You may hear about probiotics and see them in the aisle of your drugstore and wonder what they are for and if they could really help your baby. Probiotics, or ‘good bacteria,’ are living microorganisms that are similar to those found naturally in the gut. Mommy’s Bliss Probiotic Drops contain the live culture Lactobacilus rhamnosus GG, the most widely studied probiotic in the world with over 800 scientific publications attesting to the safety and healthfulness of these beneficial bacteria.
Recent studies have credited probiotics with improving immunity, easing constipation, preventing diarrhea and easing tummy troubles including colic. The good bacteria can help improve digestion and stomach function leading fewer tummy troubles like infant gas and colic. A 2007 study in the journal “Pediatrics” found that giving probiotics helped to keep the bacteria in the gut balanced which resulted in less intestinal inflammation which can be a contributing factor in gas or colic in babies.
If you don’t want to give probiotics as a daily supplement many doctors will recommend that you give them in conjunction with antibiotics since antibiotics kill off some of the good bacteria naturally found in the gut. They are also good to take after a period of vomiting or diarrhea to restore some of the good bacteria that was lost.
Many babies can benefit from taking probiotics, talk to your doctor if you have any questions about whether they are right for your baby.