Easy steps to a Happy Tummy!

It’s easier than you think! All you need to do is follow some simple steps that will kick-start the development of a healthy happy tummy. By nurturing your baby’s digestive system at a young age, he can reap the benefits of long term health and optimal performance in the future!

 
Why is Healthy Digestion so important?
Learn about the Gut and Gut Microbiota!
What does a Healthy Digestive System look like?
Easy steps to a Happy Tummy!

Nourish your baby’s Digestive system

Your baby’s digestive system can be prone to infection and illness at birth. But, the Good News is that you can start to strengthen your baby’s digestive system for the future! Explore these easy tips to build a healthy digestive system for your baby today!

Your Baby is Arriving!

Consider a natural delivery as your baby gets exposed to the colonies of healthy bacteria present in the birth canal and vaginal fluids, during birth.

These friendly bacteria make their way into the baby’s digestive system to lay the foundations of a healthy gut microbiota!

Weaning and Prebiotics

This is a major transition period for the development of your baby’s digestive system, as well as his gut microbiota. As new food and textures are introduced into his diet, new types of bacteria will also be introduced, changing the whole balance in his digestive system13.

Be sure to feed your baby a balanced diet rich in dietary fibres such as fruits and vegetables (banana, asparagus, peas), wholegrain breads and cereals. These foods are not only packed with nutrients and vitamins, but also contain prebiotics, which act as food for good bacteria in the digestive system to grow and thrive! Your baby’s digestive system now has a healthy gut microbiota with plenty of good bacteria to support his overall well-being!

 

13 Vandenplas Y, De Greef E, Devreker T, Veereman-Wauters G, Hauser B. Probiotics and prebiotics in infants and children. Curr Infect Dis Rep. Jun 2013;15(3);251-6 . doi: 10.1007/s11908-013-0334-4

Explore new places!

Take your baby out to the park. More time spent at different places allows your little one to be exposed to different types of bacteria and strengthen his natural defences. A more diverse gut microbiota helps to build a healthier, stronger digestive system!

Stay Hydrated!

Drinking a lot of water can help your baby fight off heat and feel energized. It also helps food to pass through the digestive system more easily and aids with more regular bowel movements.

It is suggested that toddlers 1-6 years old should drink 4 to 7 glasses of fluids throughout the day14. If it is a hot day or your child is actively playing, he will need extra water. If your child does not like plain water, it is possible to flavour it with a splash of juice or slices of fruit.

 

14 Health Promotion Board. Water is the best choice, so sip to be cool! Retrieved from http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/health-article/7446

Keep Moving

Regular exercise helps keep food moving through your baby’s digestive system and facilitate his bowel movements. It is recommended that children should engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on five or more days a week15.

Make exercise fun and workout as a family, from simple post-dinner walk to weekly sports night, to encourage your little one to get fit!

 

15 Health Promotion Board. (2012). Birth to eighteen years: Dietary tips for your child's wellbeing. Retrieved from http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/health-article/6086

Stress Less

Stress may cause changes in bowel patterns. Teaching children to manage stressful situations such as breathing exercises, meditation or playing games as a distraction can be useful.

Starve out Bad Gut Bacteria

You are what you eat. Most people do not realise but they continue to eat toxic foods such as high levels of sugar and saturated fat, and live in a way that kills friendly bacteria and encourages bad bacteria to grow, hence breaking down the integrity of their gut lining. Help build your baby’s healthy digestive system and reduce his junk food intake!

 

Not all Prebiotics are the same!

There are numerous types of prebiotics, however not all provide the same benefits. So choose with care. Scientific research has shown that a unique internationally patented prebiotic blend* promotes a healthy gut bacteria profile and supports the body’s natural defences16.

* Patented GOS, lcFOS in ratio of 9:1 combination
16 Arslanoglu et al. 2008. Journal of Nutrition, 138:1091-1095

 

Important Notice

Breast milk is best for babies 

Breast milk is the best for babies. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age-appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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