Developing a healthy immune system

Babies are born with an incomplete immune system. It is developed during the first three years of life and forms an important basis for a child’s health in the future. During this time, the child’s body learns to defend itself against harmful bacteria without harming itself with overreactions.

The unborn child receives antibodies via the placenta from the middle of the pregnancy. With a normal birth the newborn child receives a first load of bacteria via the vaginal flora of the mum. Breast milk, among other things, contributes to building the baby’s immunity. Afterwards the baby’s immune system must work on its own and produce antibodies. Since the majority of immune cells are located in the gut, it is important to take proper care of this region of the body. 

Supplementing Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis during this time can contribute to the development of a strong immune system. 

Tips to support baby’s immune system

Contact with bacteria is crucial for the development of the immunological memory – the immune system’s ability to recognize and react.

As such, early contact with dirt and non-sterile things of all kinds trains thismemory and strengthens the immune system. So, it is not so bad when children put their grubby fingers in their little mouths. A healthy diet, rich in minerals and vitamins, and sufficient sleep also help to boost a child’s immune system, as does spending time playing outside in the fresh air, providing them with Vitamin D.

Vitamin D – a natural way to stay healthy

Vitamin D is vital at every stage of lifebut especially so for fast-growing infants and toddlers. It is essential for normal growth and bone development in children as well as a robust and well-functioning immune system. 

In addition to spending time outside, regularly supplementing a child’s intestinal flora with BioGaia (probiotic) supplements containing Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis plus vitamin D3 is an excellent way to help keeping the immune system fit and ready for battle.

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Antibiotics

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