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Parents see nutrition as key to child immunity during pandemic, survey shows

84% of respondents in a Mead Johnson Nutrition survey say they actively select immunity boosting food in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

PETALING JAYA: A national survey conducted by Mead Johnson Nutrition shows that 94% of parents believe nutrition plays a key role in building their children’s immune system.

Another 84% of the respondents said they actively selected immunity boosting food in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 500 parents with children over the age of one responded to the #ImmunityMatters Survey conducted to allow Mead Johnson to better understand parents’ concerns and behaviour during the pandemic.

UM Specialist Centre clinical dietitian and dietetic services head Rozanna M Rosly said strengthening a child’s immune system was key to ensuring their long term health and development.

“When a child falls ill, the child doesn’t eat. And when the child doesn’t eat or drink, the child has disruption in his/her growth,” she noted when presenting the findings in a conference.

Rozanna supported the view by 82% of respondents who believed that immunity could be nurtured over time.

“It’s important to know that it’s never too late. You can pick up and get on the train at any time,” she said.

She suggested that a “balanced diet, good sleep, (and) hydration” can bolster the immune system regardless of a child’s age.

Mead Johnson Nutrition medical director Dr Tan Choon Kiat said it was now more important than ever to have a strong immune system as “instinctively parents gravitate towards better nutrition to build immunity and protect their children”.

The survey was conducted as part of Mead Johnson Nutrition’s Enfagrow A+’s #StrongerImmunityForSmarterTomorrow campaign.