Although many parents naturally strive to promote and protect their children, nature often regulates the immune system itself very well.
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Nursing children have been shown to have a stronger immune system
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arents allow it. Extreme hygiene and the avoidance of contacts to other people, so that the child does not become infected, spares the passage to the pediatrician at short notice. In the long term, however, it has a negative effect on the immune system. This just like your child’s cognitive development grows only with its tasks. These tasks are very natural for many babies:
- Encounters in the family
- Game adventures in the toddler group
- exploring and crawling on the ground
- first outings on warm summer days in the grass
Also, the tasting of different foods is one of them. If an immune system reduces these stimuli only very strongly, it can, according to research, promote allergies.
The current doctrine assumes that an under-challenged immune system out of a kind of boredom, “allergic reactions” out. About every 10th child suffers from eczema, and the number of small asthma patients is steadily increasing.
Early encounter with other children is recommended from a medical point of view
Studies examining childcare in East and West Germany show that children entering the manger in the East in the 1980s have developed a stronger immune system and fewer allergies than children cared for in the West at the age of six, Even children with many siblings have a proven healthier, more balanced immune system.
From this, it can be concluded that parents should not keep their child away from other children and crowds. Just trust your feeling at this point. Although you should not avoid contact with others, you are aware that just a gastrointestinal or other influenza virus is in circulation, but caution is advised.
Babies can not well ward off any contagious disease harmless to adults. For example, a gastrointestinal virus can quickly become dangerous: severe diarrhea and vomiting can affect the water and mineral balance so severely that the baby’s circulation suffers.
If someone in the immediate vicinity is suffering from a gastrointestinal infection, but no special hygiene measures must be taken. The sufferer should avoid handwashing and eat from the same spoon more often.
The Gretchen question: vaccination as strengthening the immune system?
Does the immune system strengthen the immune system? Vaccination advocates answer this question confidently with “yes.” Vaccination opponents with “No.” Now it is up to you, as a parent, to make the decision for or against vaccination for your child.
It is true that vaccination is meant to protect and strengthen the child’s immune system. It should be understood as a kind of training session in which the child’s body learns how to defend itself against unwanted intruders successfully.
However, since an infection is not produced naturally and with laboratory-produced (partly dead) pathogens, the effects and consequences can only be statistically estimated and proven. Late effects are difficult to document.
In return, however, in many cases vaccinations protect a child from diseases that can reach very serious levels without vaccination and can also lead to severe developmental disorders. It, therefore, makes sense to inform yourself in detail about each vaccination and to always decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not this intervention in the child’s immune system should be carried out.
Breastfeeding as the most natural strengthening
Nursing children have been shown to have a stronger immune system and a lower risk of allergy than children who are not breastfed. Against this background, the WHO even recommends a breastfeeding period of at least six months (full breastfeeding) and 24 months total breastfeeding time.
The omission of certain foods in pregnancy and during breastfeeding to avoid allergies seems outdated from current expert view. However, the introduction of complementary foods should be done step by step to identify possible allergenic nutrients better.
- Accompany your child, but do not keep it away from danger
- Germs and dirt are initially not bad for your baby – but in moderation
- Germs, germs, and dirt are important developmental tasks for the immune system
- Breastfeeding contributes essentially to the development of a healthy immune system
- Vaccinations can strengthen the immune defense in the long-term
- Balanced nutrition with vitamins and minerals also supports the immune system
- Food supplements are not recommended for babies, toddlers, and children without a doctor’s prescription!