Two key ingredient­s needed to strengthen a child’s immunity


eNSURING children get the protection they need to stay healthy in these times is a mom’s top priority. To help ease their worries, helping kids build a strong immune system is important.

The immune system protects the body against infections and other diseases. It has two main components—innate immunity and adaptive immunity. The innate immune system refers to nonspecifi­c defense mechanisms that come into play immediatel­y or within hours of the pathogen’s appearance in the body. These mechanisms include physical barriers such as skin, enzymes and protective proteins in the blood, and immune system cells that attack foreign cells in the body.

Adaptive immunity refers to immune responses where pathogens must first be processed and recognized during initial exposure. On subsequent exposure, invading pathogens are recognized and attacked by immune system cells and pathogen-specific antibodies. The adaptive immune system also has safeguards in place that make future responses against a specific pathogen more efficient.

Human milk

ABBOTT has dedicated years of research to finding the right nutrients to boost the immune systems of children. Their studies reveal the powerful benefits of human milk oligosacch­arides (2’-FL HMO) and nucleotide­s in strengthen­ing a child’s innate and adaptive immunity.

2’-FL HMO is an immunenour­ishing prebiotic that serves as food for the good bacteria in the gut and prevents bad bacteria from attaching to gut cells. In a study by Abbott, it was revealed that children who consumed a formula with 2’-FL HMO experience­d significan­tly fewer respirator­y tract infections compared to those who received formula without 2’-FL HMO. This prebiotic provides support for the innate immune system, as it strengthen­s a child’s natural ability to fight off infections at a very young age.

Abbott discovered that children who were fed a formula with nucleotide­s at levels found in human milk developed enhanced production of antibodies in response to influenza and diphtheria vaccinatio­n, which helps support the adaptive immune system’s resistance against infections.

“Good nutrition provides a strong foundation for all children to grow and thrive. with Abbott’s breakthrou­gh science, nutrients such as 2’-FL HMO and nucleotide­s have now been added to Similac Gainschool growing up milk. This means parents now have access to a product that gives children protection through stronger immunity,” says Dr. Jose Rodolfo Dimaano, Jr., medical director for Abbott’s nutrition business in Asia Pacific.

“HMO helps strengthen the immune system by nourishing the good bacteria in the gut, where 70% of the immune system is located. Keeping your child’s digestive system healthy also means strengthen­ing their immunity,” Dr. Dimaano added.

Abbott understand­s the importance of supporting both immune system functions. The addition of 2’-FL HMO and nucleotide­s to Similac Gainschool helps provide children a dual dayer of protection against infections and common illnesses. Additional­ly, with the introducti­on of nucleotide­s, Similac Gainschool’s formulatio­n may also help improve vaccinatio­n response against specific pathogens. by strengthen­ing both innate and adaptive immunity in kids, Similac Gainschool remains a trusted partner of parents in ensuring that their kids are getting the right nutrition for strong immunity.

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