Delivery by caesarean section (cesarean section) is increasingly common and many mothers do. There are many reasons or causes for cesarean delivery, ranging from medical conditions and choices of mothers themselves. On the other hand, children born via cesarean delivery may also experience health problems. So, what are the effects of a cesarean delivery from your little one’s side? Check out the following reviews.
Effect of cesarean delivery on the child’s immune system
Based on several experiences of mothers who have undergone a cesarean deliveryThere is an impact that is felt by the little one, which is that they tend to get sick more easily and have allergies.
A 2012 study discusses the comparison of normal and cesarean delivery and its impact on children. This study states that during the caesarean section, the child is not exposed to good bacteria in the mother’s birth canal, causing a lack of essential bacteria from the mother.
The bacteria in question turned out to play an important role in the child’s immune system. Therefore, children who are born cesarean are said to have a greater chance of being sick. Even your little one can experience allergies because their immune system is not as good as a normal child.
Children born by Caesarean can still have normal immune systems
Still from the same research (Neu & Rushing, 2012), it was also stated that good bacteria in the intestines of children can be affected by breastfeeding. In other words, breast milk needs to be given immediately after cesarean delivery to help increase the good bacteria in your little one’s intestines.
In addition, it was reported from the page La Leche League International, breastfeeding after cesarean section is one way to make you closer to your little one.
Mothers may experience difficulty in breastfeeding after cesarean section, but try to get your little one breast milk by asking for help from health workers.
The content of breast milk helps increase the good bacteria in the intestines of children born with caesarean section
Quoted from one of the journals from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for children while providing protection against various types of infections.
Therefore, the immune system of a child who is breastfed immediately after birth can do a better job of providing protection. The impact is that children do not get sick easily.
In addition, breastfeeding is also associated with allergies and autoimmune diseases. In the journal from JAOA it is also stated that exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months of life can reduce the risk of atopic allergies.
Based on research in 2018, ASI has properties as a prebiotic and probiotic which functions to regulate and maintain the number of good bacteria in the intestine. The benefits of breast milk due to its prebiotic and probiotic content do not only affect the intestinal microbial ecosystem. But also in microbial ecosystems in the airways and nasopharynx cavities associated with asthma.
Prebiotics are fiber that is found in many fruits and vegetables, especially those containing complex carbohydrates such as asparagus, bananas, and garlic.
With the addition of an adequate intake of prebiotics, the number of good bacteria in the intestines of babies born in cesarean can increase. This is because prebiotics can be analogous to food for these good bacteria. Apart from food sources, prebiotics can also be obtained in the form of FOS and GOS.
Meanwhile, probiotics is a term for organisms that directly increase the population of good bacteria in the gut. For example bifidobacterium.
Thanks to the combination of prebiotic and probiotic content, breast milk also acts as a synbiotic for children. This is evidenced by 2017 study which states that the role of breast milk as a synbiotic is useful for preventing pathogens (disease-causing parasites) from developing. Apart from that it also causes infection.
A child born by Caesarean section may not get enough good bacteria which are useful for the immune system. Therefore, children born C-section need more additional probiotic intake. It comes from breast milk, food, and also growth milk.
But you don’t need to worry about being afraid of having a cesarean delivery. Breastfeeding can help boost the immune system thanks to its synbiotic content. This can increase the number of good bacteria in your little one’s intestine as in children who are born normally.
For more information on cesarean delivery, you can follow special class or a series of Webinars with Experts to prepare mothers for pregnancy and postpartum. Also add knowledge by continuing to read articles about caesarean delivery from Hello Sehat, yes, Mom!
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