them exposed to pollution.
  • Don’t burden them with studies. Stress will hamper your child’s immune power.

Ayurvedic Supplements to Improve Your Child’s Immunity and Growth


  • Swarna bindu prashana – Administration of purified gold in the form of drops. It is given in most of the Ayurvedic clinics.
  • Supplements like Chyavanprash, Amalaki rasayana, Kushmanda rasayana, Haridra Khanda,etc given with milk.
  • Powders like Amalaki, Ashwagandha, Yashtimadhu can be given with honey and ghee.


  • To improve bone health Bonton granules can be given with milk.
  • Do regular body massage with appropriate oils ( Ksheerabala taila, Balaswagandhadi taila, etc) according to your child’s body type.
  • Make sure to include turmeric, ginger, cumin, garlic and pepper in their diet.

You can boost your child’s immunity at birth itself by proper breastfeeding.

Additional Reading

About the Immune System

Vaccines and Your Child’s Immune System

Boost Your Immunity With Chyavanprash!

6 Easily Available Herbs That boost Your Immunity

Breastfeeding Boosts Your Child’s Immunity!

Raw Sauerkraut Boosts Immunity And Promotes Good Health

Diet Tips To Boost Immunity & Prevent Swine Flu