Immune System Development

Kids in their younger school years tend to fall ill to common colds, stomach flu, diarrhea, allergies, asthma and even eczema. One of the main reasons is that their immune system is still developing the right fighting mechanisms. The best of internal hidden immunity defense secrets can be found in the gut or the gut microbiome. And better yet, it is really easy to support these good bacteria with the right combination of good habits, food, and food alternative supplements.1, 5

The Gut Microbiome and How to Nurture Your Child’s Immune System

There are 100 trillion microbes in the body and most of them live in the gastrointestinal tract. The helpful boost immunity, improve digestion for nutrient absorption, and reduce gas, among other benefits. From time to time, the bad one’s cause illnesses when the immune fighting ones are weak. The balance between the healthy and harmful bacteria is what will provide your child with an immune system that is better prepared for common illnesses.1, 2, 3

  1. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables
    Whole foods, including fruits, vegetables and grains, do not have artificial additives or extra empty calories. For example, bananas, nuts, beans, and asparagus have a high fiber content or prebiotic fibers, which feed the good probiotic bacteria to support health and immunity. To realign the good bacteria, you can feed your child probiotic rich foods like kefir and yogurt or any other type of fermented foods so long as they have live cultures.1, 2, 5
  2. Make sure your child’s diet has immune-boosting nutrients
    Make sure that they are not missing certain vitamins and minerals like Zinc and Vitamin A, C and E. These are responsible for preventing early cell oxidation and supports the health of red blood cells, all of which aids a developing immune system. Another set of important nutrients are Nucleotides, which are responsible for immune cell structure for function and replication to fight off infections.4, 5, 6
  3. Provide additional support with good nutrition rich in Oligosaccharides Nucleotides come from lean meats and mushrooms, but getting the right combination of it and Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) & Galacto‐oligosaccharides (GOS) prebiotics is not always easy.8 Children are fussy and supporting overall growth and immunity with liquid nutrition is an option. For example, Similac Gain IQ Ready to Drink Liquid pre portioned serving of a growing up milk, contains nucleotides and a unique blend of HMO that supports a child’s natural immune system. Through   on nutrition,7 Abbott Nutrition discovered how HMO is an important immune boosting ingredient that keeps a child’s tummy protected.1, 2, 3

The younger years of a child’s life is a critical stage for a parent to provide the right support for their immune system. First by building it with good food and nutrients that support a healthy gut and it also would be extra beneficial to promote a good amount of physical activity. Going outside exposes their body to the environment’s tests, thus further building up a child’s immune function. Help your child keep learning and thriving by keeping them strong with good food, exercise, and Similac for strength from within for protection beyond the digestive system.2, 3, 4, 6

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  7. Buck, Rachael, H. How Do HMOs Support Baby’s Immune Development?. Global R&D, Abbott Nutrition, 2017.