As the child been given birth, his body claims all the changes both inside and out. With these, both good and bad bacteria are making their way to penetrate the sterile organs of an infant, especially its intestines which is prone to illness as it cannot hold any food like adults can.
Meanwhile, good bacteria like bifidobacteria are acquired in the first week of breastfeeding. It prepares the baby’s intestine to acquire foreign bacteria to help him digest and divide the energy and vitamins his body needs. After a month of feeding, the natural fluids on a baby’s intestines build another good bacteria called lactobacilli. It ferments carbohydrates into lactic acids that helps produce electrolyte which is used as energy for the body and also acts to restore body fluids.
Without the balance of microflora – a bacterial population inside the intestine, an infant could suffer from an illness called Dysbacteriosis or “Dysbiosis”. It takes place when a microflora imbalance is present inside the gastric tract that changes its normal activity.
You can tell if the baby has Dysbiosis when:
- The baby gains poor amount of weight and its appetite is lessen.
If the baby decline the urge to eat or drink, this may be because he’s feeling something bad.
- Nausea is present even when the baby’s position is relaxed.
This shows that the acid level of the baby is high and cannot be contained.
- Constipation (dry stool) is experienced.
Hardening of the stool occurs when lactic acids are not present to restore the lost body fluids during sweating and peeing.
- Bloody stool during or even without constipation
Because of the acid build up inside the digestive system, the protective layer of the intestine is bruised. While during constipation, the stool is having difficulties to be trashed because of the lack in body fluids, that’s why the tract is being wounded as well.
- Candida or Yeast overgrowth.
Recurrent diaper rash, especially in the pits area where sweat and bacteria commonly hold.
- Dry skin and unhealthy shedding is visible.
Newborn babies supposed to shed from birth up until the 7th or 8th month, this reveals the natural layer of their skin. Thus, if the shedding is dryer, it could possibly turn into little bruises together with the peeling off of the skin around the nail area.
- The baby frequently cries without any reason.
Usually, babies cry when they’re hungry, diapers are wet or wants to be carried. If all options are not what they’re crying about, then it must be something irritating inside them.
- Having a disturbed slumber.
If a baby cannot peacefully sleep, then there is something that hurts them so much that they can’t be able to sleep soundly.
Dysbiosis can be acquired when contamination is built during a mother’s process of giving natural birth. Contamination risk is much higher during vaginal delivery than cesarean. This illness is also acquired when consumption of breastmilk is late – It should be given immediately after birth. Overfeeding and frequent changes of formulated milk is again one of the reasons. All should remember that breastmilk is good for babies up to two years of age. Likewise, taking antibiotics is another reason for having dysbiosis, as it kills not only the bad bacteria, but also the good ones.
These set of bacteria should always be balanced for a normal distribution of healthy cells, restoration of damaged cells for beautiful skin and quick healing of wounds. Balanced bacterial level also develop the production of intestinal enzyme and builds amino acid to improve the circulation of proteins inside the body. It carefully blends vitamins and minerals that the body needs, balance fats and cholesterol, removes crystals in the joint and kidneys which causes pain by cause of the swelling in the joints.
To prevent dysbiosis, regular intake of clean water (distilled for infants) is encouraged. For a more professional way, colon cleansing is advised – though this is only applicable to adults. Better seek help with a doctor or healthcare provider before doing any medication.