This may sound strange to most, but supporting your child’s digestive system is critical from day one.
A healthy digestive system is critical at any age, but with infants it may be even more important. Unhealthy digestion can lead to food sensitivities (eczema, allergies, asthma, cradle cap, etc.) and conditions such as constipation, diarrhea, colic, gas and ear infections.
One of the most important ways to support your infant’s digestion is to use a probiotic. There are many infants’ (and children’s) probiotics available. You can add these to just about any liquid your child consumes. In order to ensure that your child gets the full dose, use a small amount of liquid mixed with the probiotic before you give them the rest of their feeding.
Breastfeeding can also help. Most breastfed babies are less likely to have digestive issues due to receiving the benefits of colostrum (first milk) and mother’s milk (the perfect food). Even though my daughter was a breastfed baby, she received one dose a day in one ounce of expressed breast milk each day. Even if your baby doesn’t have digestive issues, I think it is a good idea to supplement daily to support their fragile digestive system.