Baby Health

A baby’s immune system takes time to develop fully, which is why it’s so important to ensure it gets a helping hand from the right nutrients. If you’re breastfeeding, key nutrients and protective factors like antibodies come directly from your breastmilk. Your breastmilk will also provide prebiotic oligosaccharides, which encourage the growth of healthy bacteria to protect them.

This section looks at how your baby’s immune system operates; how everything from a natural childbirth to immunisation against diseases can help to boost it.

Immunisations

Although some immunisations have courted controversy in the past, making sure your baby is immunised is still the most important way to protect them from some diseases. Still, lots of mums worry that the injections themselves will cause their baby pain – but it’s usually over in a second and very few babies experience any serious side effects.

This article will explain the importance of immunisation – read on to learn more about why and when you should immunise your baby to help safeguard their health as they grow.

When babies are born they have little immunity to disease – in fact, their immune system is constantly changing and developing throughout their lifetime. Because their immune system is still developing this means they are more susceptible to the sorts of bugs we, as adults, can, and regularly do, fight off.

Vaccines give your baby’s immune system the help it needs to protect them against serious illnesses by introducing a small amount of the disease or illness into their system. This manageable dose allows the immune system to learn how to fight the disease and become immune to it.

While it’s easy to think that some diseases are so uncommon your baby won’t need vaccinating against them, they are only rare because of immunisation; one outbreak amongst un-immunised babies is all it takes for an illness to resurface. That’s why immunisation is so important.

When to immunise

All babies – even premature ones – should be immunised from two months, when they start to lose the small amount of immunity they may have gained from you. Usually you’ll receive a letter from your doctor giving you a date for your baby’s immunisations.

Minor side-effects

Immunisations have an excellent safety record and allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare. Some babies have swelling or redness at the site of the injection. If your baby experiences this, a baby-friendly painkiller may help.

Occasionally babies suffer from very mild symptoms of the diseases they are being immunised against, but it’s unlikely that they’ll suffer any serious complications as a result. There’s a much greater risk to your baby from the disease itself if they’re not protected.

If you think your baby is having an adverse reaction to a vaccine, speak to your doctor. Our Careline team is also here to offer support and advice, just give us a call on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other Countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.