Probiotics are the new craze in health stores, but is it something your baby needs, and are they safe?
As parents, we are dedicated to ensuring our children grow up healthy and strong. We try to provide them with healthy diets and foods that are fortified with vitamins and nutrients. We want them to have healthy growth and development, and we want them to be healthy.
One way you can help your child remain healthy is with probiotics. These are safe and “healthy” bacteria that helps our body’s immune system fight off infection. Probiotics are available as supplements and can be added to foods or drinks.
For your baby, there are specific baby-friendly infant probiotics available over the counter at most grocery stores and pharmacies. Typically, these are sold in pouches (dry form) or droppers (liquid form) that are then added to your child’s bottle or food. If you choose the liquid form, the probiotics can be dropped directly into your child’s mouth and does not have to be mixed with anything else.
Can I Give My Baby Probiotics? Answer: Yes.
You can also purchase baby food that has already had the probiotics added. This saves you time during preparation and also saves you some money, as they are not cheap. It is also important to check the label of your baby’s formula (if your formula feed) as some formulas have now been fortified with probiotics.
Probiotics can also be found naturally in certain foods, such as yogurt. Yogurt is perfectly safe for your child after he or she is six months old and as long as the yogurt has been pasteurized. Consuming unpasteurized yogurt is very unhealthy to a young child or infant.
Another Method of Probiotic Delivery
If you breast feed, your child can receive probiotics through breast milk if the mother has a diet rich in them. These safe bacteria will flow from mother to child, enriching your child’s system.
The use of probiotics in infants has been linked to helping cure children from skin irriations, diarrhea and colic. While probiotics are healthy, we recommend consulting with your child’s doctor if they suffer from skin irritations, diarrhea or colic.
What Probiotics Do
Probiotics help balance out the immune and digestive system, and they have a great track record of helping those children who suffer from digestive problems. Probiotics is most notorious for helping babies who suffer from colic. Colic is a condition in which a child cries for lengthy periods of time without being able to be consoled. This condition has been studied for years, and most researchers cannot come up with a reason as to why it starts or why it stops.
Some believe it has to do with painful digestive problems, as most children tend to start their excessive crying after a bottle. Adding probiotics to your colicy child’s diet may help reduce their pain (and give parents a rest).
Consult Your Doctor
Before starting your child on probiotic supplements, you should consult with your child’s doctor. He or she may have a specific brand for you to try or suggest using the probiotics found naturally in foods over using supplements. Your child’s doctor will also be able to give you dosage instructions. While they are safe, your child’s doctor may not want your child to be given a supplement every day. On the other hand, maybe they do. They will probably also want to see your child again after probiotics have been started to tract their success.
So remember, probiotics are a bacteria that help your baby fight off disease and remain healthy. They have been known to cure digestive issues in children, such as colic, diarrhea and gas, and has even played a major role in treating eczema and other skin irritations. Probiotics are available as supplements and come in powder or liquid form.
These supplements can be found at most grocery stores or pharmacies. Certain baby foods along with formulas have already had probiotics added. For this reason, you should always check the label before giving food to your child. Probiotics can also be found naturally in certain foods, such as yogurt.
Remember that it is always best to consult with your child’s doctor before starting probiotics. Not only will they be able to discuss the topic and answer your questions, but they will be able to provide you with information regarding dosage, usage and frequency in order to keep your child safe.