Most of us have heard or used the term ‘gut’ but often we’re not using it the right way.
The condition of your gut is actually really important, particularly the collection of what’s known as ‘microbiota’, which refers to the trillions of microorganisms that make up your gastrointestinal system.
Needless to say, a healthy gut is important, but caring for it should start at birth, which is when baby’s microbiota first starts developing, initially nourished by breastmilk.
By the time bub is 3, their gut microbiota is fully developed.
The condition of baby’s microbiota not only impacts their gut health, but also their immune system, thanks to the unique role bacteria plays in supporting immune cells.
While adults use diet, among other things, to look after their gut health, it’s a little different for newborns and young baby’s whose diet is not yet developed.
But there are some things you can do to help bub develop a healthy microbiome.
Switching from breast milk to formula can have an impact on your baby’s microbiota, so be sure to shop around until you’re happy you’ve found one that nourishes your baby’s developing gut. You might have to try a couple to start with.
You can also talk to a healthcare professional about probiotics if you’re concerned.
Your baby’s comfort levels are the biggest giveaway, if they’re unsettled and appear to be having tummy pains, there might be some issues.
But if bub is happy and settled, then chances are his gut is too.