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What are some ways to help boost an infants immune system aside from breastfeeding?

I would love to ask a doctor that but I think the only
response I would get is "vaccines!!!"

Is there anything special you do, take, give to, your
non-vaxed babies?

And also, how do you pronounce titres?

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We still breastfeed (dd is almost 14 months). Aside from that, I eat a healthy diet that is filled with fruits, veggies, whole foods, and almost nothing processed. I eat organic whenever possible. Dd eats mostly organic foods now, and also only eats whole foods.

I also wasn't afraid of dd getting sick (after she was a couple of months old). I think that allowing her to be around other kids, and catch a few of their sniffles and whatever else they had, and breastfeeding her through it, really helped her immune system. We don't take any extra supplements, but I have a ton of faith in our whole diet, exercise, and sunshine
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i think these contribute to a healthy immune system, but for the record, NO ONE knows even more than a little about the immune system-it is so complex...
-good whole food diet thing
-good sleep
-no-stress
-laughing
-exercise
-fresh air


i also personally believe in herbs and supplements for both maintaining, preventing, and treating any illnesses. There are some chinese herbs that are solely meant for immune boosting. if you know of any homepath you might ask them.
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What are some ways to help boost an infants immune system aside from breastfeeding?
As Lee Marvin sang in "Paint Your Wagon", the best things in life are dirty. Expose them to plenty of soil and animal microorganisms:
  • Exposure to dirt!
  • Intestinal parasites!
  • Exposure to big slobbery farm animals!

All that stuff - gardening without gloves, having a few rounds of worm infestations, and being around large farm animals - either "normalizes" the immune system so it doesn't mistake foods and the child for enemies, or actually enhances the response of the immune system to previously unknown pathogens.

The jury is still out on cat and dog contact ... it seems to help and then is seems to hinder, maybe because they aren't correcting for some variable like exposure to soil microorganisms.

Just get your tetanus vaccination, watch out for the Legionella in the compost pile, and it's all good dirty fun.
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As Lee Marvin sang in "Paint Your Wagon", the best things in life are dirty. Expose them to plenty of soil and animal microorganisms:
  • Exposure to dirt!
  • Intestinal parasites!
  • Exposure to big slobbery farm animals!

All that stuff - gardening without gloves, having a few rounds of worm infestations, and being around large farm animals - either "normalizes" the immune system so it doesn't mistake foods and the child for enemies, or actually enhances the response of the immune system to previously unknown pathogens.

The jury is still out on cat and dog contact ... it seems to help and then is seems to hinder, maybe because they aren't correcting for some variable like exposure to soil microorganisms.

Just get your tetanus vaccination, watch out for the Legionella in the compost pile, and it's all good dirty fun.
I don't think I'll be giving my daughter any intestinal parasites or the tetanus shot any time soon. Isn't this the "I'm not vaccinating" board? As in, not giving our kids the tetanus vax?
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Is there really solid evidence that infection with intestional parasites is good for human health?
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Is there really solid evidence that infection with intestional parasites is good for human health?
I believe so. I don't have the recent study to hand.

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I'm looking into Cod liver oil and butter oil to supplement my families diets.
http://www.westonaprice.org/basicnut...dliveroil.html
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I give my 10 month old son probiotics everyday (good gut flora is essential to a healthy immune system). We still BF, I also give him SA when he is ill or fighting a cold. I have also used natural remedies and herbs, but these have been provided by his naturopath. I wouldn't give him anything without the guidance of a professional. (an ND that is...not an MD!)

If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson.

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Mine takes high-vitamin cod liver oil (got mine from radiantlifecatalog.com), Acerola Berry powder (for vitamin C, also from Radiant Life), unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, and Natren brand probiotics. She also eats fermented veggies like sauerkraut. I want to get into making my own homemade yogurt and kefir for probiotics too. All these, I believe, strengthen the immune system. She's almost 15 months old and hasn't been sick yet.

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As Lee Marvin sang in "Paint Your Wagon", the best things in life are dirty. Expose them to plenty of soil and animal microorganisms:
  • Exposure to dirt!
  • Intestinal parasites!
  • Exposure to big slobbery farm animals!

All that stuff - gardening without gloves, having a few rounds of worm infestations, and being around large farm animals - either "normalizes" the immune system so it doesn't mistake foods and the child for enemies, or actually enhances the response of the immune system to previously unknown pathogens.

The jury is still out on cat and dog contact ... it seems to help and then is seems to hinder, maybe because they aren't correcting for some variable like exposure to soil microorganisms.

Just get your tetanus vaccination, watch out for the Legionella in the compost pile, and it's all good dirty fun.

is it just me or does this seem a bit extreme?
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I have been giving DD probiotics since infancy. A homeopath suggested it to me, we use a refrigerated, powdered kind that you can put in a beverage or mix with applesauce, etc. DD has had colds, of course, but I do find illnesses seem to be shorter and milder than other kids. Most of the immune system is in the gut, so keeping things healthy in there is important.

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OT I have seen a study where they use worms to cure colitis. The immune system start to attack the worms instead of the bowel and the person is healthy. I cant remember what the worm was called but it was pretty harmless.

I keep a germy house. As in I dont use disinfectants. I keep it clean in appearance only. I think kids need germs. Also I give her vitamin C and D when she is sick. I give her probiotics every few days as well. I also try to avoid antibiotics and I havent needed them yet. I have cure her eye infection with breastmilk. I put breastmilk on any scrapes or cuts and will probably use it for an ear infection if she ever gets one.

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