Newborns today are experiencing illness, rashes, digestive issues and food intolerances more than any previous generation before them. Today it’s common for a toddler or child to have food allergies,  eczema, constipation or diarrhea. Rebuilding the microbiome for these children isn’t just about adding in healthy strains it’s about training the bacteria how to function.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride says the beneficial bacteria in the microbiome can be trained how to regenerate, communicate and function properly.

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McBride is a medical doctor, neurosurgeon, neurologist and specialist in human nutrition. She is considered the forerunner, a pioneer of healing for autism, autoimmunity and psychiatric disease.

“Establishment of normal gut flora in the first 20, or so, days of life plays a crucial role in appropriate maturation of the baby’s immune system. Babies who develop abnormal gut flora are left immune compromised,” (playlist 2/6 5:30) says Natasha Campbell-McBride.

Babies overall do not have the clean start in life they used to have. Scientific American reported, “The Environmental Working Group’s study commissioned five laboratories to examine the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies of African-American, Hispanic and Asian heritage and found more than 200 chemicals in each newborn.”

Web MD says, “Infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic, acid reflux and constipation, according to Italian researchers.”

Donna Gates from Body Ecology says, “In the first critical days after birth, one of the most important steps you can take that will determine the health and long-term wellness of your baby will be to ensure the proper development and maintenance of her inner ecosystem. Because 80% of the immune system is located in the gut associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), babies who do not quickly develop a healthy inner ecosystem in their gut have weakened immunity. They are also more vulnerable to allergies and other more serious problems, including autism.”

Gates further says, “Giving your baby beneficial bacteria soon after birth can ensure proper colonization of healthy microflora in their intestines, and prevent food allergies that are so common today.”

Healthline says, “Giving infants a probiotic during their first three months of life can help prevent stomach problems like colic from developing.”

JAMA Pediatrics says, “Of the 12 trials (1825 infants) reviewed, 6 suggested probiotics reduced crying, and 6 did not.” The concern with results like this is many additional ingredients in probiotics feed the pathogens that cause the problem you are trying to eradicate. The probiotics nor their ingredients were listed in the study.

For example this infant probiotic  and this one contain maltodextrin which is a GMO corn product, a starch, which feeds pathogens.

This one and this one contain silicon dioxide, which is commonly sourced from sand or quartz and used to keep powdered products from sticking together. You may recognize silicon dioxide from seeing it as tiny rectangular packets that say “do not eat” as they absorb moisture in various products during shipping and shelf time.

This one and this one have no adverse ingredients and are recommended for rebuilding the microbiome while watching for die off.

It is easier to find a probiotic that feed pathogens than finding a clean product that contains just the probiotic.

The most popular and traditional way to add probiotics into the body is through fermented foods such a kraut juice, yogurt, kefir and other cultured vegetables. Some research has been done showing home brewed probiotic vegetables have a higher probiotic count than store bought vegetables, for a fraction of the cost. Click here to learn how to make kraut juice. Click here to learn how to make kraut. Click here to learn how to home brew sour cream. 

In the researched study overall bowel movements improved, colic dissipated and regurgitations diminished with the use of probiotics. Crying time for the  babies fed the probiotics ranked in at 28 minutes while those who received the placebo cried for 71 minutes each day.

One of the most concerning aspects is vaccinations in these unhealthy babies.

Vaccinations have been developed for children with a healthy immune system. GAPS children are not fit to be vaccinated with the standard vaccination protocol,” (playlist 2.6 5:45). McBride lays out the proper vaccination schedule for these children in her GAPS book (Gut and Psychology Syndrome). The schedule is recommended only after the gut lining is sealed from Intestinal Permeability, otherwise known as Leaky Gut, and rebuilt with proper probiotic strains.

Non-invasive tests can be done at birth to determine their gut health status. First McBride recommends testing the mother’s, father’s and baby’s stool and urine. If the mother and father have compromised beneficial bacteria in their stool the baby will have inherited compromised flora. This flora should be rebuilt.

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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.

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2 Responses to Newborns and Probiotics

  1. Sara says:

    The last paragraph states that if the mother and father have compromised beneficial bacteria in their stool the baby will have inherited compromised flora. This flora should be rebuilt. How should it be rebuilt?

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