Thomas Ludwig, an expert on gastrointestinal health of Nutricia Research Center of Singapore, said the function of the gastrointestinal tract is not simply absorb nutrients from food. Gastrointestinal tract also acts as a producer for the body's largest immune substances.
"Gastrointestinal tract affects almost the entire process of growing up. The problem of the gastrointestinal tract mean trouble for the entire body," said Ludwig, in a media briefing Nutricia 7 Greatness stomach at the JW Marriot, Kawasan Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta.
So, what are the negative effects that would occur if a baby is often known gastrointestinal disorder? Ludwig following narrative:
1. Baby difficulty feeding
One of the gastrointestinal disorder that often affects infants is infantile colic. Infantile colic can make a baby fussy and kept crying, making it difficult for the feeding to the mother.
When a baby is difficult feeding, then of course his nutritional needs will be less, which does not affect the optimal growth and development.
2. Mom stress
Infants who experience gastrointestinal disturbances rental fussing and crying. Even based on personal experience Ludwig, parents can awake until the early hours due to a baby's cry.
This makes the hours of sleep and rest the mother is reduced, and causing mental burden for the mother. Keep in mind one of the success factors of mothers gave exclusive breastfeeding is a feeling of happiness, which is of course difficult to be felt if the mother is stressed.
3. Quality of life of children low
Gastrointestinal disorders make the body's immune system decreases. As a result, children become more susceptible to infections and sickly.
Frequent illness and infection of course make children can not play and move normally, which of course will degrade the quality of life.
4. Growth is not optimal
If the baby's gastrointestinal health is bad, he will get sick more easily because the immune system is weakened. Often ill turns affect the baby's growth.
Normally, the baby got about 750 grams of weight gain in the first 4 months. However, if the babies are often sick, weight gain is not optimal, the risk of making it thinner and shorter in the future.