Why do babies fart so often? Time and time again we get questions about whether we also supplement for the early childhood intestine. What is the reason for these three-month collapses? Are there any preparations that can be used for newborn babies yet?
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Bacterial colonization of the intestine in newborns
The condition of the bacterial colonization of the intestine, the so-called intestinal microbiome, can be decisive for the well-being of a baby.
In the 1980s, it was still assumed that unborn children were almost sterile, i.e. they were free of any bacterial colonization of the intestine.
In 2005, Spanish scientists examined the umbilical cord blood of healthy babies and unexpectedly found bacteria there.
This finding prompted the scientists to conduct further investigations. In the process, they also discovered bacteria in the newborns’ first feces, the so-called infant saliva. A multitude of quite ordinary skin and intestinal bacteria.
These surprising findings motivated many scientists around the globe, resulting in the discovery of many new important factors influencing the bacterial colonization of the intestine and the body in infants.
Babys first contact with the world
Babies make their first contact with the world of microbes through maternal blood and amniotic fluid.
The first aspect is of particular importance because the condition of the maternal intestinal flora affects the child’s development through the bloodstream and can influence the entire process from conception to birth.
Indeed, even the success of conception appears to depend on the existence and interaction of a wide variety of bacteria in the uterus.
These microbial interactions have been completely underestimated until now.
Role of the mother’s diet on child’s intestinal microbiome
Consequently, the mother’s diet also plays a major role during this entire period.
Through the oral consumption of food, a large number of bacteria enter the digestive tract or nourish already existing intestinal inhabitants in this way.
From there, they pass to the child via the blood and the umbilical cord. Even the father’s bacterial oral inhabitants enter the child’s organism in this way via intense kissing.
Therefore, a fresh and especially high-fiber diet is beneficial for the health of the mother as well as the baby from the moment the child is conceived until the moment the baby is born.
In particular, soluble fiber, such as the powder from the Acacia fiber is well tolerated “food” for a healthy variety of bacteria.
The birth process and its role on child’s intestinal microbiome
Besides these facts, the birth process plays an important role.
During a standard spontaneous delivery, the child swallows bacteria from the maternal uterine vaginal flora.
These are present in natural form and provide further support for the child’s intestinal microbiome.
However, there are many disruptive influences, particularly during the course of birth:
- Was the pregnant woman having a good vaginal flora at the time of delivery?
- Was it impossible to use the normal birth route?
- Has there been a Caesarean section, so no bacteria could have been absorbed via the vaginal flora?
- Was it necessary to use an antibiotic to control a fetal or a maternal bacterial infection?
Many of these factors occur in isolated instances and, in individual cases, mitigate the infant’s risk of a poor supply of the important primary intestinal inhabitants.
However, often it is the combination of the circumstances that cause problems for the child’s intestine. And this is precisely when the natural ratio of the different bacterial strains in the digestive tract becomes imbalanced.
As a result, putrefactive and fermenting bacteria often multiply in the intestine, which subsequently releases their metabolic gases through the child’s bottom.
Breastfeeding and the potential complications
If there are breastfeeding problems or bottle-feeding problems, the baby may suffer from foul-smelling flatulence, abdominal pain, or even crying.
In this case, therapeutic care with a laboratory analysis of the intestinal microbiome is advisable. Here, for instance, the laboratory Enterosan from Bad Bocklet can be helpful.
Knowing all this about the connection between bacteria, pregnancy, and the well-being of the child, it makes sense to take care of a healthy intestine as early as possible. Primarily for the sake of the mother and then also for the sake of the child that is born.
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Your Markus Opalka, HP, M.Sc. Health Sciences