Your newborn’s immune system; maximize their protection!
Newborns have fragile and inexperienced immune systems. Soon after birth, they are exposed to a hostile world of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. I’ve outlined the keys to maximizing the immune system in your newborn. No, it is not a magic pill! While there is no foolproof method to prevent infections, knowing the factors that affect a newborns immunity can help you maximize their protection.
- The perils of premature birth: most of the protective antibodies passed from the mother to the unborn child occur in the last trimester of pregnancy. A preemie can miss out on that protection!
- The threats of tobacco smoke: avoiding cigarette smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth pays great dividends.
- The benefits of breast milk: antibodies and other immune protectors are in breast milk (and it’s free!)
- The value of vaccines: despite the controversy over immunizations, no other public health measure has done so much for so many who need a little boost!
- Guard against germ spread: use common sense and wash hands frequently with soap and water. Avoid large groups at risk of having infections (children in daycare or pre-school).
To read this article, go to http://digital.turn-page.com/i/440429 on page 38 of the January 2015 issue of Montana Parent magazine.
At Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana, we encourage parents to be proactive about the health of their newborn. If your infant is experiencing recurrent infections or if you have concerns over their immune system, call us at 406-451-7017.
This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional.