Yin and yang create a fundamental concept that can help you characterize your baby’s overall condition and move toward a solution to help her maintain her balance. In general, you can establish balance by reducing excessive yin or yang while adding the opposite foods or treatments.
Your baby’s immune system fights harmful microbes when they attack. Her body also can build immunity—thus avoiding the need for a future fight—as it overcomes a particular sickness.
Effective defense against disease means not only avoiding germs but also building a strong overall physical constitution, so that when your baby does become sick, her body can fight the illness more efficiently.
Natural healing is a holistic approach that treats your whole baby, rather than treating individual parts of her physical body. It views all systems as integrated and working together and considers all aspects of her condition.
Although a healthy child is naturally resilient and resistant to external factors that can cause imbalance, it is useful to consider the scientific perspective of the “germ theory.” According to this view, the majority of challenges to your baby’s health come in the form of pathogens—biological agents of disease.
Your baby can start eating some fermented foods between six and eight months. If your child is experiencing digestive issues, fermented foods can help him get back on track with a stronger community of intestinal flora.
At birth, your baby begins to develop healthy bacteria in his digestive system to support his digestion and absorption of nutrients and help build his immunity.
Health experts recommend that mothers breast-feed their babies for six months as their exclusive form of nourishment. They also suggest that mothers continue breast-feeding as a primary food source after introducing solid foods and other liquids to their babies.
Offering your child fermented foods will help her develop a wide diversity of flora in her gut, which has multiple health benefits.