Kunal Sharma

How are Children's Digestive Systems Different from Adults???

May, 2017
The Master Responds

Children and adults have the same digestive organs, although the organs of newborn and developing children do not operate at their full capacity. The digestive system of a newborn baby is ready to digest nutrients through less dense foods like breast milk. Well, lots of mothers still do not know that breast milk is the best nourishment for small newborn babies. Breast milk and coconut oil both have the same power and both contain Lauric acid, Caprylic acid, Capric acid, and many more things which other foods do not have. These acids have properties like antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. They save newborn babies from lots of diseases and at the same time strengthen the baby’s immune system for future health. Studies show that breast fed babies have higher IQ and lower incidence of allergies, asthma, eczema and of course digestive functions. Babies are born with a system ready to digest and absorb breast milk, i.e nature’s perfect food.

One should keep in mind that the digestive fire of babies is not the same as that of adults. Digestive fire means the capacity to digest different meals, break down proteins, carbs and fats into smaller particles that can be absorbed by the digestive system. This digestive fire increases as babies start teething and are ready to eat solid foods. The small intestine in infants develops rapidly where the major action of absorption happens but is more prone to injury than an adult’s. A baby is more vulnerable to food allergens, such as gluten, dairy, broccoli, cauliflower and beans so the mother should be careful about these foods.


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