Babies Still Get Sick Easily Even Though They Are Full Of Breastfeeding?

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My baby is a 6 month old girl, fully breastfed. My question :

1 Answer:

Hi silvi87,

Thank you for asking

Breast milk (breast milk) contains many antibodies that play an important role in maintaining the immune system, especially in protecting babies from allergies and infections, including those in the gastrointestinal tract. However, that does not mean that babies who are exclusively breastfed can be 100% protected from coughs and colds.

Apart from having a relatively weak immune system compared to adults, there are many factors that can make babies more prone to coughing and colds, including:

Have a history of allergies, or a family history of allergies
Sanitation, ventilation, and lighting of the living environment are not well maintained
Living in a densely populated environment, so it is easy to get infected by other people who are coughing or colds
Humid weather or the transition season, which often makes it easier for viruses to survive longer
The wrong way of breastfeeding, for example using a pacifier or breastfeeding while lying down, this can increase the risk of aspiration which can lead to pneumonia (inflammation of the lung parenchyma).
Having problems with the immune system, for example due to suffering from heart disorders, HIV/AIDS, taking steroids, autoimmune disorders, and so on

So, even if you have taken care of it by giving exclusive breastfeeding, your child can still experience coughs and colds. However, when compared based on the incidence, of course the frequency of coughs and colds in babies who are breastfed is less frequent than those who are not breastfed.

Depending on the type of illness you're referring to, the notion that "a little baby who gets sick a lot will get stronger as an adult" may or may not be true. Especially for some diseases whose cause is infection, the first illness can cause the body to produce immunity, namely by producing antibodies. These antibodies can help the body recognize and ward off infection with the same microorganism in the future. However, these antibodies are specific. So you won't be protected against a different disease just because you've had another. In addition, there are also types of diseases that do not decrease the risk with a previous history of illness. So, it is necessary to clarify first what pain do you mean?

Carrying the baby in the front position is often the choice of parents, because it can make the baby calmer and less fussy. However, this needs to be considered so that the wrong holding position does not cause injury to your baby. In general, babies are allowed to be carried using a front carrier if they are able to support their head and spine well. Generally, this can be achieved when your baby is able to lie on his stomach or roll over on his own, which is around the age of 3-4 months. When carrying, make sure the child's position forms the letter M when viewed from the front (hips and upper thighs are well supported, not dangling), and forms a J when viewed from the side. Avoid the position of your thighs and legs dangling because it has the potential to cause hip dysplasia.

Taking care of your baby's teeth and mouth should ideally be done as early as possible, even before your baby has teeth. When the baby has not yet grown teeth, you can start taking care of the health of his teeth and mouth by always cleaning them using clean gauze before and after each feeding. Also clean the baby's tongue and mouth before bedtime and give him water often (if the baby is 6 months old). Furthermore, after the baby is teething, you can start using a special baby toothbrush and toothpaste that does not contain fluoride. The goal is to be safe if this toothpaste is eaten by the baby. Slowly, teach him to spit. And once he's good at spitting, you can start teaching your baby to brush their teeth using toothpaste that contains fluoride.

It should be noted beforehand that the above rules are not standard standards. Each child's condition can be different and need their own adjustment. Therefore, it is much safer if you consult directly with a pediatrician to answer all the questions you ask.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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