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At the beginning of their life, infants are still protected by maternal antibodies. This protection slowly decreases in the course of the first year of life – at this point, however, baby\’s immune system is not yet fully developed. Find out here how you can best strengthen and support your baby\’s immune system.
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The immune system of newborns: Protected from the beginning

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Already during pregnancy the child\’s immune system develops – but it cannot yet fully protect the child. From the fourth month of pregnancy onwards, the mother provides the child with additional antibodies via the placenta. They offer the child initial protection and support the immune system in the first months after birth. The mother gives further important antibodies to the child via the breast milk.

From birth, the child therefore has a „non-specific immune system“: this attacks all germs that have overcome the anatomical barriers of the body – i.e. mucous membranes, cilia or gastric acid. The body\’s own scavenger cells take up these germs and break them down. However, a specific defence against very specific, dangerous pathogen types does not yet exist at this early stage.

It is only about three months after birth that the development of the \”specific immune system\” begins. With every illness that the baby experiences, the immunological memory now grows. Babies now need contact with different pathogens in order to build up a strong immune system. Also the first vaccinations are now carried out to enable defence reactions against serious diseases.
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Strengthen the immune system: Babies need moderate protection

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With appropriate contact to natural germs and environmental factors a strong immune system can develop. It is therefore neither possible nor particularly sensible to protect children from all risks of infection. On the other hand, of course you should not take unnecessary risks: some diseases that are merely unpleasant for adults can quickly become dangerous for a baby. For example, the loss of fluid during a stomach flu can have serious consequences. You should therefore avoid contact with people who have the flu. It is also advisable to protect your child with additional vaccinations. Your pediatrician will give you detailed information on this.
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The immune system of infants: Everything begins with the intestines

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Biologically, mothers have a decisive influence on their baby\’s intestinal flora – and a intact intestinal flora strengthens the immune system.

The intestinal flora of the child actually only develops at birth. As the child passes the birth canal, it absorbs the mother\’s bacteria – and the bacterial colonization of the intestine begins. The bifidus and lactic acid bacteria are the first to grow in the child\’s intestine. They strengthen the intestinal mucosa and ward off the first pathogens. Under the influence of the environment and with the expansion of food, the intestinal flora finally differentiates itself more and more until a complete, individual microbiome has developed – and this is essential for a strong immune system.

The microbiome produces vital enzymes, supports the absorption of nutrients and neutralizes pollutants and germs that are absorbed with food. After all, the intestine is home to 80 percent of the body\’s own defence cells.
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Strengthen baby\’s immune system from the very beginning: With holistic nutrition

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It is particularly important for expectant mothers to maintain the balance of their own intestinal bacteria. Unless otherwise recommended from a medical point of view, you should eat a balanced diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A diet that is particularly rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre is good for your intestinal flora – and thus also lays the foundation for a healthy immune system for your child. You can also take probiotic food supplements during pregnancy.

If you want to know exactly how your intestinal flora is doing, simply send a small stool sample to the BIOMES laboratory. With the intestinal test from BIOMES , your sample will be evaluated according to one of the most modern biotechnological analysis methods1. Afterwards you will get a comprehensive overview of the current state of your intestinal flora and the bacteria living there. Based on the test results, the nutritional scientists at BIOMESwill also put together personalized recommendations, which will help you to specifically build up your intestinal flora and multiply useful bacteria in your intestine.
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Further tips to prevent pathogens from having a chance

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Even in everyday life you can do a lot to strengthen your baby\’s immune system:
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Even bacteria that have been completely eradicated by the antibiotic quickly find their way back into the intestines, always ensuring a good indoor climate.In winter, dry heating air can irritate the mucous membranes and facilitate the penetration of bacteria and viruses. The humidity indoors should therefore be at least 30 percent. Airing the rooms several times a day improves the indoor climate.
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A daily walk in the fresh air does your child\’s mucous membranes good, even in bad weather. However, make sure you wear weatherproof clothing.
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While the body is at rest, it produces the body\’s own defensive substances that strengthen the immune system. Sufficient healthy sleep is therefore important for your child\’s immune system.
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Further tips to prevent pathogens from having a chance

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Even in everyday life you can do a lot to strengthen your baby\’s immune system:
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Even bacteria that have been completely eradicated by the antibiotic quickly find their way back into the intestines, always ensuring a good indoor climate.In winter, dry heating air can irritate the mucous membranes and facilitate the penetration of bacteria and viruses. The humidity indoors should therefore be at least 30 percent. Airing the rooms several times a day improves the indoor climate.
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A daily walk in the fresh air does your child\’s mucous membranes good, even in bad weather. However, make sure you wear weatherproof clothing.
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While the body is at rest, it produces the body\’s own defensive substances that strengthen the immune system. Sufficient healthy sleep is therefore important for your child\’s immune system.
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Fußnote

1. Cho I, Blaser M J. The human microbiome: at the interface of health and disease. Nature Reviews Genetics 2012:13, 260-270. https://www.nature.com/articles/nrg3182.
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