Gut inflammation and rebuilding baby’s microbiome

We went back to the paed yesterday after seeing blood. He agreed that it is possible for the rotavirus to be a bit harsh on his sensitive gut but it’s hard to say one way or another and in my view, medical professionals are censored from speaking detrimentally about any immunisations.

He said that, notwithstanding the blood/inflammation of his gut that he recommends we proceed with getting the second dose and says the virus itself would be a whole lot worse than this gut inflammation.

The other part of the picture is that I have slipped up with soy and coconut in the last 2 or so weeks. I had protein balls that contained both 🙁 this would have no doubt contributed to the inflammation so now, moving forward, I just need to focus on bringing down this inflammation of his gut and we will then hopefully see the blood and mucous go away.

I need to get on top of avoiding coconut, this has been another learning curve as it’s not one I have eliminated previously and again is in a lot of things; protein balls (of course), Bio Cheese – Vegan cheese, any others you wouldn’t ordinarily think of, please let me know!

Once I have got on top of completely eliminating Coconut too and have got the soy out of my body from the slip up, I am hoping his stomach will improve immensely but I’m also looking into other ways to improve his gut and reduce the inflammation.

One thing that bothers me is that some people don’t think that inflammation is a big deal, ‘it’s just a bit of mucous/blood’ but from what I know, inflammation can cause many other issues.

I will summarise what I find, for my own reference and if it is of any use to anyone else. I will also likely take him to my naturopath/nutritionist as she has been sooo helpful with myself and my family in the past. I trust she will put him on a probiotic and something else to assist the process.

I’ve read various articles and the general gist of what they say is:

  • Avoid anti biotics where possible for Mum and Bub
  • Get a family pet this assists in gut bacteria (we have 2)
  • Eat according to guides below during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Consider probiotics for Mum and Bub
  • Consider delaying the introduction of solids if possible (4-6 months is the norm)
  • Delay baby’s first bath (I did)

To help support your gut microbiome focus on eating a nutrient dense diet with adequate amounts of fibre rich foods such as fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

We also know that prebiotic fibres in particular help feed our good gut bacteria. Prebiotics are found in a variety of foods including Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, leek, onion, garlic, beetroot, sweetcorn, savoy cabbage, legumes, nectarines, white peaches, persimmon, tamarillo, watermelon, grapefruit, pomegranate, dried dates, dried figs, barley, rye flour, wheat bran, oats, cashews and pistachios.

Probiotic rich foods such as yoghurt are also very beneficial to include in your pregnancy diet.

Of course some of these I can’t eat – being dairy/gluten/soy/egg free but I have noted down what I can and will incorporate into meal plans.

  • Lots of plant-based, colourful, polyphenol rich (plant chemicals) whole foods – we should be aiming for a predominantly PLANT-BASED diet with good diversity & variety. Aim for 30-40 serves of DIFFERENT plants foods per week. 
  • Veg, fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, legumes, pulses, wholegrains – lots of options!
  • Low / no sugar or processed foods (these feed the bad bugs)
  • PREbiotic foods – the undigestible fibres in plant food that FEED the live bugs
  • PRObiotic foods – foods that actually contain LIVE bugs – yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut etc

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/does-all-disease-begin-in-the-gut#inflammation

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/19-best-prebiotic-foods

https://www.lifestylenutrition.net.au/how-to-boost-baby-gut-health/


NOTE: these may not necessarily be scholarly articles however they generally support my view / are of assistance

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