Make Your Baby and Kids Stronger

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The natural habit of babies and small children who like to put any objects at their hands into their mouth make parents worry since it is considered one of mediums of transferring bacteria or viruses that causes infection.

In fact there are parents who would rather make their child concealed at home or watches television all day long rather than letting they play at field and come back with dirty shirts. But many parents do not realize that it is a part of children’s learning process to know the world and to overcome gum irritation because the growth of teeth.

Putting objects into mouth certainly can increase the risk of infection, but do you know that this natural habit of kids is very important since it indirectly can help their body to form body resistance.

Research has shown that kids that were raised in a too clean environment are easier to experience asthma, allergy and fever (causes by infection).

It causes the children to be weak or too sensitive when exposed to other environment – which ‘not too clean’ than their place where they were raised.

The habit of putting object into mouth can prolong until the child age more than two years old. This age is considered the most critical because the body resistance of the child is still weak and they get into the most risky group if infection happens. For this reason they need help to increase their body resistance.

Make Your Baby and Kids Stronger

There are several ways to help form body resistance of a child, which are:

Give birth normally – When passing through the birth channel, a baby is exposed with various types of bacteria and the body of the baby will form antibodies toward the bacteria. Research done on baby feces born by surgery revealed that it contains less bacteria compared to baby born normally. It becomes a sign that babies born by surgery have lesser antibodies.

Giving breast milk exclusively for at least six months. – Mother’s milk contains good bacterium called Lactobacillus which is important for the digestion system of the small one.

This bacterium lives in intestine and becomes among important children’s protector from diarrhea and middle ear infection. Kids who were not given breast milk are five times riskier to get middle ear infection.

Many researches have found that diarrhea incidents among babies and kids that fed on breast milk are lower compared to children who drink formulated milk.

In all over the world, diarrhea is the main cause for children were hospitalized which can bring to death because water deprivation. This is why Nowadays most formulated milks are enriched with Lactobacillus to give better protection to small children.

Though many mothers realize the importance of giving breast milk, there are still who cannot continue it for six months. It may be caused by the mother feeling stressful or not getting supports either from family or from her workplace. Therefore, many have moved to formulated milk.

It is not wrong giving formulated milk, but it is better if the breastfeeding can be continued. If the mother want to give formulated milk, try to choose brand that contain Lactobacillus because it can help protects the child from getting infection frequently.

Women are recommended to practice good eating habit throughout pregnancy and after giving birth to get quality breast milk.

Research on content of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on three different races that practice different diets found that the level of DHA is higher in milk of women who eat healthy foods.

Vaccinations – As parents, do your responsibility on your child by bringing the small one to get vaccinations which are given free of charge in any government hospitals or clinics. These vaccinations protect your child from 10 types of diseases and if you have excess money, you can give extra protection in private clinics or hospitals.

Giving vaccine to child means you expose them to bacteria and viruses. This is because vaccine have weakened bacteria or virus or weakened toxic from bacteria.

When these materials get inside the body, the body automatically reacts by producing antibodies to fight and eliminate the foreign materials. A fever after getting vaccine injection signals that the child’s body is building its antibodies.

Giving chance for child to play outside – This method give the chance for your child to be exposed to environment that undeniably loaded with bacteria and viruses.

Don’t control children too much by locking them inside the house. Children’s body will build their resistance in stages as long as they are given nutritious foods and get enough rest.

The more active and exposure to environment, the more resistant to infection a child will be.

Maybe parents worry to let their kids play outside, especially when there is outbreak such as H1N1 influenza virus. Bring kids to play at open environment such as at field or playground, on the contrary avoid visiting crowded places like shopping mall.

The risk of infection in open environment is far lower and can stimulate mind and emotional health of a child.

Giving children food products that contain prebiotic and probiotic – Prebiotic becomes ‘foods’ for good bacteria inside the intestine. It can be gained from foods like garlics shallot, chicory (a type of vegetables), asparagus, wheat and banana. At the same time you can increase the number of good bacteria inside the intestine by eating products that contain probiotic like yogurt

Make sure your child get enough rest and sleep. – Lack of sleep can weaken the small one’s body resistance.

At the same time, as parent you also need to change your lifestyle by stop smoking, practice healthy diet and exercising.

Kids who inhale smoke from cigarette (categorized as secondary smoker) also have the health risk almost the similar as the smoker. Research done in the US found that more that two million children acquire ear infections every year because of lack of body resistance which also contributed by cigarette smoke. Photo credit: Cia de Foto.

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