Find yourself caught up in all the ‘probiotic talk’? Wondering if your baby could benefit from taking probiotics? Here are just a few of the ways a daily probiotic supplement can be beneficial.
Gas and Colic
Gas & colic can be painful and unsettling for a baby and we know first hand how frustrating it can be to watch your little one struggle. If your baby is suffering from gas or colic, a daily probiotic might be able to help!
Probiotics are natural microorganisms similar to those found in healthy digestive tracts. By adding them to baby’s routine you could help to build up good bacteria in the gut leading to less tummy troubles like 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 is a major cause of gas & colic in infants. A 2011 study in the “European Journal of Clinical Investigation” found that probiotics can allow food to move through the digestive system more easily, leading to less frequent spitting up.
Upset Tummy and Diarrhea from Antibiotics
Baby has an infection and the doctor prescribed antibiotics. So why did she also suggest that you give baby a probiotic supplement? Antibiotics wipe out the bad bacteria causing the infection, but they can also wipe out the good bacteria in your gut. Taking the probiotics can help restore the balance of good bacteria in baby’s bowels and can help with preventing antibiotic induced diarrhea & tummy pain. While we recommend a daily probiotic, at the very least you’ll want to give probiotics during the round of antibiotics and for at least 2 weeks after.
Sometimes it feels like the first year of your baby’s life is really just a series of discussions about poop. What color is it? What’s the consistency? Is this normal? And maybe most concerning…where is the poop?? Constipation can be caused by several factors including changes to diet and changes to routine. Studies have shown that keeping the digestive tract healthy with a good amount of ‘good bacteria’ can help to prevent occasional bouts of constipation. A daily probiotic supplement can help keep your little one regular!
Probiotics can help with digestion, fight toxins and boost immunity. Try feeding your little one probiotic rich foods like yogurt or kefir or give her a daily probiotic supplement to keep her immune system strong.
The Importance of Probiotics for C-Section Babies
If your baby was born via c-section he could benefit from a daily probiotic supplement. A 2013 Swedish study found that c-section babies had less gut diversity during the first two years of life than babies delivered vaginally. They are lacking the Bacteroides phylum, which helps the immune system respond to the right triggers, that they would have otherwise been exposed to in the birth canal.