Babies and toddlers have very delicate immune systems, and when the immune system is misdirected or underdeveloped, it can manifest in cow’s milk protein allergy, other food allergies, eczema or wheezing.
These tinies also often have a generalised low immune system prone to picking up “every bug going” including colds, bronchiolitis, diarrhoea and vomiting. In the past, much of this has been put down to genetics, as the predisposition to allergies, hay fever, eczema and asthma (collectively known as atopic conditions) are usually passed down through the generations.
In recent years, research has been looking into the role that the balance of gut bacteria plays in the allergies and how the gut microbiome can influence the development and severity of atopic conditions. This article explores this research in more detail and shares how diet and specific probiotic strains might influence the gut bacteria, which in turn helps the immune system to adapt better to its environment. The ultimate goal of this research is to find ways to help make life easier for atopic children which might mean being able to broaden their diet choices or be less dependent on asthma inhalers and eczema creams. And this in turn takes much of the burden and stress off the parents and family life.
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Lucinda Miller, Family Naturopath, talks to us about how to nourish a healthy immune system for your children during the first few formative years of their life. To continue viewing… Get FREE, unlimited access to all content You must sign up to view more content and gain full access to bloss! Sign up for FREE! […]
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